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.
Do any of your characters you’ve written into your books remind you of yourself? Explain which ones and why.
Absolutely! There’s a little bit of me in every character. In Gemini, I had the career of the antagonist, the psychopathic killer, in my day job. In my career after school as a holistic health practitioner, I used the same alternative therapies that my forensic psychiatrist does.
Was there a teacher or mentor in your life who nurtured your writing?
I discussed in a previous blog, the teacher from hell, who destroyed my self-esteem and confidence in myself as a writer. I won’t repeat that hurtful time in my life here. If you’d like to view it you can scroll down for past blogs.
As for nurturing my writing, a big resounding yes! I have my fellow mermaids and mermen from my SSRA writers chapter. Without their support, encouragement, critiquing to make my manuscript ready for submission, I truly believe I would not be in contract with Gemini today. They’ve taught me strategies for submission, how to choose what I need to do, everything from writing the first word to writing, The End, in the final draft. To meet our mermaids and mermen, please visit our awesome website! http://SunshineStateRomanceAuthors.com
Being a member of RWA has afforded me the opportunity to learn about online courses, conferences which were so awesome where I pitched and always got manuscript requests. I believe it was meant for me to move to Florida, against my husbands desires, but he came along anyway, just so that the universe could put me in a position to have met SSRA.
Every author has that moment when they doubt their ability to write. When that happens how do you pull yourself up by the bootstraps and continue? What do you do to inspire yourself?
Many authors feel this way after they’ve gotten a rejection from an agent or publisher. This has been my strategy and it has worked for me and I hope maybe it’ll work for the writers who read this blog. First I will research publishers to submit my manuscript to. I make sure they’re excepting the Genre I’m working on. I printed out all of the material from the website including submission guidelines. I number them in the order of submissions in which I want to make them. I read once, that we should have no less than five submissions out at a time. I believe in having less than that. My reason being, is that if someone is kind enough to give you feedback, weigh it, think about it, and make changes if it would make your manuscript better and more sellable. I’ll only submit one or two at a time. If I get a rejection, since I have a back list, I say ‘next’ and move on. This strategy worked for me in obtaining my contract from Black Opal Books.
For me personally, to convince myself that there is no doubt I have skills as a writer, I’ll often talk to my critique partners. There are times I question the readability level of my manuscripts thinking they are too low. My critique partners assure me that they are not. I’ll also check the Kincaid readability levels that are in Microsoft Word. The standard novel is written between eighth and 10th grade reading level, and I like to make sure that for the most part, I exceed that. Those are the kind of novels I like to read and write as well.
To inspire myself I use many tools of empowerment. They are meditations with the candle I program for success for the specific ms I’m working on. I also use crystals and healing stones. And I have my Lord Ganesh statue with me at all times.
Now onto another awesome writer, Elizabeth Janette at http://www.ElizabethJanette.com
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