August 2 2016 Romance Weekly

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Welcome back to Romance Weekly blog hop. Today A.S. Fenichel wants us to choose one of our books and tell you where the idea came from and how it evolved into a full story.  I'll share a snippet, too! 

Marc Stevens is before me in today's hop. Make sure to check out his post. 

Circle of Lies by Fiona Riplee

Circle of Lies by Fiona Riplee

I choose my first release, Circle of Lies.  

The idea for this story came to me as I was working through another story I was writing. I wanted to write a Sci Fi Romance that was set in a contemporary setting. The story I was working on wasn't futuristic or set in outer space and I liked the feel of that. The story was actually more paranormal because one of the characters had psychic power and could control people with his mind.  

I started with a love triangle that involved two brothers, Jamie and Sean, who liked the same girl, Luna, and I was struggling with why Jamie and Sean had such anger toward one another. Sean had the psychic power. Jamie appeared as human as you or I. In my frustration, I created their backstory to help me figure out their relationship. While working on the details, I discovered Jamie and Sean had the same father, Raz, but different mothers. 

For some reason this really bothered me and I kept wondering what had happened to these characters' parents. Had the Raz had his own love triangle and how did this fit into the science fiction world I wanted to create, which was in the very beginning stages back then. The story still had more of a paranormal feel and I wanted to go more Sci Fi. So, I made Raz an alien and Sean's mother, Paris, was part alien. This shed light on why Sean was psychic. Jamie's mother, Sandra, was human and a scientist who had a part in the discovery of some life saving medicines for aliens. 

I kept asking myself questions about the brothers. Why did Jamie do this? Why did Sean choose to do that when so much love had been in his childhood? But the more questions I asked about Jamie and Sean the more answers pushed me toward asking questions about their parents. How did this alien versus non-alien parentage shape the brothers' feelings about the world. What had happened to their parents before this point in the brothers' lives. 

So to make this long story short, I became obsessed with what happened to the parents. What sorts of obstacles and conflicts had they had in life? 

Circle of Lies is what came out of all those questions along with a series premise, Alien Prophecies. 

I learned a lot about the 'past' in the world I wanted to create which I then realized was the contemporary setting and the rest of the series will start to fall into a near future setting. It will still feel like it takes place today, but with more tech or alien wizardry (at least to humans).  

I hope to get back to Jamie's and Sean's stories some day, but I'm giving them some time to grow up.  

 Click Here for an excerpt of Circle of Lies. 

Veronica Forand in up next. Let's find out which book she's blogging about today!

July 29 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. Make sure to check out Carrie Elks after reading the post. I know the participating authors this week are going to have some awesome blog posts. 

This week's topic comes from Tracey Gee and it is deep stuff. I almost backed out because it is so terrifying, but I didn't. 

So Tracey's topic is: As we all know, authors put real people and situations into their books. Let's look at the times we've pushed through the pain by putting bad experiences or relationships into our works whether for therapy, or just as a way to close the door. 

I think this post is difficult only because it really makes one examine their life and not necessarily the good parts, but the bad ones. The days that were filled with sorrow or worry or hurting.  

Writing is an expression of the author. It can be fluff or surface writing - something that doesn't really mean much like a cute story or a fun poem. There's nothing wrong with this type of writing and as I examined the question posed I thought that's also a way for an author to work through an emotional trauma - by avoiding it in this way. (Or it's also just plain fun. I mean I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't find it enjoyable.)

Sometimes writing is painful. Other times writing is cathartic and healing. 

I'm not sure if others who don't write on a frequent basis or at all can understand the need to get out emotions down on the page or how writing about it can heal.

I don't know either. I just know it does. 

So, how have I pushed through the pain in my life with my sword called a pen or keyboard?

I think the first time I realized the power of writing and what it could do was during a college freshman english writing assignment. I'm not really sure the exact topic of the paper we were to write. It had to be about someone in our lives written in a personal essay. I chose to write about my brother. He built me a bike from scraps and taught me to ride it. He had died in a car accident about a month before his seventeenth birthday. I was about two months away from my seventh birthday. The images and memories I had of my brother at the time of the college paper were bittersweet. I hadn't realized until writing about him how much I missed him all those years or how cheated I felt for getting less than seven to spend with him. I think until that moment in college where I forced myself to face the agony of my loss I didn't have a concept of what love he gave to me - my big brother. The agony was too much for a six year old to handle, but maybe I could face it at nineteen? I'm not sure.  

Years later, I also turned to writing to work though fertility issues when my husband and I tried for five long years to have a child. It doesn't matter what the doctors say or the advances in medical science, when you can't get pregnant when you want to (especially after years of preventing pregnancy) there are emotions that cannot be explained or expressed in a rational form. This all came out in my fiction writing. Sandra's longing in Circle of Lies for a child was a result of our struggle. When it finally happened for me - she also experienced the same joy I did. At first I thought to have Sandra become upset and worried that she was pregnant because of the plot of the story, but I couldn't. I couldn't make her sad about it. She was bursting with happiness (me too)!

When my baby came early I couldn't write about my fears and terrors. It was too raw, too overwhelming. After my almost two week hospital stay before his birthday, after 66 days in the NICU, we got to bring him home. This was an entirely different terror mixed with unspeakable joy and excitement. 

I don't write a lot about those early days in the hospital or the few months after. My boy is 21 months old and healthy and happy. Maybe a future character will help me look back on that time with different eyes. Right now I'm okay with that blank page in that regard. I'm filling in Sandra's story with the exhilarating experience of becoming a mother. It's been a dream of hers you know.   

Thanks for reading this week. I'm curious what author, Betty Bolte, has posted to the blog hop today.  See ya soon.

May 12 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.

So glad you have joined us this week. The authors of Romance Weekly are to conduct a character interview of our choosing today. How exciting! Xio Axelrod, author of The Calum, is before me in today's hop. She created today's great interview questions.

Circle of Lies

Circle of Lies

Circle of Fantasies

Circle of Fantasies

I'm interviewing Cameron Mason. He volunteered and really wouldn't stop bothering me until I sat down and started asking questions. Cameron is a part of my Sixxer world and so far makes his appearance in Circle of Lies and Circle of Fantasies. He is the leader of the M83 team, Omega, which is a Sixxer military group fighting against the human military, Chasers. This isn't Cameron's first rodeo but of course he really didn't want to talk shop and he loved the interview questions. 

Here's what I envision Cameron to look like, a blonder version of Jensen Ackles. While Cameron doesn't have his own story right now, I know there is one percolating in the back of my mind. One day he'll just start talking and never shut up until his story is finished. 

Left Image from   http://fashions-cloud.com/pages/j/jensen-ackles-2014-wallpaper/

Left Image from http://fashions-cloud.com/pages/j/jensen-ackles-2014-wallpaper/

Middle Image from     http://lisapietsch.com/2015/01/hot-guys-in-sweaters-jensen-ackles/

Middle Image from http://lisapietsch.com/2015/01/hot-guys-in-sweaters-jensen-ackles/

Right Image   from http://www.polyvore.com/jensen_ackles/collection?id=2946437

Right Image from http://www.polyvore.com/jensen_ackles/collection?id=2946437

 

On to the interview... 

Fiona: What’s your favorite word? 

Cameron:

I love words. You want me to pick just one? Don't know if I can. Let's see... I'd have to go with bibliomania. I mean you can't go wrong with a word that has mania tacked on the end of it. This is a secret I keep close, but I own a Kindle. 

Fiona: What is your fondest childhood memory?

Cameron:

Fishing with my Granddad. We'd go down to the lake behind his cabin and sit for hours, start before sunrise. Sometimes we'd talk about what was going on in our lives. For me, there wan't much to talk about, but I was a motor mouth. I mean I was a kid. He would listen and answer my questions with extreme care. A lot of the time we sat in quiet with only the sounds of the lake and trees. My grandfather was a man of few words so when he did share some "old man" wisdom (Cameron laughs at this) I listened. We'd have enough fish at mid-day to take home and my Mom would fry them up and we'd have the best lunch. By the end of summer, I was sick and tired of fish. I miss those days and him. 

Fiona: What one thing in your past do you wish you could do differently?

Cameron:

I think I would have gone to college instead of going into the military. I mean this is hypothetical, right? Because I love my work in M83 and helping Sixxers has become my life's mission, but I would have liked to study art history and taken some creative writing classes. Mom said I always had an active imagination and would indulge my storytelling as a kid. I would have liked being able to do more with that. But honestly, I still do write an occasional yarn - as my granddad would've called it - and I have perfected the cover I created for those emails and messages I send to my mother. If I told her in real life I help aliens in trouble, she'd have me committed. 

Fiona: Vanilla or Chocolate? 

Cameron:

Vanilla. It's a classic that never gets old and goes with anything. Or... both depending on my mood (He give me a mischievous grin). 

Fiona: If you could have lunch with one famous person (alive or not) who would it be and why?

Cameron:

You might think it would be some literary type since I wanted to go to college but I'd loved to have lunch with Carl Sagan. I'd like to know his thoughts on alien life and compare it to the reality that's going on right now. Would Sagan have imagined the changes that would happen to humans after decades of Sixxer and Nexus influences? If he were alive to discuss the Nexus and how Sixxers are able to tap into it - that would be an awesome lunch conversation. And I like to see if he would order a cheeseburger and cheesecake for dessert.

Cameron is a junk food-a-holic. There you have it. A little bit of the psyche that's Cameron Mason.  

Hop on over to Elizabeth Janette's blog, author of Redemption for Liars, to find out which of her character's agreed (or volunteered) to the interview. 

See you next week!