Reading to Writing: An Author’s Journey

Reading to Writing: An Author’s Journey

Reading to Writing: An Author's Journey I’ve always loved thrillers. I read a ton of thriller and horror classics back before I started reading romance novels at thirteen. Authors like Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Richie Tankersley Cusick, Lois Duncan, Diane Hoh, and Leslie Rule. I didn’t get into the Goosebumps books much; I was getting a bit old for them. But I read just about everything else for young adults. I even started drafting my own novel with dark themes (I never finished it, but it’s still in my head). Following in my sister’s footsteps, I started reading romance novels at the age of thirteen. My first two romance novels were a Harlequin romance titled Master of Glen Crannach by Stephanie Howard and Rebellious Desire by Julie Garwood. After those I got into western and historical romance. I read books by Connie Mason, Teresa Medeiros, and Ellen Tanner Marsh. And that phase lasted into my mid-twenties. After that, I switched to adult murder...
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10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 2)

10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 2)

10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 2) It's been a while since I posted Part 1 of this blog series, so I figured I better get back to it. So, here are more reasons why I write... I’m a big brainstormer. I love to fit story pieces together and work out plot details. For me, it’s fun. Most of the time, my ideas occur to me naturally when I brainstorm ideas. I’ll ask questions like: what happens next, what needs to happen in order for the details to fit, what other obstacles do my characters face. For me, it’s not about how I can make my characters’ lives more difficult. That’s a common tip for writers. ‘Don’t stop there – how can you make things even worse?’ That’s not for me, at least not at the moment, because for right now, I think my characters lead tough enough lives as it is. Could I kick it up a notch? Oh yeah, sure. Several notches....
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Note of Encouragement For 2018

Note of Encouragement For 2018

Note of Encouragement For 2018 Hey! Happy 2nd Day of 2018! I was looking through my old Amazon purchases and some of the first things I bought on Amazon were books. Want to know what I bought? One book on perfection and two books on procrastination.   That says a lot about me!   I've come a long way since then. And 2017 was a big year. Not only did I finally let other people read my work, but I also published a novel! The first serious novel I wrote was back in 2009, but I could never bring myself to publish it or let anyone read it. It needed so much editing, at least in my mind, and I didn't know where to begin.   Fast forward to 2017 and I finally have a novel I'm proud of. Having my name splashed across a book cover is a big deal for me, and I don't take it lightly. Is my novel perfect? No. I accept that it...
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