Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite #LoveWriteChat – 1st July

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.

If you’ve arrived from Amy Jarecki‘s blog, hi and thanks for clicking! This week’s questions are brought to you by Tessa Gray

1.  Do any characters you’ve written into your books remind you of yourself? Explain which ones and why.

  • just like meI suspect there’s a little bit of me in a lot of my characters. However, even before I start writing my characters start to take on a life of their own. They grow and develop in my mind, as I think about their back stories, their motivations, their experiences. I lead a fairly boring life – married, two children, very little drama, so if my characters were just like me then the story really wouldn’t be very exciting to read. As well as that, one of the things I love about writing is the fact I can create new worlds with people who aren’t like me. It’s like playing dress up, but with words!

 

2.  Was there a teacher or mentor in your life who helped nurture your writing?

mentorThere have been so many people who have had a big influence on my life. The first person who taught me the love of reading was my mum, and from that grew a love of writing. As I started to write for publication, I found an amazing group of friends–writers, readers, editors–who have all taught me so much about the written word. It would be hard to narrow it down to just one person!

 

3.  Every author has that moment when they doubt their ability to write. When that happens to you, how do you pull yourself up by the bootstraps and continue? What do you do to inspire yourself?

true grits

We all have setbacks. You only have to read about the now-successful authors who were rejected by publisher after publisher to realise you’re not alone in this game. Becoming a writer means opening yourself up to criticism–both good and bad–and this can make you over-sensitive. So what I do is remind myself how lucky I am to be doing something I love, and even better I’m able to share it with others. Yes, there are days when I feel low and sensitive, but when that happens I either bury myself in a book (always my favourite pastime) or I remind myself that the good parts of being a writer far outweigh the bad. I’m so lucky to have great friends and readers who I love talking to, and I wouldn’t give that up for the world.

 

GIVEAWAY!!

The writers of romance weekly are celebrating our 6 month anniversary with a MASSIVE rafflecopter giveaway. If you haven’t entered already, please hurry and do so. You can find the link here: ROMANCE WEEKLY RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

 

Thank you to Kim for these questions, they really made me realize how much I love our genre. And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to http://ronnieallennovel.com/gemini/blog-1and read Ronnie Allen’s answers!

Carrie Pink

 

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.

If you’ve arrived from Susan Peterson Wisnewski’s blog, hi and thanks for clicking! This week’s questions are brought to you by Jami Denise.

 

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…

 

GIVEAWAY!!

The writers of romance weekly are celebrating our 6 month anniversary with a MASSIVE rafflecopter giveaway. If you haven’t entered already, please hurry and do so. You can find the link here: ROMANCE WEEKLY RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

 

Thank you to Jami for these questions, I loved the excuse to post a bit of eye candy! 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 #LoveWriteChat – 10th 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.

If you’ve arrived from Jo Richardson’s blog, hi and thanks for clicking! This week’s questions are brought to you by Kim Handysides.

 

1.  What’s your ideal: alpha or beta and why?

alpha

This is a tough one, and depends on the context. In real life, beta every time. My husband and I are a partnership, everything is equal. If he tried to go all alpha on me I’m afraid he’d find out the real meaning of the red room of pain! HOWEVER, I love reading about alpha males. They’re hot and exciting and make for a great story. But, like reading a fairy story, I know it’s imaginary, and can enjoy it for what it is. Pure escapism. And there’s nothing wrong with that!

 

2.  Do you have a male buddy or mate you use for confirmation or inspiration when crafting your heroes?

I guess here is where I should say my husband. But I have to say not once have I used him for inspiration. Not because he isn’t perfect (because, pshawww), but because he’s mine, not another fictional heroine’s! Instead I tend to use pictures for inspiration, layering a character onto them, one that will mesh with the heroine but has enough faults to cause friction and a sizzling plot!

 

3.  What does any hero have to do to win your heart?make laugh

Make me laugh. I’m a sucker for a man with a sense of humor. As a wise woman once told me, you can close your eyes but you can’t close your ears. Good advice, people.

 

GIVEAWAY!!

The writers of romance weekly are celebrating our 6 month anniversary with a MASSIVE rafflecopter giveaway. If you haven’t entered already, please hurry and do so. You can find the link here: ROMANCE WEEKLY RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

 

Thank you to Kim for these questions, they really made me realize how much I love our genre. And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to http://www.spwwrites.com/blog/and read Susan Peterson Wisniewski’s answers!

Carrie Pink

 

Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite #LoveWriteChat – 3rd 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.

This week’s questions are brought to you by Victoria Barbour

 

1.  Have you always written romance?

Short answer: yes. Slightly longer and possibly more boring answer: when I was younger I wrote in all sorts of genres. But the stories never went anywhere, and I’ve never completed a novel in any other genre. I don’t know why this is, but for me, romance offers all sorts of possibilities. It isn’t just about love, it’s about people, relationships and how we try to battle every day life.

2.  How do you deal with critiques about the romance genre?

I don’t! If people don’t like romance, that’s fine by me. The readers I have are fabulous, and more than enough to keep me going! As a reader I feel very lucky that there are so many different genres available to me, and if I don’t like a particular genre, that’s not a problem, there are thousands of other readers that absolutely love it. I look at romance the same way (except, of course, romance readers are the best!!)

3.  What’s the one thing about the romance genre you’d like people to know?

It isn’t just about love. There are so many sub-genres – you just have to go and browse on Amazon to find that out. Romance doesn’t just span the spectrum from sweet to smutty, but also from romantic suspense to paranormal to historical. There are so many choices out there, you just have to know where to look. And if you don’t believe that romance can be well written and chock full of plot, you just need to go and read The Bronze Horseman or Gone With the Wind. In fact, I might just go and read them again!

 

GIVEAWAY!!

The writers of romance weekly are celebrating our 6 month anniversary with a MASSIVE rafflecopter giveaway. If you haven’t entered already, please hurry and do so. You can find the link here: ROMANCE WEEKLY RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

 

Thank you to Victoria for these questions, they really made me realize how much I love our genre. And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to http://blueroseromance.com and read Collette Cameron’s answers!

Carrie Pink

 

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