October 6 2015 Romance Weekly

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The Girl He Knows

The Girl He Knows

Welcome back to the Romance Weekly Blog hop.  This week's questions are presented by Kristi Rose, author of The Girl He Knows: "What would you do" questions pick your favorite (s).  

 

 

 

Captivated

Captivated

 

 

 

Hope you've been enjoying the hop today. Make sure to check out Susan Scott Shelley's post when you are done here. 

 

I answered all of Kristi's questions just because they were fun.

1.              Describe your life in 20 words or less

A silly home filled with wagging tails, bossy toddlers, and one amusing hubby giving me ideas for creating alien worlds.

2.              If your life was like Seinfeld, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Golden girls. What character would you be?

I went with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. At first I would say that I was like the character Willow. She’s the quiet and shy bookworm who likes nature and is generally a nice person. She lets her outgoing friend (Buffy) shine while she waits in the wings.

Then I’m like who am I kidding? I’m really more like Darla, Angel’s sire. The sweet unassuming nice girl on the outside, but an evil vampire inside just waiting for the right moment to strike! Watch out! (She’s really one scary vampire IMHO and I like that about her.)

Perhaps I’m a little bit of both characters. I did like the amount of power and control Darla had. Of course, when you’re a vampire and can do just about anything you want.

3.              Who would win a fight between Chuck Norris and MacGyver?

MacGyver would win. The man is a Vietnam Vet, a bomb expert, a scientist, and has a Swiss army knife. Come on … it’s no contest. Poor Chuck. :)

4.              Would you rather be bald or have a huge mullet for the rest of your life?

Bald. A mullet of any sort has too much of a bad rap. If I were bald, I could wear all different sorts of wigs or head scarves. I love scarves. Oh, I could get my bald head tattooed. That'd be cool. Maybe people would think I was a badass? LOL

Onto the next blog. I'm curious to find out how Tracey Gee / Lovextra has answered this week's questions!! 

See you next week.

July 29 2015 Romance Weekly

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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.

July 21 2015 Romance Weekly

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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!