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?

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*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?

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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!

 

Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite – 25th March

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 Nina Mason

1.  How does your writing impact your inner life?buffering

I’m so glad nobody can see inside my head! I’m constantly thinking things through, wondering about characters, picturing scenes, imagining the emotions they are all going through. I get inspiration at the strangest of times; maybe driving on the motorway or watching my kids learn to swim. Unfortunately, this can also mean I’m not as responsive as I should be, and when asked a question it can take me up to a minute to reply. My husband says I’m ‘buffering’ which is a great word for it. I’ll answer eventually, but don’t hold your breath!

2.  How do you hope your books affect your readers?

cryingI hope that I send them on a journey that’s worth going on. My stories tend to be emotional, occasionally a little angsty, and I want them to feel all those emotions right along with the characters. When somebody tells me that my stories made them cry, I count that as a good day’s work. This is probably because I LOVE stories that make me cry. I like being a weepy mess, barely able to breathe as I stand right next to a character, feeling their emotions. So that’s what I try and write. Whether I’m successful or not is a different matter!

3.  Has anyone ever told you your book changed their life? If so, how?

Not yet, but maybe one day! I have had messages from readers telling me that they really enjoyed the story, and that it kept them up all night, which is definitely what I’m aiming for when I’m writing. If I can keep you awake and turning the pages, then I’m a happy writer.

 Thanks to Nina for setting some thought-provoking questions! And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to http://lesliehachtelwriter.wordpress.com/ and read Leslie Hachtel’s answers!

 

Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite – 18th March

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 Ronnie Allen

1.  Who is your favorite author other than yourself in your genre and why?

There are so many authors that I adore, it is extremely difficult to narrow it down to one. But if I really had to choose then my favourite author would be Cara McKenna. cara mckenna She writes smart erotica—sexy stories with depth. A little dark, a little funny, always emotional. She also writes red-hot romance under the name Meg Maguire. Her wonderful publishers are Ellora’s Cave, Harlequin Blaze, Loose-Id, Penguin / Intermix, Samhain, and Signet Eclipse. She loves writing sexy, character-driven stories about strong-willed men and women who keep each other on their toes, and bring one another to their knees.

2.  What is your favorite book by them and why?

My very favourite story by Cara is Willing Victim.

willing victim

It was the first book of hers that I read, and it is close to my heart. It was one of the first dark erotic romance books that I ever read, and I loved the way she crafted the story. The hero and heroine are ordinary, working class folks, but you find yourself drawn to them, wanting to know more, and ultimately rooting for their relationship. Reading this book taught me that when crafting a fine story, characterization is king.

3.  What about their style inspires your writing?

One of my favourite blogs to follow is Wonkomance. Cara is one of the contributors to this fantastic writing blog, and I love reading her tips for crafting an interesting and engaging story. For example, in this post, CREATING DYNAMIC HEROES, she writes about the 28/40 method; how to balance the traits of a hero so that he is interesting enough to have a journey you want to follow. Posts like these always make me want to write better stories, which can only be a good thing!

 I hope you enjoyed reading these questions; I had a lot of fun writing the answers. Thanks to Ronnie for setting them! And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to http://www.brendamargriet.com/blog.html and read Brenda Margriet’s answers!

 

Romance Weekly #LOVECHATWRITE – 11th March

Romance Weekly Chat

Do 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 J.J. Devine.

1.  When someone finds out you’re an author, how do you handle the statement, “I have a story you should write.”?
whisper

I don’t think anybody has really suggested that to me. I have had conversations with beta readers and friends that help to shape a story in my mind; in fact I sometimes find these conversations invaluable in the story-writing process. But nobody has ever come up to me and told me that have a great story for me to write. If they did … well it would definitely depend on the story. If it fired up my imagination, I’d definitely be all ears. I take inspiration from so many different sources, having somebody mention something that happened to them would be more than welcome!

2. Do you write what you read?

Yes! I love romance novels of all kinds. Historical, contemporary, paranormal, suspense – you name it and I’ve probably read it. What I do try to avoid, however, is reading anything that is too close in composition to any work-in-progress I have. That’s because I find myself unconsciously absorbing the author’s writing style, and that can deviate my story at a point I don’t want it to.

I can’t imagine not reading romantic novels. I currently get through two or three a week (I’m a voracious reader) and when I’m on holiday I can easily get through eight or more. So my request to all you romantic writers out there is please keep up the good work – I can never get enough!

3. People often mistake the lifestyle of a writer as glamorous, give us the scoop, what about your lifestyle would shock your readers?

I have to say I thought it would be glamorous, too. I imagined I would be a modern-day version of Daphne Du Maurier, sweeping in and out of rooms wearing long, swishy skirts, and overlooking a troubled Cornish sea as I typed on a manual typewriter. The rather more mundane reality is that I have to fit writing in between every day life. Somehow I manager to squeeze daphneit between going to work, looking after the children, trying to get to the gym and spending time with friends and family (most of whom don’t know I’m a writer.) So I fit in stolen moments when I can. Tapping on my iPad before I go to sleep, for example, or correcting first drafts while watching swimming lessons. When I get a whole, free day to myself, I don’t find I use my time any better. In fact, I sometimes think my writing is better for being time-limited. It gives me the opportunity to think through the plot, characters and word use while I’m doing other things, rather than rushing on.


 I hope you enjoyed reading these questions–I really enjoyed thinking through the answers. Thanks to J.J. for setting them! And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to http://kimhandysides.com/ and read Kim’s answers!

 

Romance Weekly #LOVECHATWRITE – 25th Feb

Romance Weekly Chat

Do 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 Katherine Givens

1.  What is your writing process like?

It differs with every novel. For my recent release, Fix You, I wrote two chapters a week, come rain or shine. Once they were done, I went in and did a brutal edit, taking out half the stuff I’d so lovingly written. For my current WIP, Coming Down, it feels like more of an organic process. I’ll add some words in every day. I’m also writing it on my ipad using my fingers, rather than on my laptop. This slows me down a bit (I’m a demon typer) and really makes me think about each word I use. It’s the closest I can come to handwriting the story without a pen and paper. It does mean I’m taking longer to write the story, but I’m hoping it also means less brutal editing at the end. We will see!

2.  Do you listen to music to enhance your writing?

Absolutely! We are big into music in our house. At the last count we had over 500 albums, and have loaded them all onto a Sonos system, so I can choose what to listen to at the press of a button on the laptop. Music truly influences everything I write. It has inspired my novels, as well as setting the tone for my writing. With Fix You, Hanna, the heroine, is a music blogger, and writes a lot about songs that influence her (hence the cover – see pic). FIX_YOU_AMAZON

 

Because the story is so influenced by music, I created a playlist in spotify to accompany the book. 

Fix You Playlist

3.  What two songs best describe the overall body of your work?

Now this is where it gets tricky. I guess Fix You by Coldplay would be an easy one–since it has the same title as my book. For the second song I’d choose a song called ‘Little Yellow Balloons’ by John Murry (who, incidentally, I’m going to see play live at Islington Ballroom on Thursday, and I can’t wait). It has a beautiful melody and truly tragic words, as it describes a heroin overdose that nearly killed him. I love how he mixes beauty and sadness so well, and that’s what I try to do in my books.

 I hope you enjoyed reading these questions–I really enjoyed thinking through the answers. Thanks to Katherine for setting them! And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to http://findinglanora.weebly.com/lanoras-lanotes.html and read Lanora Mangano’s answers!