Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Upcoming Author Talk & Booksigning in Southern New England

Hello everyone! Just stopping by briefly to let readers in the Southern New England area know about a great event that I will be part of that is coming up in just under two weeks!

Click here to find out more about the other authors who are scheduled to appear and to get directions.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Author Interview with…ME!

Happy Tuesday, dear readers! I realized as I re-read the entries for 2009 on my blog that I had done many author interviews and they seemed to be quite popular. I also realized that while I do blog about certain aspects of my life, I had not subjected myself to my own interview questions. And so, I present myself as the first interview of 2010. I am hoping to make my author interviews a monthly feature (as opposed to sporadic) of the blog this year. Please let me know if you are interested in being a guest here!

What authors inspired you on your writing journey?

For historical, without doubt, Virginia Henley. I picked up Tempted when it was first released in 1992 and really enjoyed her storytelling. I soon discovered all of her Virginia’s backlist and went on a mission to find all of them. I have every title she has released, even some multiples that have different cover art. Virginia’s skill in weaving history with true-to-life stories has always impressed me. I have never been disappointed by one of her books.
For contemporary, Annette Blair and Victoria Dahl are on my favorites list. I am trying my hand at some contemporary stories right now. I laugh at myself because I was the reader who said she’d never read anything but historical and I found I loved Annette’s and Victoria’s work. I changed my tune about writing contemporaries as well.

Tell us about your writing process.

I have a bunch of little slips of paper with ideas written down. A song will inspire me or a place will fit in just right in a story and I will write a brief idea down. I work from those feelings, puzzling my way along. I find I write out of sequence and then write bridge chapters to tie everything together. It’s not very structured, I admit, but it seems to be my style and work for me.

It’s been just about a year since your first e-book, Litha Dreams, was released…what new things have you learned?

I learned that there is still much for me to learn! Every day there is some new bit of information that I can apply to my writing. Also, being part of Rhode Island Romance Writers has been invaluable to me! We have such great members.
But the BIGGEST lesson I learned…Keep writing. Every day.

What can we expect from you in 2010?
My goal poster says: Complete three 50K word stories. I am also revising a finished story and am halfway through a short story. I am working towards another release by June!

Four fun tidbits about you:

Favorite Fictional Couple: Scarlett and Rhett of Gone With The Wind. If you haven’t read the sequel to GWTW, the last you know is that Rhett doesn’t give a damn and leaves her. However, in Scarlett, Scarlett grows up and Rhett recognizes that she can now finally love him. There is a 17 year age difference between them. Scarlett just needed a little time to mature.

Favorite Way to Spend a Free Day: It’s a toss-up. If the weather is stinky, home all day in pajamas. If the weather is nice, hit the road with my favorite photographer and go adventuring. We are each other’s muse and there is never a dull moment.

Craziest High School Teacher Story: It's not really crazy, just snarky. Honors English Junior Year we had Mrs. G (I will not reveal her identity) She was a snob in many ways. I recall reading Pride and Prejudice that year and she asked a question about the book to which no one had a response. She puffed herself up and in her pseudo-British accent said quite haughtily, "Not one answer? No analysis? This IS Honors English! We read classic literature and here we do NOT read Silhouette Romances!" Today, I sure wouldn't mind being the author of one of her despised books!

Advice You Would Give Your Younger Self: Start writing sooner, don’t waste time doing things that are not in your TRUE heart and never settle.

If you are so inclined to read my first release, Litha Dreams is available from DCL Publications or at Barnes and Noble

Thanks, everyone! Comments and questions are always welcomed and will be answered.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year.....and a Clean Slate!!!

I woke up this morning quite surprised that I slept until 10. I am the early riser, rarely rising after 7. After staying up past 1 to usher in 2010, I suppose that sleeping in was an OK indulgence.

I started 2010 exactly as I intend to continue it: Concentrating on writing or some aspect of writing each day. I plotted a story, wrote some character traits and ironed out an idea to write a story based on a song I heard. I feel like I accomplished something.

So, with all of the holiday distractions behind us, much-needed breaks and reast over I am 'full-steaming' ahead into this sweet New Year and New Decade. I remarked on my facebook status that I got a feeling of excitement when I thought of all this year might bring.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and fulfilled resolutions!