I find when I’m too familiar with something, I forget to see the beauty in familiarity. Growing up on the rez, the huge, beautiful lake surrounding the community where I swam or ice-skated as a child was familiar. […]
The best part of RWA’s annual conference is, for me, getting to talk with authors I love. I’ve been lucky enough to have lunch with Rachel Grant the past few RWAs we’ve both been at. This year, we had so much fun that I forgot to take a picture of her. So you’ll have to settle for this picture of the fried pickles–they were delicious–which Rachel took to send to Erica Ridley who, I hear, has a thing for fried pickles. […]
For me, 2018 was going to be an exciting year. Back in 2016, I pitched an idea to a few of my author friends. The concept was not original. Harlequin had done in years ago. However, my perfect series would be slightly different. While each story would be set in a decade of the 20th century, plus the first two decades of 21 century, the main characters would be black, and the stories would focus on the black experience during that decade. […]
Life is definitely getting harder. The news is more terrible everyday: children are killing children, Mother Nature is angry and more and more people are suffering. Sometimes just getting through the day is difficult.
What helps? Respite. A break. Something better to aim for. And that’s what romance books give us. The victory over conflict, the answer to uncertainties, the happily ever after.
Maybe they don’t convey world-changing ideas or cure disease, but they give us hope. And, as Emily Dickinson said so poignantly:
““Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –”
And what are the stories romance writers write? Magical stories of good triumphing over evil, true love conquering all and yes — happily ever after.
In times like these, we need to believe there is hope, […]
Readers and writers – a symbiotic relationship. Ideas spark writers to create stories and build worlds and characters for readers’ consumption. Readers add imagination and thought to interpret those stories, deriving meaning and enjoyment in the process. A story is incomplete without both reader and writer.
And yet, so many authors I know mumble and grumble about their writing: Why hasn’t novel two done as well as novel one? Why is writer X getting so much attention? How should I adjust the manuscript to attract more readers? Why did my publisher reject my latest effort? How can I find the readers who will love my stories?
The grand bargain between writers and readers is a challenging one.
What then do readers want? What constitutes a compelling story? How do men and women differ in their preferences? Where do readers find recommendations? How do readers share their book experiences? These and other questions are […]