Romance Weekly: Week 7

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Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn’t you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well, you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all…… About our writing of course! Every Tuesday we’ll all answer the same questions and after you’ve enjoyed the blog on this site, we’ll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride. Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box. 

When someone finds out you’re a writer how do you handle ‘I have a story you
should write?’

That actually has happened to me several times. I’ll go on to ask the
prospective writer what their story is about. They usually tell me it’s
autobiographical or a recovery from some trauma. I don’t have the heart to tell
them, well sometimes I do, that autobiographical work doesn’t really sell well
unless you’re someone of prominence. I’ll tell them to call me when they’re
ready to think it through or take notes. Not once has that happened.

Do you write what you read?

Yes. A big resounding yes. I love crime based psychological thrillers with very
strong damaged antagonists. My female antagonists are psychopathic predatory
murderers. In Gemini there is one. In my sequel  to Gemini or if Gemini does not
turn out to be a sequel the next psychological thriller will have a group of
female murderers.

I also love agency based thrillers FBI, DEA, NYPD. Gemini is NYPD. My WIP,
Operation Destiny, is DEA. Even though Operation Destiny is a romantic suspense,
it has a crime based plot. It’s also very psychological because I get into the
mind behind the crime, which happens to be my tagline. I think my psychological
preferences stem from my education and psychology background.

People often mistake the life of a writer as glamorous, give us the scoop, what
about your lifestyle would shock your readers?

LOL! Glamorous is not the adjective I would use to describe my lifestyle. It is
not really glamorous when you sit in your nightgown at your computer, with
messy hair, and a tall glass of iced coffee next to your computer as you’re
typing. That’s the great part about working from home. I can work on my schedule
not have to kowtow to anyone else’s and do what I want to do when I want to do
it. However being on a deadline, whether self-imposed or not, does present
issues. For example your social life decreases. My friends know when I’m at the
pool, and my head is either in my notebook, or iPad, they wouldn’t dare
interrupt. I ignore them like I’m  on another planet. I’ve given up going out to
lunches and to mahjongg, because my characters are gnawing in my head and
struggling to bounce out onto paper. You find yourself spending less time with
friends who are only out for fun because you’re still working on something
that’s a passion. I’m not into being into senior- camp 24/7. And then
there’s the hubby. Spouses have learned to cook dinner, even if it’s tuna fish or
franks, fold and put away laundry, and spend lonely nights in their own man cave
watching hockey as we’re diligently by the computer in the office.

Then there’s the time I feel guilty and get away from the computer to spend time
with hubby even when I don’t want to. But he’s got to feel wanted too. And he
doesn’t exactly like my book boyfriends who are a lot younger and hotter than
him. Well maybe they were him, 35 yrs ago.

Hope you enjoyed this blog. Please feel free to leave comments and questions.

And please do follow me on Twitter @RonnieAnovelist, or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ronnie.allen.507

Please continue the tour with another awesome writer, Leslie Hachtel at http://www.lesliehachtelwriter.wordpress.com

The Mind Behind The Crime,

Ronnie

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12 Comments

  1. What a great image of you at the pool, head buried in a notebook. I try to tear myself away from the book boyfriends when the family is home but it’s sooo hard. A work in progress, you might say. Now where’s my iced coffee?

    • Hi Carrie, Yup that’s me almost daily. But at our pool, there are no book boyfriend types… all seniors. LOL I’ve always gone for the alpha, athletic, muscular hunks so it’s so natural for me to write them. I’m always the heroine in my novels. I just go back in time 30 plus years! Best, Ronnie

  2. Nightgown? Isn’t it called a dress if you wear it all day? Well, at least that’s what I tell myself about my PJ’s. Kind of like Vector from Despicable Me. “They’re not pajamas! Their a lounge suit!” ROFL!

    • Hi Rebekah. Nope still a nightgown so if my body says its pooped, I can go straight to my warm, cuddly bed. LOL Best, Ronnie

    • Hi Mishka! That’s why I do so much of my writing in the evening. I can get comfy in my nightgown. Best, Ronnie

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