Category Archives: Writing Related
BY MAGGIE MAE GALLAGHER
The worlds of urban fantasy and paranormal romance are where I truly found my writing niche. I’m a geek at heart. Most of the books I read and TV shows I watch have paranormal elements, like Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, and Shannon Butcher’s Sentinels series. When it comes to TV, The Walking Dead, Sleepy Hallow, Haven, and Supernatural are on my DVR list. If it has fangs, fur, artificially intelligent robots, and mystical creatures, I am there.
When you write monsters, I love the double reflection it creates within these stories. Whether the hero and heroine are battling aliens, in the midst of a shifter war, or contemplating immortality as one of the newly undead, the outer plot mirrors their internal struggle against their own personal demons. One of the things I have missed is when the monsters are truly monsters. That is one element during the creation of this series that I decided to infuse my bad guys with. I didn’t want huggable demons but the down in your gut, these things will keep you up at night ones. The demons my heroine hunts with her Cantati Squad are evil, look like your worst nightmare, and have no chance of redemption.
I think that is something we are starting to see once again in film and literature. The monster no longer taking on human qualities or if it does inhabit a human form, the human no longer exists as we see in The Walking Dead. An element this type of storyline creates is the human counterpoints begin to question their humanity. They question whether they are civilized, and if society still functions when the world stands upon the brink of destruction.
Ruptured is a prequel to the first book in The Cantati Chronicles series. In Ruptured, Alana faces bone-chilling terror as demons invade her home. But it is not just the flesh-and-blood monsters she has to contend with, but the men hiding a monster within.
Which do you prefer, the monster or the man?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bestselling Author Maggie Mae Gallagher doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. When she was a kid she acted out her favorite scenes, only better, with her brother and cousin. As a teenager, she wrote reams of poetry, but realized her true love lay with creating characters and stories. A former music and history major, Maggie is a total geek at her core. When she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her two furry felines. She can be reached at her website, her Facebook page, or on Twitter.
BY AMANDA BERRY
When coming up for a series concept for Special Edition, I went back to my roots. (Not the ones that are sprinkled with grays, but the where I came from type) I grew up in a small town in the Midwest. Population 14,000 and shrinking. In the middle of corn fields and built around the railway system. A large enough size that I didn’t know everyone in town, but I was in the paper often enough (as a good student, not in the police blotter) that people recognized me or when asked I’d say who my parents were.
BY JENNA JAXON
Despite the depiction of the Medieval Period as being very serious and religious, the people of the time actually enjoyed themselves in one way we often do as well: dancing. There is little written evidence, although there are many paintings that depict dances from this period. There are three that I used in Time Enough to Love, my medieval novel, and the dancing serves to heighten conflict each time it is used.
BY ELLA QUINN
The research for my latest book, Enticing Miss Eugénie Villaret was a challenge on different levels.
The largest difficulty I faced was the lack of institutional knowledge about the area or even documents. It seems that that everyone remembers up to 1780 and after 1830, but nothing during the Regency. During a conversation with the historian on Tortola, BVI, I was told that the information I found dating St. George’s church to the mid-19th century was incorrect. A St. George’s church has stood on that site since the early 18th century. The problem is that due to hurricanes and fires, most of the documents have been lost. Also, they kept building over the same site.
BY DEBRA HOLT
I love the term ‘diva’. Some people think of it as a negative connotation. Not so. Divas in the true sense are experts in whatever they create and are secure in their person and their abilities…likes and dislikes. They are content in their own skins and stand up for what they love. They can be termed feisty if they hail from the south. I write feisty heroines. Being born a Texan and living here all my life, I can tell you that I am proud to be a feisty female and I welcome the term diva…in the best sense, of course.
BY JENNA JAXON
When I was writing my very first romance novel, I started in an organized manner with a detailed story outline. I still have that outline saved and it is amazing how different it is from the book that was finally written. And those changes are all due to one character who decided he wanted to be a hero.
BY KRISTINA MATTHEWS
I was watching Jewel of the Nile the other night. It’s the sequel to Romancing the Stone, and not quite as good as the first. But I started thinking about the reason Joan Wilder went off to Africa with the sheik. She was suffering from writer’s block, and thinks that by writing a biography of a world leader, she will be taken more seriously as a writer. After seventeen romance novels, she doesn’t “know how it ends,” and thinks maybe she should move on from her career and her romance with Jack Colton.
BY JENNI COWBURN
You can’t help but have noticed the surge in popularity of digital erotica over the last few years. Perhaps beginning with the breakout success of E. L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, the popularity of digital erotic literature has skyrocketed. But what does this say about female empowerment? Is the marked rise in the use of such material evidence that women are breaking the shackles of conservatism, or rather is this simply a reveal of something that was already there? To put it another way, have women always been empowered erotically, but in this modern age, the widespread availability of digital erotica has offered them the power to take ownership of this fact? Let’s find out.
BY GINA DANNA
In The Wicked Bargain, Arabella Covington spent her youth following her father, a country physician, to his visits and helped him treat his patients. She learned medicine through this, like an apprentice. With this knowledge, she wants to be able to help the sick and wounded but she can’t. At this time period, early 1800s, women were only allowed to be midwives and nothing more.
I’ve always had a fascination with multiple births. Several of my friends and family members are either twins or triplets and I thought, why not write a story involving a set of quintuplets while they are each trying to find love and happiness?