What’s Your Take on Romance in a Novel?

What’s Your Take on Romance in a Novel?

What’s Your Take on Romance in a Novel? For a long time, from junior high to my mid-twenties, I read romance novels by authors like Connie Mason, Norah Hess, Ellen Tanner Marsh, Teresa Medeiros, and Christine Feehan. I loved them. Loved the romance. Loved the strong male characters and the feisty and strong-willed heroines. Then at some point, after Harold and I got married, I switched genres. Mysteries, psychological thrillers, legal thrillers, medical thrillers, political thrillers, any kind of thriller. So long as it didn’t have any romance in it. A little bit was fine. But if solving a crime was merely the setting in which a romance took place, forget it. Not for me. But then around 2012, I gradually became interested in young adult novels. Naturally, I started with The Hunger Games. I listened to the entire trilogy on audio while at work. And there’s romance in it, as I’m sure you already know. There’s romance in the Divergent series. There’s...
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Tribute to The Ghosts by Antonia Barber – Classic Ghost Stories

Tribute to The Ghosts by Antonia Barber – Classic Ghost Stories

Tribute to The Ghosts by Antonia Barber - Classic Ghost Stories Do you enjoy reading ghost stories? One of the first ghost stories I read growing up was The Ghosts by Antonia Barber. I only remember two parts of it, and sadly I must have donated the book when my husband and I made our cross-country trip to Alaska, but those parts have stayed with me for over 24 years! And the book was, and still is, a classic. There’s just something intriguing about ghost stories. Do ghosts really exist or are they merely a figment of our overactive imagination? Do they have special powers? Are they able to hear and see things through solid walls or over great distances? And most interesting of all, what stories do they have to tell us? What led to their death? What secrets have they taken to the grave? The basic story idea for Shattered came to me in a dream. I had just finished writing a...
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What Do We Have to Lose By Pursuing a Dream?

What Do We Have to Lose By Pursuing a Dream?

What Do We Have to Lose By Pursuing a Dream? It's been a lifelong dream of mine to write novels. Ever since I watched my sister brainstorm story ideas when I was a young girl, I've wanted to write. Every year, I dabbled in story and novel writing, sometimes writing crummy but complete first drafts and more often than not writing incomplete manuscripts. Aside from them being incomplete, I had no idea where to begin editing them – they needed so much work. But in late 2016, I started getting serious about studying and practicing the craft of writing. I’ve been writing since I was eleven years old, and I started writing and editing professionally in 2008. But it really wasn’t until I devoted time and effort to honing my novel writing skills that I started seeing drastic improvements in my abilities. That’s not to say my writing is perfect. It’s not. I need to keep developing my skills. But I’ve gotten...
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