LIKE PICKING A FAVORITE CHILD…

This may seem unlikely…but I can’t pick a favorite out of the books I’ve written. Like children, some were easier to birth (terribly analogy. Birth is never easy), but even if I had more trouble in some stages of the creation, I like all my books. Really. I know this sounds ridiculous and braggy, but each story has a charm and pull of it’s own for me or I wouldn’t have written it.

An even bigger admission….when I read the books I wrote a dozen years ago, I even make myself laugh. Truth.

I just love words…and characters. Words drawn me in and seduce me. I’m kind of a drooling idiot in the presence of a well-crafted sentence. One of my favorite authors, Georgette Heyer (love to read her period romances, as well as her mysteries. Could never write either) has a wonderful line in the regency Arabella that I can actually quote. I love the structure of it and the rhythm.

I realize that there is no objective measure for something like this. Readers love different things. Some get caught up in the structure of stories and some don’t care about structure as long as something else about the story tickles their fancies. One of my critique partners write a whole series around an interfering mother. The mother character amused her, while I just wanted to strangle the character and slap her around a little.

That being said(all violence aside), I flesh out the characters in my stories and they become almost like real people with idiosyncrasies and blind spots. I feel them, if that makes sense, and I love them. They’re like really good friends.

I just had a new Twitter friend ask which of my books she should read first–which was my favorite. Sorry, can’t pick. I love them all.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW–BETH HENDERSON!

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Like many writers, it was while I was still in grade school that I made the decision. Was twelve and ran out of Nancy Drew books to read so I started my own, though I invented my own people rather than use Nancy andContinue Reading

Author Interview with wonderful Jan Romes!

Interviewing Jan Romes, author of Taming Tori and Married to Maggie– When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I don’t recall the exact moment when I decided I wanted to pursue storytelling, but I can tell you that I’ve had stories and characters tumbling around in my head forever. When myContinue Reading

LEAVING READER FEEDBACK

I may be preaching to the choir  here, but readers, we need your opinions! Whether or not these are always glowing, we writers want to hear from you. In days long ago, the only way for a reader to contact an author was to write to the publishing house and hope their letter was eventually forwarded.Continue Reading

IT’S A RELATIONSHIP THING

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: C. A. SZAREK

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? When I was very young. I started with poetry (had one in the newspaper when I was in 3rd grade) then stories, then novels when I was a teen. I finished one when I was 17. The first of many books to follow. JContinue Reading

WHAT MAKES ROMANCE REAL?

I’d love to hear from readers as to what makes the romances in the books they read seem convincing and satisfying? This topic has been often debated among writers of my acquaintance. For a long time, (remember, I’m not 20), readers loved to read about powerful heroes who demonstrated their love by looking stoic andContinue Reading

ARE BLUE COLLAR GUYS HOT?

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Snarled-Up Love

Ever read a romance where nothing much seems to happen? Girl meets Boy and they live happily ever after? That would certainly make for a short book and a boring one, too. When in real life do relationships ever work that way? When girl meets boy, she sometimes doesn’t even like him…although she may thinkContinue Reading

Book Review: Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

As a writer of contemporary romance, my books are written for adults, but I occasionally dip into other waters as a reader. I ran across Anna and The French Kiss, a YA, while randomly looking for something interesting to occupy my down time. It is my habit–in the manner of yore when readers browsed through brick-and-mortar bookstores–toContinue Reading