November 11 2014 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.

Another week gone. Thanks for stopping by. If you haven't already checked out Kim Handysides blog post this week I highly recommend it. 

Our questions this week come from the talented author, Eden Ashe. Her dragons will melt your heart and fire your blood at the same time!  

Let's get started...

How much free reign do you give your characters during a story?

Mom! Make him stop.

Mom! Make him stop.

 

They have no reigns. They do whatever the hell they want to. They are a lot like children and pets. Sometimes I have ideas for what they should be doing but as a story progresses the characters will usually change it. My plot summaries are more like suggestions for my characters.

 

Have your characters ever done something so out of the blue that not only changed your story but changed the tone and maybe even the genre you were originally going for? 

So far I haven’t experienced this. My characters do change the direction of my plot frequently but nothing drastically and especially not toward a different genre. I think it would be something very cool but at the same time very anxiety producing. I’m positive this will happen to me eventually since my characters don’t like to listen when I tell them what to do and how it should happen. 

Do you have one character in your head that is sort of boss over all the rest? Or do you decide who to work on and when? 

You're not the boss of me!

You're not the boss of me!

I interpreted this question as: do I allow one character tell me what to do? No. I don’t. Usually each character speaks for themselves. (Yes. I know this sounds crazy but they are speaking in my head. I don’t believe I’m crazy but I’ve never been tested either!) That’s not to say some of my characters aren’t loud and annoying in my mind. Sometimes while working on one project a character can get mouthy and demand page time and word count. I do my best to put those characters on the back burner by writing down quick ideas or summaries and then go back to what I’m currently working on. Like most writers (if not all) I always have a work in progress but I’ve tried to train myself to finish what I’ve started or they will never become a completed manuscript.

Hop on over to my good friend's blog, LaNora Mangano, to find out how her characters behave! See you next week.

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June 10 2014 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.

Thanks for joining me on this week's Romance Weekly blog hop. If I'm your first stop make sure to visit Kate Robbins to discover what type of hero she likes. Today's questions are from the amazing Kim Handysides. Thanks Kim! 

And Fiona's Answers are...

1. What’s your ideal: alpha or beta and why?

My ideal is probably beta because I like to cheer for the underdog. Betas are usually the nice guy who is getting screwed over and knows it. I like to read about this type of hero because he might not have all the power in the novel but he is going to use what is available to him to save the day and get the girl in the end. This also goes for a heroine as well. She can be the girl next door but she uses what’s available to her to save the town and get the man of her dreams.

What is more important to me is how the heroine would respond to an alpha or beta hero. There are alphas who immediately come across as jerks on first meet and I can be okay with that as long as they realize the error of their ways and quickly change usually because the heroine doesn’t take any crap from him. Same if the heroine is the alpha and the hero is the beta I hope the hero doesn’t take any crap from her either. 

 

2. Do you have a male buddy or mate you use for confirmation or inspiration when crafting your heroes?

I do run certain scenarios and dialogue passages by my hubby because he would be the first to tell me men would not act in the way I have written. The tricky part about writing a romance is wanting it to have this realistic feel but in reality there are several men who would never say or do things that are depicted in a romance novel, unless asked or threatened by their significant other. 

 

3. What does any hero have to do to win your heart?

A hero wins my heart when he accepts the heroine for who she is and declares this to the world. It’s a little thing I know. :) Or he saves the dog or kitten or small child in danger or does the right thing when everyone and everything is pressuring him to do the opposite despite him being a rogue, a vampire, a werewolf, or subject to his boss’s wrath.

Wow! Those questions were tough for me this week. Be sure to join in next week for more insights into this author's head!

Continue on today and find out what my good friend, LaNora Mangano, has to say on this topic. Does she like alpha or beta?

May 20 2014 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.

Thanks for joining from LaNora Mangano's wonderful blog page.

I hope you discover something new about me and my writing. Enjoy!

1. If someone could observe you writing without you knowing they were there, what strange practices might they catch you doing?

Currently, there are a few strange practices that I do while writing. This year I am in limbo with my writing space because the office is getting redone in my house. I took over the kitchen table until the office is ready for me to write in again. The kitchen is converted into a temporary (official) writing desk I have the whole set up in the kitchen, which includes an empty priority mail box under the table that is now the official foot stool. My hubby laughs when he sees me use it but it makes it much more comfortable. 

The other practice someone would find strange: when I figure out a plot point or something comes together I’ve been having problems with I’ll jump out of my chair and run around the house and basically shout for joy. If someone didn’t know what I was doing they would find it weird or maybe call 911. 

 

2. Other than a creative outlet, how does writing benefit you?

Writing can be an emotional release for me. There are always going to be both good days and bad and if I can write about each experience I can work through the bad and remember the good. Writing can help me deal with stressful events. Writing fiction provides an outlet and a means for me to be able to create the world as I would like it and get all of the feelings out so I don’t have to carry them around with me, especially the bad. In a novel, good guys versus bad guys can really come in handy when I want to exact revenge on someone but can’t do it in real life.  

 

3. How do you feed your muse?

With chocolate, movies, and books. I know when I’m blocked I’ve neglected to have one of these three ingredients. I don’t really have a muse I must wait on to inspire me. Although, it helps to feed one when there are problems to work out or I’m not feeling very creative. A good book, a favorite movie, or some delicious chocolate can take me out of my funk and away from the problems of the current manuscript I’m working on. My brain chews on the problems in the background in order to help me. Then I get back to writing.

Hope you enjoyed this week's Romance Weekly. Onto the next blog in today's blog hop. Enter the mind of S.C. Mitchell where he reveals more about his writing life.

Mark your calendars for the Romance Weekly Blog Hop & Giveaway July 29, 2014. The prizes are fantastic! Hope you join us then.

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