January 19 2016 Romance Weekly

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#LoveChatWrite

Welcome back to Romance Weekly and let me say Happy New Year since this is my first blog for 2016. Romance Writers Weekly has a weekly blog hop where we share information about the authors in the group and ask each other interesting questions. We link from one blog to the next so you can keep reading about our authors!

 

Before me in the hop today is the lovely Gemma Brocato, contemporary romance writer. I’m curious about what keeps her inspired and motivated to write. Check out her blog here.

J.J. Devine, author of The Cheyenne Bride, wants to know what inspires us and what motivates us to write.

 

I will say that I must have the winter blues, or the going-back-to-work blues after-the-happy-times-from-the-holidays because I haven’t had a lot of motivation for the month of January. I’ve been neck deep in edits and would really love to find some inspiration to start something new and fresh, BUT I know I have to get these edits finished! So I really had to think about today’s topic. I decided to break it down into 10 things that I hope will break me out of my funk. 

 

5 things that inspire me

1.     Making a goals list. It sounds boring and it can be, but if I’m setting monthly and yearly goals for both my personal life and writing life that can get the juices flowing. I’ll want to check those goals off. Usually the ideas start to pop up after that. The more personal goals I check off - the more writing time I’ll know I’ll have.

2.     Being around supportive writers!

3.     Music is inspiring. I figure out what the lyrics mean to me and apply them to an idea I have. Songs can become a backdrop for a character or an entire world for several characters. 

4.     Nature. It’s more challenging to get outside in the winter, but if the weather cooperates and I get some fresh air, I can find some inspiration in the beauty of nature.  

5.     Reading. Romance novels get me inspired because I want to be able to create something similar that will resonate with readers, but poetry and non-fiction also inspire me. A lot of time reading non-romance can inspire me more either because I want to change it into a romance or it just speaks to me and my ruminations about it create ideas.

 

5 things that get me motivated to write

1.     Reading also gets me motivated to write. Romance novels contain the inspiration and with that comes my urge to get busy and write my own romance.

2.     Movies and TV shows. I love the visuals that cinema and television give me. When I take a break and get immersed into a series (Netflix marathons!) then a lot of ideas come to me and the motivation to get them written down.

3.     Getting out of the house and experiencing something new. I went to a birthday party at Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline center. I was out of my element, but there were some ideas that came to me. What if a single Mom brought her child for personal instruction and a romance developed with the trainer? What if at the birthday party two former high school sweethearts were mutual friends with the birthday boy’s parents? 

4.     It hasn’t happened a lot in the past few months, probably because of the busy holiday months and the letdown of January, but waking up from a crazy dream can give me the motivation to immediately park my body in front of the computer and write all day.

5.     The feeling of accomplishment and the unique part of working on something creative just provides me with a satisfaction that’s enough to motivate me to get to my writing desk. Also, that’s probably why I get grouchy went I haven’t been at my writing desk in a few days. J

 

What a way for me to kick off my blogging year by thinking about what inspires & motivates me. Now, it’s time to put these lists to good use.

Hop on over to author Jenna Da Sie to find out what keeps her writing!

See you next week!

 

September 08 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 to Romance Weekly. Eden Ashe is on the hop today. Make sure to check out her blog post later on.

Susan Scott Shelley asks, given the choice of any author in the world (living or deceased), whom would you want as a dinner guest? 

I would love to have dinner with L. M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery. Anne of Green Gables was an all time favorite when I was a kid. I probably have more reliable memories of the movie than the books. I watched them every chance I could get. I probably watched the movies thousands of times. 

Given that L.M. Montgomery is a Canadian author, and I am from the US I was met with a lot of blank stares from friends and family alike when I would go on and on about this author and the movies that were made, about how funny and sweet and just scrumptious Anne with an e’s story was. 

I’d love to ask the author if she wrote Anne based on some of her experiences as a teacher. There were some pretty hilarious scenes and perhaps some revenge scenes against mean girls. I always wondered if any of them were based on a real person. 

I’d also just love to find out what the author was like. What it was like to live when she did and how difficult it was for her to become a writer during that time in history.  

Yes, it would be a very nice dinner. 

I’m going to dig out my old copy of Anne of Green Gables. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I’m curious who J.J. Devine is having for dinner. Hop on over and find out. 

See you next week!

Picture credits, L. M. Montgomery: http://pe2.samondeo.com/lucy-maud-montgomery.php, Anne of Green Gables: http://www.amazon.com/Anne-Green-Gables-Complete-8-Book/dp/0553609416/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1441679210&sr=8-4&keywords=anne+of+green+gables&pebp=1441679229861&perid=121HP00Q7KPKRGYCFA29

July 14 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.

Carrie Elks  Broken Chords

Carrie Elks Broken Chords

Welcome back. Our hop is a lot of fun today. Make sure to check out Carrie Elks, author of Broken Chords.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fellow Romance Weekly author, Susan Scott Shelley (author of Rekindled) wants to know our player's (hero's) walk-up song (aka Entrance theme). 

Unfortunately, I don't have any theme songs for my characters. My mind has been so overly cluttered with stuff to do these days most of the time there are no songs that pop into my head, except maybe:  

The itsy bits spider climbed up the water spout, down came the rain.... 

Okay. I'll be singing that later. :)

Or a random tune from a Ford Raptor toy my toddler has decided to just keep his finger on the button for the past 1/2 hour while he smiles and dances. It's equally adorable and annoying! 

Devil or Angel?

Devil or Angel?

But there is hope for this post still. I did have an idea for a story line that came from a song I enjoyed when I was actually working out on a consistent basis. This was a long time ago, but I have gotten back into working out (slowly) so maybe I'll be getting more ideas from music in the future. **crosses fingers**

The song is  "E.T." by Katy Perry.  

He gives Amber chills.

He gives Amber chills.

I heard this while working out. I had been working on a manuscript with my alien (a.k.a. Sixxers) soldier team and when this song played in my headphones I immediately imaged one of the soldiers, Amber hearing this song and feeling equal parts fear and hope. Now, Amber is a tough as nails soldier and she's not afraid of anything, except the Sixxer who betrayed her. The lyrics of the song "Could you be the devil? Could you be an angel?" fit this Sixxer to a T, and the extraterrestrial theme fit my concept, too. So, I guess this is his theme song if Amber had a say in the decision. She hasn't told me his name, yet. I'm upset about that.

Now, that this idea has been brought to the front of my mind again, I really really want to start writing Amber's story. I'm going to have to do something about this problem. 

 

 

J.J. Devine,  Into the Darkness

J.J. Devine, Into the Darkness

I wonder what song J.J. Devine, author of Into the Darkness, picked this week? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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