RANDOM MUSINGS: THE POWER OF HAPPILY EVER AFTER

RANDOM MUSINGS: THE POWER OF HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Oct. 31, 2020 by

Why Do Happy Endings Matter So Much in Romance? Like clockwork, somebody always pops up on social media arguing that you don’t need a happily ever after or happily for now (HEA/HFN) ending to have a romance. It would be

RANDOM MUSINGS: WRITING DURING CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

RANDOM MUSINGS: WRITING DURING CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

Apr. 16, 2020 by

Why Is Writing Romance Easier for Me than Nonfiction During the Coronavirus Lockdown? How are you doing with your quarantine life? Are you getting into a rhythm and staying productive? Or forcing yourself to take a shower and get out

Random Musings: Diversity, Politics, Love, and Romance Novels

Random Musings: Diversity, Politics, Love, and Romance Novels

May. 2, 2019 by

Washington DC Sits at the Intersection of Diversity, Politics, Love, and Everything Great About Romance Novels A couple weeks ago, I took a trip to Washington DC with my best girlfriend. Neither of us had been there since we were

Random Musings: Women’s Fiction and Men’s Fiction

Random Musings: Women’s Fiction and Men’s Fiction

Mar. 18, 2019 by

Why Do We Need a Separate Category for Women’s Fiction, but Not Men’s Fiction? I’m always fascinated by the responses of my male friends when they read my books. Yes, I write romance, which is typically considered a sub-genre of

Random Musings: Writing Quality VS Quantity

Random Musings: Writing Quality VS Quantity

Jan. 30, 2019 by

Why Great Writing Matters—Even in Romance Novels I was an avid reader long before I became a writer. As a kid growing up in a volatile household, books were my escape. A great book was one I could read over

Random Musings: Character-Driven Stories

Random Musings: Character-Driven Stories

Aug. 30, 2018 by

Why I Love Reading and Writing Character-Driven Stories I read pretty much every genre under the sun, but regardless of genre, I love character-driven stories the most. Something about getting a behind-the-scenes look at people’s internal struggles and issues, and

Random Musings: Romance Authors as Writing Robots

Random Musings: Romance Authors as Writing Robots

Jun. 28, 2018 by

How Many Books Should a Romance Author Publish Every Year? According to most research, the average reader goes through a book or two a month. Authors of most styles of fiction publish a book every year or two. A few,

Random Musings: Romance in First Person

Random Musings: Romance in First Person

Jan. 25, 2018 by

Do You Prefer Your Romance Written in First Person or Third? For pretty much ever, most fiction, romance in particular, was written in the third person point of view (POV) using “he” and “she”. Most readers like third person POV.

Random Musings: Core Values in Real Life and Fiction

Random Musings: Core Values in Real Life and Fiction

Dec. 27, 2017 by

How Core Values Impact Real Life and Fictional Characters in My Romance Novels A few years ago, my then nineteen-year-old nephew moved in with me and my hubby. He lived with us a little over a year with the ambition

Random Musings: Alpha Males, Romance Novels & #MeToo

Random Musings: Alpha Males, Romance Novels & #MeToo

Nov. 28, 2017 by

Writing Steamy Romance Novels in the Age of #MeToo Recently, I read a fascinating article: “3 Cult-Classic Films That Reveal the Depth of Sexual Assault Culture in America”. One of the movies mentioned was Saturday Night Fever. I remember watching it