Working Writers


My writing career had a less than illustrious beginning. At least, I’m sure the true creative types, those authors who live by the muse, would think so. Over twenty years ago, I started out in the write-for-hire world of YA series. The publisher and/or packaging house gave me the series bible (setting, characters and key events already written by other authors), then they handed me a one or two paragraph synopsis of what they wanted to happen in the book I was to write, a deadline, and a check. Then it was off to write. I did this for twelve books total as part of 3 different YA series for 3 different publishers over the span of a few years before the packager closed its doors and the series I was working on directly for Western Publishing wrapped up. Continue reading “Working Writers”

One “man’s” impressions of RWA12


It’s 3:05 pm. Friday, July 27. I’m due to present at a workshop attended by tens if not hundreds of professional romance novel writers in 10 minutes. I desperately need to find a men’s room.

And the one I’ve just found has flowers where ordinarily I would… water the flowers.

This could be a problem.

Maybe I should take a step back and tell you how this unlikely scenario came to pass.

It’s March. My good friend Serena Robar, author of the Half-Blood Vampire novels and Giving up the V, asks me to go to have beverages with her to discuss a workshop she’s giving at RWA. (I know the truth: I am a legendary drunk and she wants to hit my wine cellar, but I’ve accepted my shortcomings.) Over a bottle of Cabernet that in retrospect should have been better considering the favor she was about to do for me she tells me that she’s working up a panel on how to convert your book into a Web series or movie or TV show, which makes sense considering she just closed a deal to do a series with Anne Heche, and could she bounce the legal stuff off me. This makes sense too: I’m an entertainment lawyer and also teach it at a law school, and so my ego makes me think I might know this stuff even if maybe I don’t. After a few minutes I say, “You know, I could just go do your workshop with you.” Continue reading “One “man’s” impressions of RWA12″

Double Advantage


There is something freeing about sitting down and telling yourself, “We’re writing this for fun. Who knows if it’ll go anywhere, but we’re going to have a grand time at it.” No expectations. No weight around your neck about how you’re going to feel during revisions or goodness, what happens when you send it out fifty times trying to entice someone to love your book the way you do.

Carrie Lofty and I were at a double advantage when we sat down to write Double Down and the other books that we have since written as Katie Porter, our co-writing name. We were operating from a state of faith in each other’s writing, since we were both multi-published, though in historical romance. Continue reading “Double Advantage”

Somebody That I Used to Know


If you listen to the radio in the car, read Forbes magazine, watch Glee, or tweet, you’ve heard—or heard about—the hit duet featuring Gotye and Kimbra. And you probably know what you’re listening to, whereas up until about two weeks ago, I had no clue. No clue that I could nail down, anyway, because I existed in a pop culture void for the last four months, learning to live with a newborn baby. While in my void, the one predictable element was the opening melody of “Somebody That I Used to Know”, which popped up on the radio every time I got in the car.

After four months of telling myself to remember the lyrics and look up the artist, I finally did…and had “A Moment”. Continue reading “Somebody That I Used to Know”