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 – 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!

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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!