July 26 2016 Romance Weekly

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#LoveChatWrite

Welcome back for another week of Romance Weekly, the Tuesday blog hop where your favorite authors tell all ... about their writing, of course!

We can start off the hop with my post, and at the beginning and end of the entry will be a link to visit the the next author participating in the hop. Hope you learn some juicy secrets. 

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This week's topic is from the wonderful Leslie Hachtel. She knows a writer who sets her writing-time mood with candles and music that suit her characters. Do you do anything special to put you in the right frame of mind to sit down and create?

Marc Stevens is before me in the hop. Find out how he answered Leslie's question when you are finished here. 

Here's my take on the question:

For a romance author, my mood lighting is unromantic, but my ritual keeps me writing and focused. When I need to set the atmosphere, I open my writing notebook and any notes I have on where I've left off in my current work in progress.

I used to light scented candles and took the time to enjoy a good cup of coffee, perhaps sneak in a little meditation time. I still do these activities especially if I have extra time, but those rituals were really becoming a distraction. I'd sit with my coffee and candle scents and get so relaxed time would slip by and before I knew it I had some other tasks that needed to be done. There my work in progress would sit ‘un-worked’ on.

Now, my writing office is filled with the scent of cherry wood from the new writing table my husband made for me. Coffee is a good friend in the morning to help wake me up as well as meditation which I’m trying to do more often. But, I don't need those items before getting started. If my start time is 10 PM, I don't want coffee unless I intend to pull an all-nighter.

So, I've trained myself that when the notebook is open and the pen is in my hand it's time to get busy. It's good for me to have this ritual. I don’t have to rely on mood to help my characters talk to me or vice versa.

I don't always maintain such dedication. Distractions abound everywhere, but it helps set the mood by re-reading notes or the last piece I wrote starring my current characters. 

I can't wait to find out what the other authors of Romance Weekly do to set the mood for their writing. Read on to find out more from author, Brenda Margriet. 

See you next week!!

September 01 2015 Romance Weekly

#LoveChatWrite

#LoveChatWrite

Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn't you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all..... About our writing of course! Every week we'll answer questions and after you've enjoyed the blog on this site we'll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

If you are coming from Collette Cameron’s blog, thanks for hopping on over. 

This week Jeanne McDonald wants to know: What is one of your favorite quotes from your book(s). Explain the reason why & its significance to the story & characters. 

Quote from my short story Love’s Light, Anthology The Hope Chest coming out October 21, 2015.

Little background to help with the context of the quote: 

Senza is on the phone with her ex-boyfriend, Trevor, who left her four years ago. She thinks Trevor left her because of her psychic / telekinetic power. In the call she just learned that her Aunt has died. 

The room spun. Spots floated around her eyes, dimmed and turned black. The office lights flickered, and the vibration in her body became an audible hum. Trevor droned in her ear. Senza closed her eyes and put her forehead against the desk wall. It’s too much. I can’t hold the power back. Her filing cabinet drawer rumbled open. The chair jumped away from her. A mini earthquake shook her cubicle.
“Senza, baby. Stay with me. I need you.”
Those words brought her back. A cascade of color burst behind her eyelids. Had Trevor ever admitted he needed her? The sunlight in the room faded as a cloud passed overhead and darkened the entire office floor. The darkness had become her friend and safety net for the last four years. Yet, Senza braved the light and would give anything in this moment to have Trevor’s arms hold her tight.

This is one of my favorite quotes of the short story. Senza is facing the fear she had all of her life, the fear of being unable to control her power. The emotional trauma she is experiencing puts her into this black pit of despair and she thinks she won’t recover from this loss. Her power comes out in the form of light and in this passage she faces her fear and her light. Trevor admitting that he needs her allows her to find the inner strength to manipulate her power into at least a temporary control and gives Senza her confidence back. Trevor’s need of her, his love, is worth fighting the battle she has struggled with her entire life. 

Let’s find out author, Brenda Margriet’s, favorite quote. See you next week.

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July 21 2015 Romance Weekly

#LoveChatWrite

#LoveChatWrite

Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn't you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all..... About our writing of course! Every week we'll answer questions and after you've enjoyed the blog on this site we'll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

Welcome Back this week. Hope your summer is going fabulously!  

Make sure to stop by fellow Romance Weekly Writer Tracey Gee's blog, LOVExtra, after you have checked out mine. 

I came up with the blog hop topic this week. Summer is in full swing and I'd like to know: 1) Your favorite summer memory 2) What you enjoy the most about summer and 3) How the warm days and sunshine affect your writing habits. 

Here are my thoughts... 

#1 My favorite summer memory. 

My childhood was spent on a farm and one of the pastures had a creek running through it. I loved walking there with friends or family, sometimes just me and my dogs splashing in the water. I would collect pretty river rocks. I would hunt for just the perfect one among all the smooth shiny surfaces. I don't remember the summers on the farm ever getting too hot, but the breeze along the creek was always soothing and the water cool. 

#2 What do I enjoy the most about summer?

I like the laziness of summer. The days are long and there is not as much hustle and bustle going on unless I go looking for it. This probably goes back to my summer vacations as a child. Those were the days were I could have fun and go without a schedule and not have to have something due. I could explore and learn stuff I wanted to learn on my own time. I think I still have this philosophy about summer despite always having a schedule now, unless it's a vacation away from home. There is just something about the warm days that makes it feel so easy going.

#3 How do the warm days and sunshine affect my writing habits?

Sometimes the summer days can be very distracting for my writing. I don't necessarily want to work on my writing when I get home from the day job because the sun is out and the weather is spectacular. I want to go do something fun with the family or take a walk. Because the days are long, it's difficult to sit in front of the computer all day and into the evening when it feels like I should be enjoying the season. I probably write less in the summer than I do in the fall or winter, but I'm found the trick is to make time for both. I have a goal for what I can get done and I'll give myself a time to do it. For instance, I'll decide to take a walk after work then around 9 or 10 pm I'll sit down and work on my writing for an hour. It's interesting when I ready over my rough drafts they usually take place during the cold months of the year. I need to write more new stuff in the summer to change it up. 

Now I'm curious how author, Brenda Margriet, is taking in the summer months. 

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the blog hop and see you next week!