Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite – 29th April

Romance Weekly ChatDo 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 week we’ll answer 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.

This week’s questions are brought to you by Dani Jace.

 

1.  What is the most unusual thing you’ve ever done in the name of research for a book?

 book researchIn my first book, Halfway Hidden, there’s a scene where the hero, who is keeping the heroine captive, makes her go into the bathroom with him. There’s a moment where he’s doing what he needs to *ahem* do, and she’s watching an seeing everything. Well, I needed to make sure this could happen if she was behind him.

Luckily I have a very understanding husband, who didn’t complain (much) when I dragged him into to the bathroom to recreate the scene. I’m pleased to say I could see what I needed to, and that was that.

I have to admit I giggled through the whole thing, though.

 

2.  Name a nonfiction book you’ve read for research that you wouldn’t have read otherwise.  Not including writing craft books.

Make your own sex toysOkay, so I haven’t read this particular book, but I kind of want to. I think a hero who has this for a hobby has to be a good thing, right? After all, it would be the gift that keeps on giving.

My real answer is much more dull than the Make Your Own Sex Toys book. It’s probably a book on the financial crash of 2007. I wanted to try and learn the factors behind it, to make sure it fitted in with the themes of my second book, Fix You.

3.  If you could travel anywhere to do research for a book, including back in time, where would you go?

 If I could choose anywhere, it would almost certainly be Paris. It’s such a wonderful, romantic city with so many possibilities. I’ve only been there once with mparisy family, but every street seems to have a story. The sights, the sounds, the smells would all add up to such a beautiful setting for a romance. No wonder it’s called the City of Love!

 

Thank you to Dani for setting such interesting questions, I really enjoyed thinking them through. And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to http://victoriabarbour.com/blog and read Victoria Barbour’s answers!

Carrie Pink

 

Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite – 22nd April

Romance Weekly ChatDo 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 week we’ll answer 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.

This weeks questions are brought to you by Julie Abindoor

1.  What ages are your characters?

age numberMy heroes and heroines range from teenagers to their thirties. My novel, Fix You, follows the two main characters from their teenage years right up to their early thirties, with an epilogue set years later. I love following the journey that a character takes, watching how they age, how life affects them.

However, just like in any family, the supporting cast of characters range in age from newborn, right up to eighty. I love exploring the way different generations approach life and the many pitfalls it offers us, and having these secondary characters allows me to do this.

 

 

2.  What special things or places inspire you to write?

inspireI tend to find inspiration in the every day, not in special places or things. People watching is one of my favourite activities; if I’m waiting for a train or sitting in a restaurant I find my attention wandering over to the interactions between other people. The couple who are arguing, the mother and daughter who are in an intense conversation. I make up stories in my mind, giving them a history, a character, a motivation. For me it’s always about the ‘what if…’

 

3.  What is the one message you hope women will receive when they read your stories?

I love wlife a journeyriting about strong women who are faced with hard choices. Sometimes they make the right ones, and sometimes they are completely wrong. But what they learn along the way is that life is a journey, not a destination. Mistakes are normal, and human, and being a good person isn’t about avoiding them altogether. It’s about learning from them, making up for them, and trying to become a better person than you are today. I hope that this theme comes through in the stories I write.

 These were thought-provoking questions, and I found them a real challenge to answer. Many thanks to Julie Abindoor for setting them. And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to www.ninamasonromance.blogspot.com and read Nina Mason’s answers!

 

Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite – 1st April

Romance Weekly ChatDo 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 week we’ll answer 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.

This weeks questions are brought to you by Shannon Kennedy

1.  How do you find the appropriate setting for the story, or does it find you?

city

For me, the setting usually comes from the characters. My stories tend to build up from a hundred different “what if…”s. So the first past would be the main characters, followed by the plot and setting. For some stories it’s easy–my most recent release, Fix You, was always going to be set in London and New York, because the fathers of the main characters both work in finance, and they meet at a party in London just as the new millennium arrives. Other stories have less obvious settings, so I’ll often draw upon my past travels and experiences. I’ve been lucky enough to love in about seven different cities and three different countries, so I have a lot of choice!

2.  What is your support system for your writing?  Family, friends, other writers? book hug

I’m lucky enough to have a lot of support. Through online writing I’ve built up a network of other writers, beta readers and friends who will give me honest opinions, and kindly point out if my there, their and they’res are going astray! My husband has proved to be an excellent ‘oops detector’, he gets a manuscript after editing and proofing and still manages to find a few things wrong. I think myself very lucky to have such a wonderful network of friends and supporters, and I hope they feel the same about me!

 

3.  What is the worst writing advice you ever received and how did you deal with it?

bad advice

I’m not sure I’ve ever received any terrible advice. If I did, I must have blocked it out of my head! I take all advice in the manner in which it is offered, graciously and with thanks. It doesn’t mean I’ll always act on it, however. Not that this makes it bad advice, but just not right for me!

 

So there you have it – another week gone. I’m really enjoying answering these questions and engaging with my fellow writers.

Thanks to Shannon for these great questions! And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to www.awriterslifeformeblog.wordpress.com and read Mishka Jenkins’ answers!