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Genre and tropes as tools, not props

Filed in Writing Life by on May 22, 2014 0 Comments • views: 3363
Genre and tropes as tools, not props

Savvy readers have already noticed that my vampire covers are unusual for paranormal romance, which is usually nekkid men. They are also unusual for urban fantasy (which my writing firmly straddles, the elements increasing as Cora goes deeper into Dorian’s world), which is usually the back of women holding weapons. I did this consciously, even […]

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Interviewing Viola Rivard

Filed in Writing Life by on April 25, 2014 1 Comment • views: 5197
Interviewing Viola Rivard

Today, just to mix things up, I’m interviewing Viola Rivard, Amazon bestselling author of the Claimed series, paranormal werewolf ménage romances.  You can check out her books here or visit her blog.   You write full time now.  What were you doing before that? I worked in a call center for a company that handles installment plans for […]

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Cora Finds her Strength

Filed in Writing Life by on April 22, 2014 0 Comments • views: 2962
Cora Finds her Strength

One of the thorniest problems with vampire romances is that there’s such a big difference in power between the vampire (almost always male) and the human (female, of course).  This means that, in most stories, the woman has no real agency to affect change in the novel except in relation to the vampire hero.  So her role […]

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Gotta serve the story!

Filed in Writing Life by on April 17, 2014 0 Comments • views: 2906
Gotta serve the story!

I’m doing something a bit dangerous with my story-arc. I’m sometimes including the dreaded CLIFFHANGER. Some people hate cliffhangers with an undying fury. So for them, I offer a way to resolve the cliffhanger—ALWAYS. There will always be a way to get the next chapter of the next book—even from one story arc to the […]

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Who (else) am I?

Filed in Writing Life by on April 14, 2014 0 Comments • views: 2711
Who (else) am I?

I’ve been asked if I’d share the old name under which I used to write. And while I understand why readers would like to find these books, I have refuse for now. First, readers who like my old books are very likely to like my new ones—but the reverse isn’t true. I don’t want people […]

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My day was made….

Filed in Writing Life by on April 10, 2014 2 Comments • views: 3292
My day was made….

I stopped writing under my traditionally published name almost exactly six years ago. Today, out of the blue, I got the sweetest, most enthusiastic email about a book that hit shelves…oh, eight years ago now. I thought it would be contact form spam, but nope, it was fan mail. It was a book I had […]

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The curse reversed!

Filed in Writing Life by on April 8, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1300
The curse reversed!

When I had a publisher, I was constantly frustrated because I couldn’t get anything like full time work. It took me approximately 400 hours to write my first published book, and that gradually reduced to about 200-300 hours. A full time job is 2000 hours per year, or 5 to 10 full-length books per year […]

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What’s coming up?

Filed in Writing Life by on April 6, 2014 0 Comments • views: 2474
What’s coming up?

It turns out that the Cora’s Choice story arc is going to take a solid 6 novellas.  I haven’t firmed up the names of all of them, but for now, I’m committed to this publication schedule: Life Blood (Cora’s Choice 1) – March (already out) Blood Born (Cora’s Choice 2) – April 15 Bad Blood […]

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Writing Schedules

Filed in Writing Life by on April 4, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1385
Writing Schedules

There are as many different writing schedules as there are writers.  I’ve got kids that I homeschool, so mine’s a little more intense than most. I work seven days a week except on special occasions.  During the week, I get the kids up at 10am and go back to bed until noon.  My oldest feeds […]

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My biggest fear

Filed in Writing Life by on April 2, 2014 1 Comment • views: 1740
My biggest fear

Ready to hear a confession?  My biggest fear as a writer isn’t that someone will hate my book.  It’s that they’ll be bored from it.  That they’ll find that it drags or that they lose interest partway through. That’s one of the reasons I try to keep my writing so tight.  I try to keep […]

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Some things just don’t work in ebooks

Filed in Writing Life by on March 31, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1209
Some things just don’t work in ebooks

You’d think that the ebook and the print book writing experience would be entirely the same.  But it’s not. Less text fits on the average screen than on the average printed book for a number of reasons.  Given the choice, most people like large print.  (I am apparently a freak!)  There is greater spacing between […]

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Here’s a secret for you:

Filed in Writing Life by on March 28, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1191
Here’s a secret for you:

I have no natural talent for scene breaks and chapter ends.  Naturally, they’re really, really awful. When I started writing, every chapter ended with sleep, and every chapter began with waking up! This comes as a surprise to a lot of people because many think that’s one of my strengths.  But I have zero natural […]

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