When does the story end? #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal #author

Several months ago, I came across a blog that asked this question: "Epilogues do we need them?" In the blog, the author went on to say . . . "Romance novels have a very strict structure. Depending on the romance publisher, the prescribed format can be even stricter. The general rule is that once the [...]

Step away from the computer . . . #writing #amwriting #family #author #blessings

For this month's Wednesday Blessing, I'm reflecting on time. In the last several months, I've grown accustomed to one thing: sitting in front of my computer for more hours of the day than I wanted. I supposed wanted is the wrong word, because in all honesty, wanted implies that I had no choice in the [...]

A Writer’s Life as told by Chandler Bing #writing #amwriting #author #romance #fantasy #paranormal

Nearly a year ago, I wrote a post called A Writer's Life as told by Joey Tribbiani from the hit TV show Friends. About nine months later, I did another one called A Writer's Life as told by Ross Geller and after this one, I did A Writer's Life as told by Phoebe Buffay. Not only [...]

Trolls exist . . . it’s true, they steal your socks! #writing #amwriting #author #romance #fantasy

Any author who has novels on the market knows about "those reviews". You know those bad reviews where you just know that the person sitting on the other side of the screen typed those nasty-beyond-nasty words just out of spite. Maybe they know you personally or met you in a public place and without meaning to [...]

Behaving Badly ~ The Curse of the Internet Rant #writing #amwriting #author #selfpublishing #wednesdayblessings

Today, I'm reflecting on grace. I remember a fire storm erupting a couple of years ago over  one author's rant against JK Rowling. In the article, author  Lynn Shepherd bashed the famed Harry Potter creator and all her fans. Suffice it say this attack didn't bode well for Ms. Shepherd's career, and with the hate mail she received and [...]

They Hated the Movie #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal #author

One afternoon while watching Saving Mr. Banks (the Disney movie based off the trials that Walt Disney had to overcome with P.L. Travers in order to make Mary Poppins) I got to thinking about how many other authors have hated the movie versions of their novels. What? An author hated that their novels were made into movies? Isn't [...]

Writing by the Light of my Chrismas Tree #Christmas #MerryChristmas #Christmastree

Not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. Well, unless I count myself.  🙂 It is 5am a few days until Christmas. I'm sitting on my couch in my soft robe with a cup of hot chocolate---laced with a peppermint stick, of course---in my hand and my computer in lap. It's a blissful morning since I'm writing by the [...]

Your Book is not Their Baby #writing #amwriting #romance #paranormal #fantasy #author

A few months ago I read something that struck me like a lightning bolt. Duh. Why didn't I think of it like that before? I mean, it's totally obvious, but still, the thought had never crossed my mind (for the full post, click on the link). So what was this something? "As a writer, your [...]

Lack of support? Just let it go . . . #writing #amwriting #author #romance #fantasy #paranormal

Recently, I got into a discussion with a writer friend about if writing novels was worth the effort. Surely, it is when you consider you're doing something your passionate about. A lot of writers say if they couldn't write, they'd lose their outlet. It's a wall that we can throw out in front of us, [...]

Glitz, Glamour, and . . . Fuzzy Pants? #writing #amwriting #author #romance #fantasy #paranormal

I've often seen a Facebook meme about the life of an author. What I think I do, what my mom thinks I do, what society thinks I do, what I want to do, and what I really do. While it's a pretty comical little picture, I don't think people realize how much of it is [...]

When your Passion becomes your Vice #writing #amwriting #mom #mommy #author

It all started out innocently enough. Of course, don't all things start out that way? We never mean to do the harm we eventually end up doing, right? We never actively pursue the quest to hurt a friend or family member. Sometimes we see it coming, but that's after we've started. And yet, sometimes we [...]

A Writer’s Life as told by Ross Gellar #writing #amwriting #romance #fantasy #paranormal

Several months ago I did a post on A Writer's Life as told by Joey Tribbiani. While I don't really want to repeat the same post, my multiple requests I've been asked to do another. And this time I've decided to take on Ross Gellar. Ross was a bit harder than Joey, but I still [...]

To fake it, or not to fake it . . . #writing #amwriting #author #romance #fantasy #paranormal

I have been blessed with fantastic writer friends. Yes, I am one of the lucky ones that can say that. In the past several months, in an effort to make more time for reading, I've been challenging myself to a book a month---a challenge that I've been able to keep. Yay! So far my reading [...]

An author is an author is an author #writing #amwriting #author #romance #fantasy

Several weeks ago I saw another author post a question on Facebook about what makes an author. Is it one book published, five books published, or maybe ten books? How many books would she have to publish in order to call herself an author? She proceeded to go into some detail about a conversation she [...]

How dare you be Historical!?!? #writing #amwriting #historicalfiction #historicalromance #author

In the last few weeks, I've stumbled across Outlander. Yes I know I'm far behind, and we are now on season two, but with season one on DVD, I was able to catch up on the first season before the second even started. Of course, while I've been addicted to this TV show airing on Starz every week,  [...]