Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Blogging at Seven Night Writers


I'm going to try this blogging thing again, but I'm going to try it a different way this time. Because I often don't have time to post, I've joined a group of bloggers. This gives me one: a set time to blog--twice every month, and two: a set topic--social media. A schedule should help keep me on track. :) I may start blogging here again regularly one day. Eventually. Until then, on the 13th and 28th of every month, you can check out my posts at the Night Writers blog. My first post will be up tomorrow. I'll be talking about online reviews. I hope you'll come visit me!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Guest Blogging Today

I'm guest blogging at Sapphire Phelan's Passion Corner today. Click here to find out why I write love stories--and read/watch them voraciously as well.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Interiority Complex

No, that's not a typo. I meant "interiority." Allow me to explain. In one sentence: it's easy to get lost in your POV character's head. Now, allow me to elaborate.

There's a natural tendency--especially when you're writing in the 1st person--to get bogged down in your character's thoughts. Now don't get me wrong. It's important to let your readers know what your characters are thinking. And inner thoughts can be extremely important to developing back story, building emotion in important scenes, etc. However, you have to make sure you're not going overboard.

I'm not saying never ever write them. There are no "nevers," no absolutes, when it comes to writing. And I encourage you to use them in your first drafts. Use any and everything that helps you get the story on paper--or the screen--in your first draft. As the saying goes, you can't edit what you haven't written yet, right? However, be careful when revising. That's all I'm saying. If you have a page and a half of a character trying to decide if she wants chocolate ice cream for dinner, there might be a problem.

I find inner thoughts become a big problem for me when the character has to make a big decision. I leave all of his or her original ruminating on the page when the reader doesn't need--or want--to know every last bit of my characters' thought processes. Just the highlights mainly. Or another writing tic of mine is to have a character express something 3 or 4 different ways through inner thoughts. Pick the best 1 or 2--preferably 1--and let go of the rest. Remember to murder your darlings. You have to make good use of that delete button during revisions.

All that to say, there is a time and a place for inner thoughts, but don't let them take over. Remember all the other aspects of good writing while your characters are ruminating: action, conflict, tension, and--whatever else you do--moving the story forward.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

I'm Ba-ack and... Christmas In July!

And not just because I have a book coming out. But I do, yanno, have a book coming out on Tuesday: Holding Her Breath. Link to the Kindle version. It's also available in paperback. Check it out on Goodreads, too. I'm doing a Goodreads giveaway for it, so enter if you haven't already! It's a good chance to get a free book!

Holding Her Breath opens at Christmastime. So...I'm planning to do a Christmas in July event. So, everybody who comments on the blog in the month of July will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of a Genesis Press book! I'll be giving away some of my favorite Indigo Love Spectrum titles. Of course, those would include some copies of Love Out of Order and The Davis Years. :) Holding Her Breath won't be included, but you have until Aug. 21 to enter the Goodreads giveaway for that one. I'll post more about the specific books as the month goes on. Also, if you blog or tweet or Facebook (or spread the word through any other form of social media) about Christmas in July on my blog, you'll get an extra entry in the contest. Just leave the link to your word spreading in the comments section of any post you make in the month of July.

I'll be guest blogging at Sapphire Phelan's blog on Friday, so make sure you check that out, too. Talking about romance during book release week. :)

Also, for any/all in the area, I'll be doing a book signing Saturday, July 9, in Williamsburg, VA! Next week! At the Barnes and Noble in Colonial Williamsburg, which is on Duke of Gloucester Street. You can't miss it. Starts at 2PM.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Official Release Day for The Davis Years!

You can buy it at:

Barnes and Noble
Politics and Prose
Most book retailers should have it!
And as mentioned below, it's available as an ebook!!!

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Davis Years Is Available As an Ebook!

Just found this out! Very excited! So far, I only know of it being available as a Nook Book and a Kindle Book. If you run across other formats, feel free to let me know.

Yay! Hopefully my other two books will eventually be available as ebooks, too. But for the moment, I'll bask in the wonderfulness of having one ebook. Whee!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Nathan Bransford's 4th First Paragraph Challenge

Enter here. I love Nathan's contests--especially this one. First of all, it's fun to enter contests (it's kind of like Christmas anticipation-wise. I guess once the results are announced, for those of us who don't win, it's kind of like getting socks--the boring plain kind, not fun ones, which I love--for Christmas. Okay, moving ...)

Second, Nathan's contests usually give you a good sense of what the slush pile looks like. They usually draw a big crowd--this one's up to almost 900 entries now. That means you get a good sampling of what an agent sees when it's query-reading time. I think it's fun to read through and see which ones catch my interest. I especially like the one sentence game. How many of them make me read past one sentence? It's a really great learning experience. Especially since no matter how much of a writing sample an agent lets you send with the query (I've seen from 0 up to 50 pages), there's no guarantee the agent will actually read past the first paragraph.

It makes a lot of sense, actually. If the agent is not connecting with the voice/the overall writing, why waste your time or his/her's by reading on? I wouldn't want someone who's not passionate about my work representing it. In that scenario, nobody wins.