Movies show a very narrow slice of history. At the end of Shakespeare in Love, Gwyneth Paltrow’s cross-dressing heroine ends up on an island in a loveless marriage. So I went to look for European women in the Colonial Caribbean. And found out that time and place could have been occupied by men only.
“I do declare,” said Scarlet O’Hara of Tara. And then she went on to say things that no one remembers, but everyone remembers “I do declare!” Having just slipped past Independence Day, I thought I would delve into the word, Declaration. Continue reading “July Word of the Month: Declaration”
I am so excited to be able to announce the next volume in the Bowman’s Inn Anthology. Spring – Summer 2017 will be available on April 30th, but you can pre-order it starting April 20th. This is the second to the last volume that we will be publishing like this, then we will go to a whole new way of writing anthologies. Continue reading “Cover Reveal and Romantic Conversation”
Way back in time, Anton Chekov advised writers to focus on important details only. And if you mention and describe the rifle over the fireplace, someone darn well better get that rifle down and use it at some point. By focusing on it, you make a promise to the reader that this item is worthy of attention. Continue reading “Promises to Keep”
Despite the title, this is not a cheerful holiday post. If you have been on this planet for a couple decades or more, you probably realize that creative people often have a demon called Depression in their make-up. We don’t wish for it, we don’t like it, and some days we can ignore it and go about our business. Other days, there’s nothing else in our brains. Continue reading “Merry and Bright”
As I said last time, the benefits of membership in Romance Writers of America include meeting some of the most amazing and talented writers in the business today. Anne Rice and her son Christopher are working on a lot of exciting projects like bringing The Vampire Chronicles to television. After they answered questions that were submitted ahead of the event, the audience was allowed to ask questions. Continue reading “Anne Rice and Christopher Rice, continued.”