I Took Art Lessons To Write My Book

I loved doing research for my new historical, The King of Threadneedle Street. Shameless litte geek that I am, I enjoyed reading about the 19th-century global economy to write my financial genius hero, Andrew Tilmore. Luckily for you, I’m not blogging about that. I’d like to show you how I wrote my artist character, Alysia Villier. I wanted […]

Real Life Romantic Heroes – Guest Blog at Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood

I adore alpha males in fiction. The take-no-prisoners, my-way-or-the-highway, dragon slayer types. I even cheer when they mess up and land themselves in trouble with the heroines, because it’s true to life, and I like seeing how couples work through conflict. “The course of true love never did run smooth,” and all that. With apologies […]

How I Learned to Write Like a Man

Does anyone else think it’s ironic that a bunch of women write in male point-of-view? Granted, ninety-something percent of romance readers are women, so we probably get away with it. Sometimes. Yes, I know there are men in existence who are in touch with their feelings, who aren’t afraid to talk about relationships and are […]

Start Writing Your Book! Method 2: Outline the Plot

Do you have a story churning in your head, and it wants out?  Does it play in your imagination like a movie?  Then you might be a plotter.  Or a screenplay writer.  Either way, you’ll need an outline. Or, if you have characters talking in your head, you could be A) schizophrenic, B) a writer who should start […]

Death by Editing: Why Writers Turn Neurotic

Do you know how many times I’ve edited my book?  Not enough.  It’s never enough. I edit as I write, and edit twice more before sending it to my critique group, then edit each time I get feedback from a member – all the while going over it again myself and revising.  I scour every […]

Start Writing Your Book! Method 1: Character Sketches

So, you want to write.  Have a cool idea rattling around in the back of your mind, keeping you up at night?  Trying to start the next book in your series, or is this your first?  Either way, you’re surfing the internet instead of writing, so you’re not sure how to get started, right? Writers are often asked where they […]

PART 2 – Men Speak Out: What They Love and Hate About Women

Welcome to Part 2 of Men Speak Out: What They Love and Hate About Women.  On Monday in Part 1, our anonymous panel of Manly Men discussed what makes them respect a woman, what women get wrong about men, and what turns them on or off.  If you want to catch up, read that article here. […]

Men Speak Out: What They Love and Hate About Women – PART 1

I have results from the six-question survey about what men really think about women, in response to a related article, In Praise of the Modern Gentleman.  An encouraging number of Manly Men responded, and I was astounded by their feedback.  Some of their answers I expected (What would you say to all the women in the world?  “Show us your ____!”),  but mostly I […]

Dialogue FAIL? Diagnose the Motive

Sometimes dialogue doesn’t work, but why does it fail? A reader can become confused or skeptical because of any number of issues with the writing, but I think questions in dialogue are the most common problem area.  This is probably as true in real-life dialogue as it is in fiction. Questions are more about the motive than the one-dimensional wording.  […]

In Praise of The Modern Gentleman

Chivalry is not dead.  It’s just rare. Perhaps confused by widespread poor manners or cowed by extreme feminism, the modern gentleman can be a tentative creature.  Should he hold the door open for a girl and risk being berated for assuming she’s incapable of doing it herself?  It’s risky business, and it shouldn’t be. I’m crazy about a gentleman, whether he’s eight years old […]