June 30 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 to Romance Weekly.

Elizabeth Janette, Redemption for Liars

Elizabeth Janette, Redemption for Liars

In the round robin of our blog hop, Elizabeth Janette is before me this week. Make sure to check out her blog when you are finished here. She's the author of Redemption for Liars, a book of murder and mayhem. 

 

 

 

It is an interesting blog hop this week for our writers. Xio Axelrod, author of The Calum, asks the following: 

Xio Axelrod, The Calum

Xio Axelrod, The Calum

 

If you were’t a writer, what other creative career would you most want to try?

Hmmm... This is a tricky question this week. I think as a creative expression, and lets ignore the fact that I'm in no shape and probably too old to attempt this career, but I think I would like to try dancing. I mean really dancing like on Dancing With the Stars. I'm not a huge fan of the show, but I have massive amount of respect for those who can pull off dancing moves like it's nothing. When I do catch an episode I can't tear my eyes away. There is a dedication involved that makes it look so easy. I know it's not easy at all! I'm amazed at what these dancers can do.

There is something about dancing that combines several different creative processes, what type of music, the choreography of the dance, the emotional expression through body movements that all appeal to me.  

Me being able to do it is an entirely different topic! It's been ages since I've danced. I never had dance lessons as a child so when I was out of college and had finally become an "adult" I took a few lessons back when country line dancing was all the craze. Maybe dance lessons of a different nature are in my future, but I'll probably leave all those moves to the professionals. 

Brenda Margriet, Mountain Fire

Brenda Margriet, Mountain Fire

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by. Find out what Romance Weekly author, Brenda Margriet's alternate career choice would be to express her creativity.

June 9 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 readers! Make sure to check out J.J. Devine's thoughts on theme if you haven't yet. 

This week our blog topic is from the talented Ronnie Allen, author of Gemini. She wants to know about theme today and asks us: 

What is a theme in your novel or reoccurring throughout a series that sends a message about an issue in society? Was it developed intensionally, or did it evolve through the characters and plot?

Ronnie struck fear into my heart. 

Theme is a difficult subject for me. I never sit down with an idea for a piece of writing with a particular theme in mind. I fear, if I did have a particular theme in mind, I would force the writing to that theme instead of allowing the story to tell itself naturally. 

I'll start with my genre: romance, of course. A general theme in my writing by default is that love conquers all or that there is someone for everyone (at least in my stories there is someone for everyone) despite some huge obstacles, like being an alien for instance, or keeping a bunch of secrets. I feel love is an obvious theme for a romance novel! I'm not sure how this would relate to society except that we can all use a little more love in our lives even when (or especially when) we feel alienated from others.

Is there another theme in my writing?

My Sixxer world is focused on the hidden among us, namely aliens living among humans trying to survive. A huge theme in this world is: The Illusion of Control. 

In the Sixxer world, whether humans or Sixxers, each believes they have the upper hand. It's all an illusion, and one that comes crashing down on the characters frequently. I didn't do this on purpose. I believe this theme evolved naturally as I discovered the world my characters live in. It's probably because of the underlying issue that I always think I have control of the situation and then my toddler throws his dinner on the floor or runs off with my shoe. I'm not sure how this affects society but it certainly affects me when my illusion shatters. 

Next on the hope is Xio Axelrod, author of The Calum. I'm curious what theme(s) she's identified in her work.  

See you next week!

May 12 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.

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!