In a writer’s life, striking a balance can be difficult when deadlines encroach, but my critique group keeps me sane and reminds me that there’s more to life than the next 2,000 words.
Writers, what activity kicks your muse back into place or just gives you the space to bring a fresh perspective to your prose? I quilt!
Two weeks ago, the Asheville Citizen-Times profiled me in the paper’s Sunday “Living” section. The reporter sent me a list of questions. Following is the interview. Occupation: Romance Author As many people do when they move to Asheville, I reinvented myself. I had been in public relations for the past 30 years in Orlando; owning … Continue reading
What inspires you? I’m often inspired by dreams, both good and bad. More than one nightmare has helped create a villain or a fight scene in my writing. The hero in Blood, Smoke and Mirrors was inspired by a dream–except that it wasn’t my dream, it was my husband’s. I happily took his idea and … Continue reading
I love heroes with tortured pasts. Heroes who are bitter, who were burned by a love gone wrong and who are convinced they’ll never love again–because it’s so much fun as a writer to convince them otherwise. This is why I’m addicted to vampire romance, because if a character’s been around for a few centuries … Continue reading
They say that everyone’s a critic, and in the intarweb age, that’s certainly true. But as a writer, I’ve come to believe that every manuscript needs a critic. I couldn’t live without my critique group and my beta readers, because I need someone to tell me “Hey, that’s a bad idea.” And, more importantly, they … Continue reading
Rob Tobin’s insights into the world of publishing should resonate with writers.
What’s the meaning of “quality” time? Do we need non-productive periods to recharge and become productive, again? Isn’t all time, quality time?
When we’re hot in the middle of a work in progress, it’s easy to focus on the whole forest we’re trying to create instead of focusing on each individual tree. (This metaphor is perfect for my day before Thanksgiving reflection. All is madness here as I try to create a holiday my family will remember.) I … Continue reading
How have your travels enriched your reading or inspired your writing?