Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite #LoveWriteChat – 17th June

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.

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1.  When writing your novel, do you know how it’s going to end before you write, or do you write from start to finish?

There’s a lot of talk about the pros and cons of plotting and pantsing (ie, flying by flying pantsthe seat of your pants) but in reality I find I do a mixture of the two. Whenever I start a book, I have a clear idea in my head of the characters, the situation, and the main plot points. Sometimes I’ll do a chapter by chapter outline, but the more I write, the more I like to see where the characters take the story. Sometimes it will veer completely off, and they’ll surprise me (and make me go back and have to replan, dammit!)

However, if there are a number of complex plot turns, I find chapter outlines to be really useful. For Fix You, for example, the story covers 12 years, and I really needed to plan each chapter in detail. My chapter outline for that ran to three, very descriptive pages!


2.  How do the people you know impact your writing? Are you influenced by friends and family for your characters?

I’d like to say I have a crazy family who are constantly inspiring my work, doing unbelieveable things and generally making my writing life easier. However, as much as I love them, my family keep thwarting me by being so mundanely normal. That doesn’t meancrazy family I can’t get any inspiration from them, though. I’m always watching the way people react and interact, looking at body language and facial expressions for use in future stories. And to be honest, my family is so supportive, loving and all round amazing, I wouldn’t change a single thing about them!


3.  Describe the hero in your current WIP in three words.

Hot. Tattooed. Father.

stephen james

In my fevered imagination, he looks a lot like model, Stephen James! So there’s that…



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Carrie Pink


20 thoughts on “Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite #LoveWriteChat – 17th June

  1. You sound like me, Carrie, on the plot vs. pants thing. I do a lot of planning and end up doing a lot of pantsing after my characters show up and muck with my well-laid plans. I’m not big on tatts, I’m afraid, but gave some to the hero of my WIP–just two bands of Celtic knots around his magnificent biceps. I can’t help it. Being a practical Capricorn, I look at all tattoos and think, “Man are you going to regret that one day and good luck getting it taken off!” I know, I’m such an old fart, right? Vampires with tattoos I can understand. They won’t age, so the ink will always look good. 🙂

    • That tattoo thing is so funny. I’ve never been the hugest fan but I’m in love with this guy. Tattooed, from London with a dirty mouth. I might be in love!

  2. My family would die if they thought I put them in a book. I occasionally ask my daughter’s opinion about an idea and she’ll let me know if it will work. Crazy families are overrated.

  3. My family and friends are incredibly normal as well, which is a blessing! But doesn’t help when trying to find quirks for characters 😀 Great answers!

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