Building Character

No matter what you have been told, authors rarely start working on a character from a story with a blank slate. There is always some bit to start with. Maybe gender, because you write F/F or M/M, is predetermined. Maybe you like writing about Vikings or Highlanders. Maybe Billionaires are your sweet spot. And maybe a strong woman in a scary situation is the main part of your story. Continue reading “Building Character”

Just Like Mother Used to Make

People eat the strangest things and call food the oddest names. We also refuse to eat some things that are actually very nutritious for us. Basically, eating is a mind game and you will be more inclined to eat the kind of foods you grew up eating. You might change up the seasonings and side dishes, but the main ingredient will be standard. Continue reading “Just Like Mother Used to Make”

The Pregnant Omega

While I was buying the rest of the serieses (what’s the plural of series? Two series?) that I discovered through an on-line workshop, I found that the title Winter’s Heat had been used a few times. That’s cool. As long as you know which author you are looking for. The other book was a shifter M/M about the pack Alpha and a pregnant Omega. Continue reading “The Pregnant Omega”

Making History Relevant

All the meetings of my local chapter of Romance Writers of America have been super valuable. I hope I can encourage you to find a chapter and join. Even an on-line chapter is valuable to a writer. We were fortunate enough to have Callie Hutton, USA Today best-selling author of Regency Romances, Western Historical Romances, and the occasional Contemporary Romance, come talk to us. She is delightful. Continue reading “Making History Relevant”

Perfect Back Story

Every fan of Romance novels knows that Happily Ever After is the perfect conclusion. And the more trouble the principles involved have to work through to get there, the better. Sexual tension is important, too. In our story, however, there’s not much sex of any kind yet. But there is an attraction and there is desire. The following back story needs to be woven in to the story going forward without heavy telling and without flashbacks. Continue reading “Perfect Back Story”