Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite – 20th May

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 Carolyn Spear.

 

1.  If someone could observe you writing without you knowing they were there, what strange practices might they catch you doing?

I hate to think! I’m a real procrastinator. If I didn’t turn off the wifi, you’d probably find me checking Facebook, tweeting that I #amwriting, taking a look at a really pretty dress on a retail site and….
You get the idea!
So, when the wifi is turned off, you’ll probably find me sitting in bed (my favourite writing place) either with the laptop or my iPad. My latest work in progress was written entirely on the iPad using the on-screen keyboard (even though I have a separate one). The reason for this? It was the closest I could get to handwriting without giving myself cramp. I’m a touch typist, and can type faster than I think, which isn’t always good for the creative process. Using the iPad keyboard slowed me down, allowed me to think and–I think–created a better story.
You can bet your life I’ll be editing on the laptop though!

2.  Other than a creative outlet, how does writing benefit you?

Well, there’s the house in Monte Carlo, the three Ferraris and the tiny island just off the coast of Brazil…
And when I’m not dreaming, I think it benefits me in a lot of ways. It gives me something for myself, other than work and my family. It’s allowed me to meet a group of wonderful fellow writers, who are so supportive it sometimes makes me want to cry. Even if I never published another book, I’d carry on writing anyway. I love the process way too much to stop.

3.  How do you feed your muse?

feed me
Ooh, I’m not sure with this one. I read. A LOT. I also people watch, think ‘what if’ and generally day dream. The majority of my life is lived inside my head. I think for me, the key is to keep writing. If you have no ideas, write about a picture, a poem, the guy you saw yesterday playing a violin. It doesn’t matter what you write about, it’s the process that matters. Creativity is a muscle, it works best when stretched often!

 

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Thanks to Carolyn for some great questions. And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to http://victoriabarbour.com/blog and read Victoria Barbour’s answers!

Carrie Pink

 

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Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite – 13th May

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 Amy Jarecki.

 

1.  When did you start writing, and why?

sweet valley highI have a confession to make. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, but the stories that really stand out in my mind from childhood was my Sweet Valley High stories. As a young teen I was obsessed by these books. I loved the adventures of Jessica and Elizabeth and longed to live in California, with my own swimming pool. So I did, using just my imagination, a pen and a notebook (no internet back then – gah!) Thankfully, these stories have been lost to the sands of time, so nobody will ever be subjected to their sheer mediocrity. However, my older brother’s parody of the books (because he was cruel) lives on. Anybody want to read “The Loving Lovers who Love to Love each other with Amazing Love?”

Nah, me either.

2.  What do you like best about writing?

imaginationExactly this. I love to escape into a world where anything can happen. With characters I love and challenges they face. Even better, I love to throw curveballs at them, and watch how they react. I’ve always been a dreamer, and being able to share these thoughts with others is fantastic. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do.

3.  If you could go on a writing retreat, where would you go and for how long?

Iretreat‘m officially naming this one the Romance Weekly Writers’ Retreat. Look – there’s enough beds for all of us! Writing in bed is one of my favourite things to do, and writing in bed on a tropical island, with constant cocktails, pretty cabana boys and friends to chat to sounds perfect. How long would I stay? Forever!!

 

Thank you to Amy for these questions, I had a lot of fun answering them (and remembering my Sweet Valley High stories…sigh. And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to http://danijace.com and read Dani Jace’s answers!

Carrie Pink

 

Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite – 6th May

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 Leslie Hachtel.

 

1.  Do you prefer to write futuristic, contemporary or historical romances and why?

fabio

*Cue gratuitous Fabio Cover – because the man is a God*.

So far, my published books have all been contemporary. The reasons for this are twofold. Firstly, especially at the start of my writing career, I found it easier to ‘write what I know.’ This included locations I’d visited, a timeframe I was comfortable with, and characters I understood. However, I do have a very soft spot for historical novels. Not least because they combine my two favourite things; history and love. So I’d never rule out writing a historical romance.

As for futuristic, I take my hats off to anybody that writes these. Their imaginations, and ability to world-build always blow my socks off. So, that’s my hats and socks gone. A few more sentences and I could be naked. Let’s leave it here, shall we?

 

2.  What is your favorite time in history and how and why does it inspire you?

I’ve alwaysixtiess had a soft spot for the sixties. Firstly because the music was second to none. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Hendrix, Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel…I could go on, and suspect I already have! Writing a story with it’s own, natural soundtrack is something I’m very attracted to. I did this in my contemporary novel (Fix You) and would definitely like to do it with a Sixties-based romance as well.

It’s not just the music, though. The sixties saw such upheaval–the Vietnam War, the fight for Equality in race and gender, not to mention the sexual and social revolutions. It’s a little minefield for all things romance and angst. I feel the need to tap it!

3.  How has your life experience contributed to your writing?

heartbreakThey say that everybody’s first novel is autobiographical. While I’m not in total agreement with that, I do think I’ve tried to give some of my experiences and life settings to the characters in my books. Some of the themes are universal–who hasn’t fallen in love and had their heart’s broken? Others may be more personal. I put a lot of the music I like into my stories, and I also add details I’ve lived through. In one of my books, I’ve had a background of the rise of social media and technology, of the banking crisis and its effect on business. All those things have helped give me a framework over which I weave the story.

However, other things are purely from imagination. My life is way too mundane to make a good story, so I never just rely on my experience!

 

Thank you to Leslie for setting such interesting questions, I really enjoyed thinking them through. And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to www.katerobbinsauthor.com and read Victoria Barbour’s answers!

Carrie Pink