Tag Archives: fiction writing

Quick keystrokes to save your life (and manuscript) in Word documents

You’re typing along and you accidentally hit the wrong key, causing something to go terribly wrong in your manuscript. Stop. Don’t touch anything. Back away from the computer. Emergency step No. 1: Now, take a deep breath and hit Control … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Romance writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

How alien can an alien hero be in sci-fi romance? #SFR

If you read sci-fi romance, one of the first things you’ll notice is how much aliens from other planets resemble humans.  Not only do they look like us, when it comes to mating, our DNA is perfectly compatible. Inter-species reproduction is … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Romance writing, Science fiction | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

2015 Year in Review: what a ride, baby!

What an amazing year. Not a dull (or idle) moment. In 2015 I celebrated my sixth year as a published author, my one-year Indieversary, and published my 22nd book (Stranded with the Cyborg). I set some new personal records,writing more … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Romance writing, Self publishing | Tagged , , , , , | 10 Comments

Writing and the magic of hard work

I’m often asked how I come up with my story ideas and what my writing process is. Honestly, I don’t know. It’s a mystery to me. I’ve written 24 erotic romances now, and while a few knit together effortlessly, most of … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Romance writing | Tagged , , , | 14 Comments

10 good practices for every author

Set goals. Know what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and how you’re going to do it. What do you really want to accomplish with your writing? Do you want to quit your day job? Become a best-seller? Achieve critical … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Romance writing | Tagged , , , , | 20 Comments

Still trying to work out working from home…

When I had a corporate job, my schedule was cut-and-dried. I spent Monday through Friday, 9-10 hours a day at the office, and I crammed personal errands, recreation and “living” into weekends and two to four weeks of vacation. But … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Life 101, Romance writing | Tagged , , , , , | 28 Comments

My thoughts about the writing process on IndieSciFi&Fantasy @IndieSFFBooks

How do I write? Where do I write? When did I start? What did I learn from writing sci-fi romance? Indie Sci-fi & Fantasy interviewed me about that and more. Interview here

Share
Posted in Romance writing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

#Writetip: Don’t look now…some thoughts on dialogue tags

Characters look at each other way too much. Why? Because authors use look (and its cousin, gaze) as a dialogue tag to indicate who is speaking to whom, to avoid repeating he said and she said. Rule of thumb: Don’t … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Romance writing | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

#Writetip: dos and dont’s of using backstory…

The backstory is the event(s) or life moment(s) occurring before the actual story begins that shaped your characters and made them who they are: the abusive childhood, the painful divorce, fighting in the war, etc. Often this information needs to be conveyed to the reader … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Romance writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Where/how do you get your story ideas?

People often ask authors, where do you get your ideas? Occasionally,  I’ll hear a news report or somebody will say something that will trigger an idea. But usually an idea, a “what if” will materialize out of the ether while … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Contests, Romance writing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment