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The Big Year #1 in Review

Here we are at the end of another year. But this wasn’t just a normal year for me. I have been calling this my “big year” because I decided to kick everything about building my career into high gear. So did I succeed? Was this truly a “big year”. Well, yes!

First, I had writing goals. This year I wrote 5 books and I published 6 (5 with a publisher, one self-published). Everything I wanted to see written and out there got done and I feel so happy and proud of those accomplishments.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: From the Heart

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is:

How do you feel when you’re writing?

I love this question because I’m not sure anyone has ever asked me that before. Writing is like… flying. I feel so completely and utterly free when I’m doing it. My brain is a pretty busy place.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Acting Out

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is:

Do you ever act out scenes in your books?

I’m not big on acting out a scene in a book, but I do occasionally say dialogue out loud. If a scene comes into my head and I’m in bed or in the shower, I’ll do the dialogue.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Titles, titles, titles

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is:

How do you come up with titles for your books?

Titles are one of the hardest thing for me to come up with. I write 65,000-80,000 word novels usually so trying to encompass that book into a 2-5 word title is… hard.… [Read more...]

It’s My Anniversary!

Normally today would be an erotic historical romance feature and we’ll pick that up again next week, but today is a very exciting one and I want to share it with you. You see, today is the tenth anniversary of the publication of my very first book.

Back in 2003, I was writing historical romance, waiting for my big break to come. Indie publishing was all but non-existent and there weren’t very many choices out there for writers but to wait for a publisher to decide you were the “one” that week.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Creativity

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is:

Are you creative in other ways?

Yes? I say it with a question mark because it’s kind of true. I think most people are creative. Obviously I put most of my creative energy into writing, which means I don’t have a lot left over for anything else.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: The fun of creation!

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a  question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is from Kate Pearce:

What is your favorite part of creating a new book?

That is such a hard answer to give! First, let me tell you a little more about my process. I have an idea and I flesh that out into a blurb for myself.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: The Full Time Writer

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is from a bunch of people :

How many hours a week do you write?

That’s a tough question. I write 12 pages a day, 5 days a week and sometimes on weekends (I do working weekends where I write and off weekends where I try to unplug entirely).… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Why Indie?

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is from a bunch of people :

You’ve been talking a lot lately about going indie in 2015. Why are you making that shift?

I have been in this business for 15 years. Yup, you read that right. 15 years.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Writer’s Block

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is from Deana Olson Connelly :

Do you get writers block?

I don’t really believe in the concept of writer’s block. When I get stuck, it’s really about that I’ve probably taken a wrong turn in the story so I have to go back and look.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: My awesome support system

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is from Lise-Marie Foxx and Heather Boyd:

Who is the biggest supporter of your writing? What’s it like (pros and cons) working with a spouse?

I’m very lucky in that I have a great number of wonderful supporters. My parents and brother have my back big time (my Mom will actually be doing some copyediting for me as I move into indie) and I have a great circle of friends, both writers and non-writers, who support me with supportive ears and kind and loving care.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Traveling for Research

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is from Tonya Callihan:

Is there a place or country you have written about you’ve never visited but want to? Is there a place you want to write about, but never have because you want to visit it first?

It would be awesome, for sure, if I could just travel around writing about exotic places, but unfortunately, I cannot.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Why Join the Newsletter

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is a general one I get:

Why should I join your newsletter?

There are several reasons why my newsletter is the place to be:

1. It’s the best place to know when I have a book out. Yes, you may be on my social media or visit my website, but it’s so easy to miss posts.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Ideas

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is from Deana Olson Connelly :

Where do your ideas come from?

I get that question quite a bit and it makes me wonder, why isn’t everyone just getting ideas? To me it is as natural as breathing. I’ll read something when researching or see something watching a movie or just be taking a shower and an idea will hit me.… [Read more...]

Question Wednesday: Relating to Characters

Every week I answer a question from a reader or writer here on my blog. You can add a question to the queue by putting it in the comments on any blog. This week’s question is from Vicki Dougherty-Magnuson:

Do you relate to anyone character more than the others?

I feel like that’s kind of asking me which character I love more and it’s such an impossible question to answer. Usually my favorite is whoever I’m writing at the time because I’m so immersed in them and their life and their stories.… [Read more...]