Every year, my local chapter of Romance Writers of America has a potluck meeting and those who were able to attend can share what they learned with those of us who could not attend. I try to make notes about the important things but sometimes I get sidetracked. Like by Sara who is a twin and a mother of twins! Teenagers, even. And the anthology Fae Worlds, written by some of my friends in the chapter. And by the delicious food set out for the chapter. Mmmm. Continue reading “Part One of My Notes from a Recap of RWA National 2018”
I’m cheating. I need to get this information all in one place so that I can update my About Me page on this blog. And in the meantime, I can share my intimate details with you. No, no, not THOSE intimate details. Just because I write smut doesn’t mean I want everyone to know my personal preferences. No, I am saving those for my memoirs. Continue reading “About Me”
Happy mid-March! I am relieved to know that Spring is just a week and a day away. This winter was particularly hard, so more sunlight is exactly what I need. And today we set the clocks back. Don’t like losing that hour but glad to have the sun hang around a bit. Continue reading “Introducing Renee Grace Thompson”
At RWA 2016 (That’s author code for the national convention of Romance Writers of America this year) I enjoyed listening to Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords in 2008. This amazing man has had his problems, certainly, but I learned a bunch from his speech. Continue reading “Pre-Order Your Books Now”
I am excited to share with you that I finished the second book in the Regency Banquet series (written as Roxanna Haley) and it is available TODAY on Amazon and Smashwords. I want to share also the journey on my way to getting this work finished. Regency Banquet – Entree: Pure Captivation.
Part of my enjoyment of on-line writer communities comes from getting to know new and evolving authors who bring enthusiasm and a fresh point of view along with their talent.
Ivy Nelson is a 30-year-old romance/erotica/mystery writer living in Houston, Texas with her husband. Ivy has been writing for as long as she can remember and read her first romance at the age of fourteen. You could say it was love at first site. Since then, Ivy has read anything she can get her hands on. While she has always loved writing, she let that hobby sit on the back burner while pursuing a degree in political science and higher education. The love for writing never left. In 2015, Ivy decided to give up her day job and focus on writing the type of thing she loves to read. Her first book will be available for purchase in the Fall of 2016. In her free time, Ivy enjoys cooking, travel, wine tasting and singing really old country music at karaoke bars. You can find her at:
I had a chance to ask Ivy a few questions.
IN. NaNoWriMo has a very special place in my heart. I participated for the first time in 2013. The story I wrote was awful but for the first time, I actually finished something. I now participate in the November event every year and I also take part in both the April and July camps. I think NaNoWriMo works for me because it brings out the competitor in me. I’m not competing against anyone but myself though so there are no hard feelings. It’s also a very social event if you want it to be. I attend write-ins when I can and I always take part in the word sprints that are hosted on Twitter. This camp I’m working on a brand new series that I’m really excited about.
DH. So, what have you written?
IN. I have written a handful of short stories that are currently being workshopped before I publish them. The series of short stories I’m most excited about is my wine and sex series. Each story is a piece of erotica that involves a glass of wine. I explore a number of sexual themes and I’m excited to start publishing them. I’m also in the editing phase of a novel that is the first of three romantic thrillers set in Washington D.C. There is a heavy BDSM theme and there is plenty of action (in every sense of the word). Finally, I am working on a series called Vegas Vigilante. I’m not ready to reveal any major details on that yet.
IN. During NaNoWriMo, I aim for at least 2,000 words a day. The rest of the time I just aim to write something every day. I’ve found that if I force myself to sit down and start writing I’ll always hit at least the 1,000-word mark.
IN. So far everything I’ve written has been in series form. I’ve got a 50 novel plan in which all of the novels will be connected in some way. The cool thing about them is that readers won’t have to read them in a specific order. There will be some that could be considered trilogies within the set of 50 novels. When they are all done, they will take readers on a fun journey across the U.S. and around the world.
IN. I haven’t officially published anything yet but I am planning a big launch and some kind of press release. I’m also trying to get a blog tour together.
Thanks, Ivy, and thanks everyone for reading. I’ll be back on Thursday.
We get so used to reading romances where the characters are part wolf or part demon or all vampire. They could be considered hybrids. When we talk about a hybrid author, however, we are referring to a traditionally published author who decides to self publish, or self published author who is picked up by a traditional publishing house. Continue reading “Hybrid Authors Are Not Paranormal”