Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing. – Werner Von Braun
I got a couple of neat books in the mail last week – reference books. One I found after asking a very important research question for my book. I write historicals, so I need to do research to figure out what . . . → Read More: Look it up!
Any idiot can handle a crisis, it’s the day to day living that wears you out. – Anton Chekov
If I could have some kind of fantasy existence (beside never gaining weight), it would be to make a decent living writing novels in the morning, and making jam in the afternoons. I’d send the kids to school . . . → Read More: Keeping your day job…out of your writing time
Let other pens dwell in guilt and misery. Jane Austen, Mansfield Park.Dear reader, let me begin this post with a confession: I used to be an unbashed romance snob. I did not look sideways at a romance novel until about 2006, when a co-worker of mine (to whom I shall dedicate my first book if I . . . → Read More: Confessions of a former romance snob
Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only think you have to offer. Barbara Kingsolver
Please indulge me in a two minute pity party. Thursday I got an email . . . → Read More: Reflection on rejection
I don’t read lot of erotica, but when I do I am reminded that there is an art to writing an effective love scene, and most writers of straight romance – even of the ‘spicy’ variety, do not get it. I usually end up skimming over the love scenes in romance novels because, frankly, I’m reading . . . → Read More: Review: Dark Harmony, by Lilly Cain