MEET THE AUTHOR AVA CUVAY

  • Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers.

Hi, I’m Adam Lehmann, former cop and bar bouncer and, uh, [looks around nervously, then lowers voice] current alpha-phase cyborg. Look, Ava Cuvay said I could trust you, but I’m still cautious with that tidbit. Cyborgs aren’t very popular in my world, and keeping the details of my… uh, cybernetic condition… to myself is basic self-preservation. You all might be cyborg sympathizers, but I’m an old dog and talking openly about it is a new trick. I’d blame Ava for creating that fucked-up world, but she also introduced me to the woman I love, Eve Myer. Plus, Ava is a best-selling, award-winning sci-fi romance author… so I guess she can’t really help herself. Honestly, she’d throw the blame back in my face, claiming she just listens to what her characters tell her. She once admitted that Eve and I jumped in the sack way before we were meant to, not that I’m complaining. Yeah, so Ava might be a bit sadistic toward her characters, but she makes the end worth it. I wouldn’t change a thing as long as I get to keep Eve in my arms… the organic one *and* the cyborg one.

  • Without giving us spoilers introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.

My current WIP is “Tin Toy,” the second book in my Silver Cyborg series, a slightly-futuristic (150+ years) Sci-fi Romance series set in my stomping grounds of Indianapolis, Indiana (“Tin Man” is the first book, featuring my surly former-cop character Adam, who so nicely *cough!*cough!*side-eye* introduced me). “Tin Toy” is the story of Betty, a forty-something cyborg-spy-turned-librarian. She looks like a pin-up model, kisses like an angel, and fights like a trained assassin. I’m still only about half way through the story, so don’t have a go-live date on it yet (crossing fingers by the end of Summer!).

  • What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?

I love that Betty has been around the block, seen and done horrible things, but it hasn’t stripped her of her kindness. She might be once bitten, twice shy, (to which, she’d respond, “Oh, honey. I’ve been bitten so many times by life, I’m practically a chew toy at this point.”), but she’s not bitter. Neither is she a pushover. She kicks ass, and does it with a perfect Customer Service smile in place.

  • Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP?

“Tin Man” has an automaton bartender that works with Adam, named Arthur (or “Artie,” as the public calls robots). As 100% automech, it is a nice counter-point to Adam, who struggles with the synthesis of his organic and cybernetic parts. Arthur was fun to write. It had been vandalized by bar patrons with black markers, much like the poor guy who passes out first at a fraternity party. And the bar owner just went with it, dressing Arthur in costumes such as pirate and Shakespearean fop. Arthur even makes a bet with Adam, for a new hat. J

  • How did you come up with your idea for the above story?

“Tin Man” began with my desire to write something more earth-side, so I wouldn’t have to do so much world-building (joke was on me: there was still a ton of world-building! Lol!), and wanting to pursue the question of how society might react to the introduction of cyborgs. Would society accept people who were part machine as readily as they would a fancy toaster? The answer is Oh Hell No, because distrust of AI and machines are a common Sci-fi trope. And also because it makes for a far more interesting story when there’s this much tension.

  • What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?

HAHAHA! Plan?? We don’t need no plan!

Lol. I’m kidding. Kind of. Most of my stories (“Tin Man” and “Tin Toy” included) start with a vague idea, and then I usually let the characters take it from there. Which often leads us into some interesting areas and any plans I might have made usually get chucked out the window. Adam was correct: he and Eve got intimate way before I had planned, and it was like “Oh, wow… we’re doing this *now*? Uh, um, ok.”

  • How do you handle writers block?

If I’m just not feeling it, sometimes I bully through the section to get to the next section, and hope when I go back I’ll be more inclined to make it jazzy and awesome. Sometimes—and sadly this last year has been “one” of those times—I just have to walk away for a bit and wait for the muse to get her sh*t together. In those cases, it’s equally as frustrating to be writing as it is to NOT be writing. Not a good place for an author to be in. L

  • Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?

Unfortunately, I don’t have a writing ritual, which would probably help with my aforementioned muse issue. What I *do* have is two active teens, a hubby who likes to talk to me, a full time job, organizations I have been suckered into volunteer for, and an aging aunt I’m taking care of from a state away… it makes for a roller coaster lifestyle at the moment, which is awesome even though my writing opportunities are more random as a result.

  • What is your writing snack?

Whatever is in the fridge, which is usually requires cooking and is therefore usually disappointing. But if I could choose anything, I’d say a balance of savory and sweet… Twizzlers, bacon, chocolate, kettle cooked chips, and Sour Patch kids.

  • What do you do when you’re not writing?

I work full time as a Substitute Teacher, and I have two active teens. And if that wasn’t enough, I’m Treasurer for the Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal RWA chapter and a local lacrosse organization. AND anxiously await the next season of The Mandalorian.

  • What is your favorite season and why?

Summer, because then I have way more free time to write. Otherwise, I’d say Lacrosse Season because most of the family is involved one way or another in the sport.

  • What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?

Other than the over-arching genre of “Romance,” I don’t have a favorite. I read it all. Naturally, I lean toward Sci-fi or paranormal, but I also love a great contemporary, historical, male/male, reverse harem, various heat levels… if it’s a good story with engaging characters, I want to read it!

  • Do you have a writer mission statement? What is it?

Sorry, no mission statement. That would involve me being very organized. Lol!

  • What do you spend your music so you listen to when you write? How does it help to put you in the mood?

I can only listen to music if hubby is not home, because he always has the TV on for background noise. If I do listen to music, it’s often basic non-descript “white noise.” The summer of quarantine, I listened to a lot of relaxing yoga and hand drum music which had no lyrics or even a beat. I also got turned on to BTS, a popular Korean group, which was great because I couldn’t understand many of the lyrics.

JUNE QUESTION OF THE MONTH

June is full of hope and new beginnings what do you hope spring brings you?

I hope I can finish both the “Tin Toy” book and the second book in my Star of the North Dragons series this Summer! (So, not really a new beginning, but an ending… which would lead to new beginnings of with the next books in the series)


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MEET THE AUTHOR BILLIE DADDARIO

  • Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers?

My name is Joseph I’m a widower with a five-year-old. Billie Daddario is quite imaginative and has really put me through the wringer as a character in her story. She introduces me to the person I want to grow old with. The person I want to raise my child with, but of course, she can’t let me realize that right off the bat.

Billie writes it so that I do something rash and go drinking with the least stable person in the county. The result is that when I come to my senses and reject her. She doesn’t take it well and she ends up doing horrible things to the woman I love.

Billie is a good person though; she gave me the happiest ending.

  • Without giving us spoilers introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.

My latest novel is The Cowboy’s Secondhand Heart. It goes live on September 6th. It’s a beautiful story about redemption and how important it is to be redeemed. Our hero is redeemed and our antagonist has never had redemption.

The book is also a romance so eventually, the Hero and Heroine fall in love after they earn it. Their lives are complicated so they overcome they rise to the occasion.

  • What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?

The main character in this book is Joseph and seeing the love unfold from the making perspective is wonderful. He has a steadfastness that takes a minute to develop but once it does it’s beautiful.

  • Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP?
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You need to know about Heather. Heather is our Antagonist. She is a very disturbed individual who may have gotten away with murder in the past and maybe plotting it again.

  • How did you come up with your idea for the above story?

My stories more or less just fall onto the page one word after the other. I do a character sketch and decide what I want to happen generally and then I just start to write and it comes to me the words just fall onto the laptop. Usually, the bool I am working on now does not work like that.

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  • What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?

My writing plan for this book was to put my butt in the chair and write. I had very few distractions It was my third book and I loved writing so there was no drudgery in it. It took me about a month to get the first draft done. I don’t plot ahead of time. I just write.

  • How do you handle writers’ block?

I didn’t suffer from writer’s block while writing The Cowboy’s Secondhand Heart, but I did suffer from writers’ block while writing my next book. I got out of the habit of writing every day and I just struggle with it now. But the answer is to sit down and start writing and what you need will come to you.

  • Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?

I believe in rituals to get you ready to do things that are special and I believe that writing is incredibly special. So, you think I would have rituals that are mystical or special. But No. I don’t have a particularly special ritual I wake up take the dog out, watch the local news,  drink a cup of coffee, and then I turn on some bosa nova jazz and become a writer.

I take care of writer business and then I write.

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  • What is your writing snack?

I like M&Ms

  • What do you do when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing I watch TV I watch a broad spectrum of weird stuff. I’m hooked on Time Team and the Murdoch Mysteries and I am a sucker for old movies.

  • What is your favorite season and why?

I love summer and late spring when it’s warm and the flowers in the garden are all in bloom before it gets too hot.

  • What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?

I like romance novels but I’m a snob I like the classic old romance novels I love Jane Eyre and Sense and Sensibility. But I hated Wuthering Heights I thought Heath Cliff should have been pushed down the stairs. He had no redeemable qualities.

  • Do you have a writer’s mission statement? What is it?

My mission statement is to take my readers somewhere they haven’t been before and make them care about the characters and give them a happy ending eventually.

  • What do listen to when you write? How does it help to put you in the mood?

I listen to Bosa Nova Jazz with no words. I don’t know that it puts me in the mood for writing a specific book but like Pavlov’s dog, I hear the music and know it’s time to write. I do have Spotify music lists for each couple giving me something to listen to when I edit.

JUNE QUESTION OF THE MONTH

What is your favorite vacation and why?

As a child we took family vacations to California to visit relatives we drove cross country from Colorado to California. I loved those trips to see my cousins and my aunt and uncle. Sometimes we would drive straight through I remember staying up all night talking with my father coming over the hill and seeing Las Vegas at night all the lights and the heat even at night. I remember one year we had three flat tires. Coming from Green River to Bakers Field. Then when we would get to my aunt and uncle’s house it would be loud and there would be so many hugs. I remember the hugs and the conversation going in every direction. My Aunt would hold conversations with four people at the same time and not skip a beat and not ignore anyone she made everyone feel special. I would give anything for one more road trip with my dad to see my aunt.


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MEET THE AUTHOR EVELYN SOLA

  • Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers.

Introducing Evelyn Sola, queen of the writers.

  • Without giving us spoilers introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.

I am working on Takeoff. It’s the third novel in the Take series. The other books are Takeover, Takedown, and Takeoff. I don’t have a release date yet for the last book, but I’m hoping for June. It’s with the editor right now.

  • What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?

I like how the male main character does not take himself too seriously. He’s kind of silly and fun. The heroine doesn’t know how to take him sometimes due to the ridiculous things he says and does.

  • Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP?

Two of my main characters were the main characters in Takeover. Most of the other side characters were in previous books, so I already know them. They were easy to write, but I did introduce the hero’s family in this book, and it’s always fun drafting new people. I think that’s my favorite part of writing, creating characters and giving them a backstory.

  • How did you come up with your idea for the above story?

Like I said, they were side characters in Takeover. I didn’t really intend to write their story. I just threw them in. The heroine in this book is the sister to my heroine in Takeover. The main characters in Takeoff met in that book, and they had a lot of chemistry. He was interested right away, and she shut him down. Readers have been asking for their story ever since.

  • What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?

I never really have much of an outline. I always have my trope and I go from there. My plan for every book is the same. I want to keep the readers turning those pages. I want them to feel something toward the main characters, whether it’s love, anger, or rage. As long as readers are not bored, they will keep reading. I also want to make people laugh, so I do my best to throw in humor where I can.

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

I take a day or two off from writing. I’ll also read the story again from the beginning and start my self-edits. That usually will give me ideas on how to keep it going.

  • Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?

No. I just start typing and see what comes out. I can always edit or delete it if it’s not good.

  • What is your writing snack?

No particular thing. It’s whatever is available to me at the moment.

  • What do you do when you’re not writing?

I have a husband and two daughters. I spend as much time with them as possible. I also love to travel, even though Covid has put a stop to that.

  • What is your favorite season and why?

Summer. I love the heat, and I love the beach.

  • What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?

I love contemporary romance. Sometimes I take a break from reading it, but I always come back. I love to read about a couple’s journey to their happily ever after, and I love a happy ending.

  • Do you have a writer’s mission statement? What is it?

I don’t, but it’s a good idea. My goal is always to entertain.

  • What do you spend your music so you listen to when you write? How does it help to put you in the mood?

I don’t listen to music while I write. I usually have The Office on in the background or the ID channel. Sometimes Dateline.

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May is full of hope and new beginnings what do you hope spring brings you?

I hope May brings me lots of fresh ideas for books and more hours in the day to write them.


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MEET THE AUTHOR KAY ALBER

  • Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers.

“Hi everyone. My name’s Alice and I’m so excited to see you here today. I’m going to introduce you to our main speaker today, but first, let me tell you something about her. Ms. Alber, or Kay as I call her, well—we’ve known each other for a long time. She’s been in my head a few times and I know at night I’m sure in hers. She writes Romantic Suspense, which means she’ll be loading guns, driving fast cars, and maybe even have a someone stolen in this book of hers. Anyway—she’s really laid back and a great listener. So here she is—Miss Kay herself, ready to meet y’all in person. Ta-da.”

  • Without giving us spoilers introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.?
  • My stories are about women and their troubles and misfortunes combined with romance. “A Deadly Promise” is no exception. It is at my editor’s right now getting the last read and then it will be published May 1st. Next month. Yay!
  • What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?

I modeled my main character Alice, in this next book, after someone I knew in real life. I love her character in this book and especially love the defiance she portrays that will get her into trouble. She has a special willpower to try and make things better, but sometimes women need to stand their ground, and sometimes—they just don’t know how to do that. That could be Alice.

  • Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP?

There’s Anne who grows up from a teenager, as the series progresses. She is Cassie’s sister, from book #1, but has a part in every book thereafter. She’s a tall beauty with a sassy personality. She knows every answer about any question whether she’s asked or not.

  • How did you come up with your idea for the above story?

Anne’s character came about from my own sister’s antics and even though Anne’s a secondary character in books #1 and #2, she makes an impression on everyone she meets.

  • What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?

My original plan was to have this book out before Covid hit. But unfortunately, everything in my life must be good when I write and during Covid, my daughter who has recurring cancer, had to have a couple of stage four surgeries, so I stopped writing until she got better.

  • How do you handle writers block?

I can’t write if everything is not fantastic in my life. I don’t handle writer’s block well, but I know when it happens, that things WILL get better, and so the stopping period doesn’t last long.

  • Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?

Writing comes to me in the middle of the night. I absolutely love the quiet at that time, along with a cup of espresso plus milk. I am a middle of the night person, but I also love to chat in the mornings—especially about what I just wrote.

  • What is your writing snack?

I love dark chocolate or just anything chocolate when I write.

  • What do you do when you’re not writing?

As an avid traveler, I take off either abroad or across country to visit family and friends. I am also a dedicated animal lover. So, I belong to a couple of rescue groups, who rescue seniors and save dogs from puppy mills. In fact, I love animals so much—I always have an animal or two in my stories.

  • What is your favorite season and why?

Autumn is my favorite season. Fall foliage, the crunching of falling leaves, and the nippy weather.

  • What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?

Mysteries are my favorite genre to read. Anything that keeps me dangling until the last page and especially when I can’t guess how the ending will turn out.

  • Do you have a writer mission statement? What is it?

Keep writing—writer’s block or not. If writing is a passion, follow through with it. I started writing late in life, after years of teaching abroad—and to this day, I swear I will continue writing until I tell every character’s story.

  • What do you spend your music so you listen to when you write? How does it help to put y ou in the mood?

I don’t use music while I write, but if I did—it would be operatic songs. Especially Andrea Bocelli. Now when I exercise, I listen to Heavy Metal and the heavier the better.

APRIL QUESTION OF THE MONTH

What is your favorite silver lining moment? ie bad situation that turned out great.

Rushing to get things done, used to be my way of life. Since my daughter has had recurring cancer, I have learned from her, to take each day as a blessing. To enjoy what’s around me. To have happy conversations with people, and to be a good listener.



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MEET THE AUTHOR HONEY PHILIPS

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Honey writes sweet and steamy tales about hot alien warriors, true love, and the joy of found family.

  • Without giving us spoilers introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.

My next novel is A Gift for the Alien Warrior, coming May 8th. It’s the story of a former alien warrior who rescues a human woman and a baby from an abandoned spaceship – only to discover that the woman doesn’t remember anything about herself or how she ended up on the ship. Or why there’s a body on the ship!

  • What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?

The hero, Taranov, is the captain of a trading ship who left his dying planet knowing that he would never have a family. What I love about him is that he’s so honorable and protective of both Wendy and the baby. He (and his tail!) would do anything for them. He may not always make the best decisions, but he believes he is doing the right thing.

  • Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP?

Curall is a crusty older male, part of Taranov’s crew. He’s a little rough around the edges, but he takes great pleasure in feeding and caring for the crew – and he turns out to be quite an expert on babies!

  • How did you come up with your idea for the above story?

The Treasured by the Alien series is based on two main ideas. The first is that older women can also have fun, sexy adventures in space! The second is that family is where you find it – and that babies and children and crusty old cooks can all be part of your family.

For this particular story, I was interested in the idea of amnesia, and how much not remembering your past affects who you are as a person. Wendy’s lack of memory contrasts with Taranov, who remembers all too much.

  • What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?

Start at the beginning and write until I reached the end! More seriously, I do tend to start with the initial scene and let the story unfold from there. In this case, I started with a picture of Taranov finding the luxury space yacht “floating” in space. I knew that Wendy would not remember what had happened and that there was a baby on board.

  • How do you handle writers block?

I really dislike that term! Generally, if a story isn’t coming together for me, it needs some more time for my subconscious to work on it. In that case, I might try writing something else for a while. If that doesn’t work, I find that sitting down with a notebook and writing out questions to myself usually results in answers that lead me to the next part of the book.

  • Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?

Weather permitting, I love to sit in our hot tub and dictate. It’s quiet and private, and I find being surrounded by water very inspirational.

  • What is your writing snack?

When I’m really focused on a book, I don’t pay much attention to food. But, depending on the time of day, I usually have a cup of coffee or a glass of sparkling water close at hand. And maybe a glass of champagne in the evening!

  • What do you do when you’re not writing?

I love to read – of course! – but I also really enjoy cooking. My husband and I also love to travel. That’s been limited for the past few years, but we have a big trip planned for this summer and I can’t wait!

  • What is your favorite season and why?

Honestly, I enjoy all of them – although some of them for shorter periods than others! For example, I love to see it snow, but I’m glad I don’t live somewhere where it snows for six months out of the year. If I absolutely have to choose, I would go for fall in New England – warm days, cool nights, and amazing fall colors everywhere!

  • What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?

I love science fiction romance, which is why I write it. I love the exploration of new places and new ideas which is so intrinsic to science fiction, but I also really enjoy the exploration of character which is part of a good romance. For me, it’s the best of both worlds!

  • Do you have a writer’s mission statement? What is it?

I simply want readers to enjoy my books – to explore a new place with characters they can care about, and to close the book with a smile on their face.

  • What do you spend your music so you listen to when you write? How does it help to put you in the mood?

I prefer silence – if I have songs playing, I want to sing along. (And no one needs to hear that!)

APRIL QUESTION OF THE MONTH

What is your favorite silver lining moment? i.e., bad situation that turned out great.

I spent many years working for my previous company. I believed in the company and I enjoyed the people that I worked with. I was still working there when I began my writing journey and I didn’t mind juggling both jobs, even as my author career took off. But the company expanded and I no longer enjoyed my corporate job. I struggled with the decision for quite a while, but in the spring of 2021 my unhappiness finally pushed me into quitting.

The silver lining is that I am now a full-time author and I’ve never been happier!

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What To Do While Your Writing Goals Come True

Setting goals makes me feel better than a therapist and three bottles of antidepressants ever could. I mean literally and scientifically. Setting goals makes us feel positive about the future it’s important for our happiness.

Goals are a way we can turn our values and dreams into reality. Happiness doesn’t just happen it comes from thinking, planning, and pursuing things that are important to us. Research shows that setting goals can contribute to happiness in various ways

  • Being a source of interest, engagement, or pleasure
  • Giving us a sense of purpose
  • Bringing a sense of accomplishment

Goals help focus our attention.

Goals are most successful when they’re something we want to achieve and when we set for ourselves.

When I set goals, I allow myself to dream big. I visualize myself accomplishing my biggest dreams, and then I put my idea to work. So as I wait for the Big dream goals to come true here are some things you can do to make the time go by faster and keep yourself engaged in your dream.

  1. Make a plan with a clear sequence of steps. Writing goals do not come true overnight and will remain unfulfilled until you make a plan to fulfill that dream.
  2. Identify helpful resources and systems. One of the easiest ways to begin fulfilling your dream is finding reaching out to support systems and resources like professional organizations that you might consider of which you might consider becoming a member.
  3. Set a timeline to review your goals progress. There is no set-in-stone deadline for checking in with yourself or how you choose to check in. But I do suggest early and often rather than late and rarely that way you can make adjustments as needed. If you are writing a novel you may want to check your word count daily but editorial page count weekly. If your goal is to grow your blog you may want to check that quarterly.
  4. Establish a system of evaluation. You need a system to evaluate your self will you check in with a friend or mentor? Will you just look at your statistics and see where things are? Whichever you choose just remember celebrating with a friend makes the victory twice as sweet.
  5. Be active in the writing community. Being active in the writing community can mean any number of things. It should include belonging to one of any number of professional writing associations. It can also include attending write-ins and critique groups.
  6. Celebrate progress and accomplishments. Big dreams are made of small accomplishments and we need to celebrate those small victories when they happen. Otherwise, it could be a long slog to your dream.
  7. Reevaluate and set new writing goals. You can have more than one writing goal. While you wait to make the New York Times Best Seller List have another goal being published in the New Yorker.

So What’s your BIG Dream share it with us in the comment box below. Research shows that writing down your goals makes them 42% more likely to take hold and sharing them with others gives that an even greater boost. so imagine what would happen if we all just shared our big dreams today. If you like this content please consider joining my newsletter and receive a monthly newsletter with more of me and for a limited time a free novella.

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The Courage to Write

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It wasn’t until recently that I had enough courage to write. One day I woke up and said to myself I have wasted enough time if I don’t get started now, I might as well give it up. The fear of not writing became more important than the fear of writing. Yes, I was afraid of what people might say. People I didn’t know people I didn’t care about. I was afraid my feelings would get hurt. So, I didn’t write for all of my adult life because I didn’t want my feelings to get hurt. How stupid is that? I love writing. I prepared to be a writer. I took writing classes and Literature classes in college I was prepared to be a writer, I told people I was going to be a writer but I needed more courage than I could manage until recently and now I write daily with the point being to publish I don’t write for my edification, but to publish I feel like I’m making up for the lost time.

If you want to write I can only say to you the writing community is very supportive and your feelings will mend. Remember sticks and stones evaluate, make changes if you need to and let the rest run off your back like water off a duck. But after some research, I found seven things that might be helpful for you to try if you’re getting into writing and need courage. The information came from a book called The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes.

  1. Don’t worry about impure motives for producing your work.
  2. Identify your censor and chief and turn him or her off.
  3. If it’s personal, revealing, and makes you queasy to think about it on paper, then you might have something.
  4. Great writers—nearly all writers are fearful writers.
  5. Fear is good fuel for writing.
  6. Accept that the work will never be as good as you imagine it is before you start writing.
  7. Always have a project on deck.

These seven little aphorisms kept in mind remind me that enough writers are afraid of writing that someone sat down and enumerated the things that scare writers about writing and they went beyond getting their feelings hurt which means I’m not alone out there. Someone presumably Ralph is sitting alongside me scared sockless when they hit the publish button.

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What’s Next

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It’s the end of August and pumpkin everything is out I can’t wait for cooler weather, and Christmas will be here before you know it. So, the question is what did I do in August and What Am I going to do in September.

The month of August has been busy for me. On a personal note, I am taking some adult education classes to help me in my writing and publishing career. These classes are online and offered through my Library they’re wonderful remedial, but good. I am specifically taking Romance Writing, Self Publishing, and Speed Reading. All three classes are great.

In August, I discovered that there has been another romance novel with the same nameas “Lucy’s Choice” published recently. So, I have decided to change the name of my novel and will keep it a secret till I do the cover reveal. I had been working on a stand-alone novel about a Jewel thief, and a cop who falls in love with her. That project is about finished, and you can read it for free if you sign up for my newsletter. I’ve started a seven-book Cowboy Romance Series. The series is called the Thomson Family Ranch. It’s about a large family that lives in Colorado and each book tells the story of one of the children falling in love.

The first story is about Lisa who is new in town, and the kindergarten teacher to Chloe Joseph Thomson’s daughter. Joseph (a widower) and Lisa meet under not-so-friendly terms, but grow to respect each other’s strengths and then fall in love overcoming obstacles some of their own makings. Joseph drinks with the town crazy woman, and turns her down for sex hurts her feelings the woman scorned vows revenge.

Also, in August I completed the developmental edits on the novel that shall for a little while longer remain nameless. And sent it off to be copy-edited It will be back tomorrow for me to work on.

September is a busy month I need to finish the book I’m working on. I need to write about 23, 668 words minimum before I can say finished. Then I can go back and do edits on the nameless novel, so in October it can be proofread. For all the novels I work on I have great Spotify playlists. I want to learn how to share those files. I want to hire someone to design the inside of my book and format it and get it ready for publication on Amazon, IngrahmSparks, and Smash Words. I need to come with a marketing plan for my novels. Something that is not going to make me feel slimy. Like I said September is going to be a busy thinking month.

Some general things that I know are coming down the pike. I will be doing a redesign of the website in January that’ll be fun. Who knows it could mean that the blog will look different also I’m not sure yet. Maybe more visual. In the middle of September I add four more adult ed classes Keys to Effective Editing, Write Fiction Like a Pro, Grammar Refresher, and Writing Essentials. My other three classes aren’t over until October so It’ll be scary for a couple of weeks.

There is also the Wine Country Writers Festival that I will be attending virtually it’s a free writers conference and I am excited about it. September 24th and 25th. I encourage you to check it out invest in your writing selves.

That’s everything for now. That’s enough I think. I’ll be busy writing keeping myself out of harm’s way.

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Ten Signs Writing is Your Vocation

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Writing is a sacred calling that pulls at your soul. Writing is a way of life. Isac Asimov said that writing was simply thinking through his fingers. Writing it pulls at me in the morning. It whispers my name long before the first light. It is in these hours that I know my vocation is to be a writer. Not a suffering writer but a joyful writer thankful that I have found a vocation in my life before I was too old to do anything about it. How do you know if you have the vocation check these out and see how many of them fit you.

  1. Daydreamers, writers are often daydreamers on an epic scale. It’s that exercise of the imagination that is important. So do you daydream?
  2. Was writing a childhood passion? Many times writers began their writing careers as children. I began my writing career by dictating my story to my aunt who wrote the story down for me I then illustrated it and we glued it together with flour and water paste. I was 4.
  3. Reading is a forever hobby. I’m a reader. I read as much as my eyes will let me and then I listen to audiobooks. Reading is a way to learn new words and see how someone else puts them together. It gives you a chance to stretch your imagination.
  4. No writing glory no problem. If this is your vocation you aren’t in it for the money, or the fame, or the accolades. You do it because you have to write. Why do you write?
  5. Can you not stop writing once you start, or if you can’t stop writing journals because you have too many to choose from. You finish one journal and you get another one right away, so you don’t skip a day?
  6. Do you have a story you can’t help but tell and you have ten stories to tell writing may be your vocation?
  7. Do you believe Virginia Woolf when she said you need five hundred dollars and a room of your own to write so you’ve been making your own writing space since you were seven and now you’re twenty-five and you have a good job that lets you write after work regularly? You’ve planned your life around your writing.
  8. Do you hear a word and can figure out the meaning from the context, but you want to know the exact meaning, and if you find the exact right word to use while your writing you consider that a good day. Then you might have writing as your sacred calling?
  9. Do you enjoy a good game of Monopoly, but go gaga over a game of Scrabble?
  10. Do you make time for writing even with a hectic schedule, and when you write do you lose track of time?

These are the signs that make you a kindred spirit with Jane Austin, Shakspeare, and Stephen King. The answer yes to these questions means that you have a vocation as a writer. God bless you it means that you are willing to make sacrifices to write. To write poems, and short stories, screenplays, and novels you are a writer you write blogs and you write magazine articles. You write in journals and notebooks and on the backs of napkins. Congratulations you are among the rare who don’t write for the adulation but write for the joy of it.

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