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I’m a visual person. When I’m dreaming up characters for a new book I like to hang pictures in my office of what I think they look like. Someone to stare at when I need inspiration.
Because I’m woefully ignorant about the names of current Hollywood stars, this usually involves me Googling things like “hot cowboys” or “curvaceous blondes” or “that guy in Magic Mike XXL,” which inevitably leads me to porn sites. Anyone getting a look at my computer cookies would probably think I’m a registered sex offender.
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BY KAT MARTIN
I never give writing tips. I figure everyone has his own personal style. Plus some people are just naturally good. But I do think there are a few things authors can do to sharpen their work. Here are some of the things I think about when I am writing a novel.
- Start with a hook. Make your first sentence or at least your first paragraph compelling. Make the reader want to read the book! In INTO THE FURY, my newest Romantic Suspense, the first sentence reads, SINNERS, SLUTS, and WHORES–BEWARE. Your TIME is at HAND. Standing next to the long mahogany table in the conference room, Ethan Brodie re-read the note he’d just been handed.
BY VICTORIA VANE
What do you get when you combine a former rodeo stock contractor with a lotta cowboy attitude, a hard-as-nails no nonsense New York investment banker, and a Las Vegas hotel that’s seen better days?
Hotel Rodeo, a smart and sizzling sexy new contemporary romance series from bestselling, award-winning author VICTORIA VANE.
HOTEL RODEO is a distinct departure from my more traditional cowboy romances. Ty Morgan is a very flawed hero. He’s a divorced playboy who loves woman—in single serving sizes and has an alcohol problem that he’s mostly overcome. He’s got a smart mouth and talks a lot of smack about his ex-wife, but deep down takes responsibility for the failed marriage. He has countless “friends” but doesn’t let anyone get too close, with the exception of his business partner, Oklahoma billionaire, Tom Brandt. With no other family or close connections, The Hotel means everything to Ty, but he knows its days are numbered.
In Greek mythology, Athena—the goddess of wisdom and so much else—was not born. Instead, she sprang fully grown and armed from her father Zeus’ aching forehead, freed by a blow of the ax to his skull. She experienced no infancy, no swath of time where her goals or personality remained inchoate or indistinct. Instead, she emerged entirely complete and ready for battle.
One of my favorite things to do in a story is to make two unlikely characters fall in love. I love reading about broken, flawed characters from different slices of life finding common ground. It’s the reason I enjoy writing multicultural romance. I fully believe we create our own barriers.
Although, I love reading any kind of romance, I lean toward unique parings such as the overweight girl and personal trainer or the high-ranking CEO falling in love with a wondering musician. Even better, perhaps in the later scenario, the musician is the man.
I’ve made course changes in my life – career shifts, married late – and didn’t start writing until I was over forty. The women characters in the book are over the age of thirty and making plucky changes, because happily ever afters happen at any age!
If the apocalypse happened, which of your heroes &/or Heroines would you want to have on hand to help you survive and why?
Linny’s friend, Mary Catherine. The blunt attorney was a tomboy as a girl and grew up rough. She could handle a little old apocalypse.
When I was little, I dreamed that I’d be a singer. I used to play dress up and climb up onto my grandma’s coffee table to sing my heart out along with her old eight tract tapes of Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton. This dream was quickly smashed when my third grade music teacher rejected me from the elementary chorus because, according to her, I couldn’t “hold a tune in a bucket.”
BY MACKENZIE CROWNE
As an author, all of my characters steal a little piece of my heart, but occasionally, one comes along who claims a chunk. Tuck, the hero of To Win Her Trust, is one of these. I’m a sucker for a rascal, and Tuck is a rascal on steroids, but he also has a good heart. That’s not to say he wasn’t a challenge to write. Let’s face it, in the romance genre, the formula calls for some level of angst, but unlike so many romance heroes, Tuck didn’t come with baggage. There were no dark secrets from his past, or failed relationships scarring his soul.
I’m dating myself by admitting this, but I remember life before the Internet. A time when falling in love typically meant you were face to face with another person. Now the Internet is simply part of our days.
I spend a lot of time on-line because of my occupation, and find you can get a sense of people’s personalities by the way they “speak” in Computer-land. Whether in a Facebook comment, or blog post, we learn about others. Emoticons, exclamations points, using all caps…not to mention how it’s easier to speak opening using social media. Easier than face-to-face.
The holidays are just about on top of us, which means many of us are stressed. We’re running around getting presents and prepping meals and rarely take the time for a breather.
This time of year, we all need some comfort. If you’ve ever read my blog (or even my bio on social media), you know that my two favorite things to help me relax are watching TV and baking cookies. I love my DVR because I can save all the shows I don’t have time for when I’m running around and I can watch them at my leisure—minus commercials, which is doubly awesome.