Category Archives: Articles
BY JEANNIE LIN
I *heart* nerds.
It’s no wonder that so many of my heroes are scholars. My bad boy heroes are failed scholars. You dark and dangerous rebel you.
BY LIA ROMEO
Nora Ephron was undeniably one of the greats of both romance and comedy, the intersection of which is where I find myself writing most often. One of her well-known quotes – and something she originally learned from her mother – was: “Everything is copy” … meaning everything that happens to you is potential eventual fodder for your writing. To me, this is one of the most wonderful things about being a writer.
BY AMANDA BERRY
Or maybe the madhouse would be a better choice. Between juggling writing, being a mom, and being a wife, there are things that should not be dropped. Though my clowns (the boy and the girl) are older now and more independent, they are still excessively silly and messy. During the day, I’m left taming the wild animals (the dog and the cat) most of the day and cleaning their stalls. Wherever the circus goes, a mess is left behind. As their janitor, I’m left pushing the broom long after the audience has left.
BY SIERRA CARTWRIGHT
You’re sexy, smart, sophisticated, adventurous, and, oh, did I mention, charming and optimistic?
Now you’re wondering how I know all this about you, right? No, I don’t have a secret camera, and I’m not following you around like a paparazzo. I didn’t ask your family to tell me about you. But I understand why you might think I did since I just described you perfectly. C’mon, admit. You’re all that. And more.
BY DANI COLLINS
I know I’m in good company here when I say that I love reading romance; I always have and always will. It’s the security of knowing everything will work out. I won’t say I’m paranoid, but I have a tendency to worry. Messages of hope and fulfillment are a necessary counterbalance for me when times are rough or I hear a hard news story.
Many would scold me for taking to heart the underlying message that if you persevere, you can triumph. Romances aren’t real, you know. Yet, like a relentless Pollyanna, I’m determined to prove the skeptics wrong.
BY ANNIE ADAMS
For the working writer, the production of a published novel seems a Super-Human endeavor, with the fear the piece of work won’t turn out to be acceptable or dare I even say, good.
There are a select few who have the luxury of writing whenever they choose, at any time of day or night, whenever works best for “the muse.” Then there are the rest of us, the vast majority, who are holding down full-time jobs, sometimes more than one job, raising children, running a business, or all of the above.
BY SUSAN MARMO
I’m obsessed with weather. All of it – the highs, the lows, hurricanes, tornadoes. Hell, with the exception of a hunky, bald, Scotsman A.K.A. my husband, nothing turns me on more than a cold front whipping across the Midwest Plains. I can tell you which numbers to tap into the remote control to find The Weather Channel in 5 states and hundreds of counties. My question is: “are you on Comcast or Direct TV?” Obsessed I tell you. You have to believe me!
* HEALTH FOR WRITERS series
By JEANAN GLAZIER
Happy feet. Are they too much to ask for? They take a lot of abuse, but they don’t get much reprieve. Yes, there are foot massages and pedicures, and they feel wonderful. However, these are occasional luxuries for many people, and aren’t affordable on a regular basis. So how do we show some love to our feet? Fortunately, yoga provides an answer.
By K.M. JACKSON
“Mika Walters is a normal woman working in the not so normal world of New York Fashion…” that is the beginning of my blurb for my debut Crimson Romance novel THROUGH THE LENS. Now we writers have long heard the saying, ‘write what you know’ but is it something we should really apply to our writing? Well in the case of THROUGH THE LENS, I did just that. Sort of.
BY MANDY M. ROTH
Why do you have so many pen names? I get this question more than you’d think. The answer is simple, while working in my lab, late one night, I invented what I was sure would be the next best energy drink. People would buy it in numbers unheard of. It would allow them to forgo sleep for like…ever, erm, yes ever. It was perfect, although green, but in my defense they say a popular soda is actually green without extra coloring so don’t judge me. If they can do it, so can I. Anyway, back to my master evil plan, my money making stay up forever formula. Seeing as how I was in my mad scientist stage and mad scientists aren’t known for playing well with others, I was alone.