If you like to read romance novels and would you like to meet new authors, 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 the same questions. Once you've read my blog, the link below will direct you to another. Tell your friends and feel free to ask questions or make comments.
Those of you who have linked here from Fiona Riplee, welcome! Here are my answers:
Do you prefer to write futuristic, contemporary or historical romances and why?
I write contemporary romances – for the moment. I'm toying with writing historicals, as, oddly enough, I probably read more historicals than contemporaries. But the philosophy of “write what you know” has led me to contemporaries for my three completed manuscripts and my current work-in-progress.
What is your favourite time in history and how and why does it inspire you?
This is a tough one. Not sure I can narrow it down at all. I do enjoy reading about the Regency era, but I don't think I would refuse to read any book simply because of the time period in which it is set. As for writing, the present day inspires so many ideas for romance. I've always loved discovering how people meet – online, at work, by accident, by design. Young people I know complain about how hard it is to meet potential lifemates. Being able to plot my own happy endings is a lot of fun!
How has your life experience contributed to your writing?
All writers write from our own experiences. How can we not? I may not fictionalize specific events and write about them directly, but every emotion I've felt, adventure I've had (no matter how minor), lesson I've learned, affects what I put on the page. The memory of heart-thumping fear when I lost sight of my toddler for an instant? I magnify that to describe my heroine's terror. A family vacation to an exotic locale – what a cool place to set my next novel! Everything good or bad feeds into my writing.
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