BY COLLETTE CAMERON
I have a confession to make.
When I write, I do something odd. Actually it’s something I’m trying to integrate regularly. Because I sit so much, as we writers do, I realized my regular workout routine wasn’t gonna keep me in shape. So, I upped the ante and started setting a timer. When it goes off, I sprint up and down the stairs a few times and do 3-4 minutes of exercise of some kind.
At least that’s the plan.
The truth is, I often get so immersed in writing, I turn the timer off after the first or second annoying little beep, and I forget to turn it on again. It’s the neatest thing, though. The more time I spend writing, the easier it is, and the better writer I become.
BY ELLA QUINN
When I began my writing journey, not quite two and a half years ago, I dreamed of having an agent and a NY publisher. Which is exactly what I got. I also dreamed of having my first book published much sooner than this, but that was before I knew anything about the publishing business.
The questions I was asked this year at RWA Nationals boiled down to how did I do it? Quite simply, I treated writing like a job. The type one does when it matters. Having been in the Army, I knew something about that. A friend told me to write three books. Don’t stop to make the first one perfect. I thought that was wonderful advice, and still do. Little did I know at the time that many writers write a lot more than three books before they get published, I had my nose glued to the grindstone. I no longer watched TV, and my husband took to making dates with me so he could have my undivided attention.
BY JEANNIE LIN
Researching an ancient culture isn’t always about reading academic articles and translations. For my Tang Dynasty historical romances and especially for THE LOTUS PALACE, I spend time reflecting on the artwork of the culture in order to recreate a sense of beauty and elegance that resonates within these pieces.
For instance, it’s often mentioned in academic writings that the women of the Tang Dynasty enjoyed more freedom than other eras. They are often depicted riding on horseback and even in sculptures playing polo.
BY MORGAN BLACKTHORNE
I’ve opened up the submissions form for our Fall Festival Free Reads 2013, which is posted here: http://romancedivas.com/free-reads-2013-submissions/
Reminder: If you do hove cover art to use for this, it must tasteful – not be raunchy or explicit. If you do not, don’t worry, Jax is providing a template which we will use for all other stories.
Theme: This is a holiday themed free read. It doesn’t have to be about Thanksgiving specifically, but something that will get people into the holiday spirit. So it doesn’t matter what country you’re from and whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving. Our target release just happens to be close to that holiday timeframe.