Happy Passover/Easter

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It’s that time of year when we’re all indulging in wonderful foods. What’s not to like about chocolate, coloured eggs and cakes? Yum!

Whether you celebrate Passover, Easter or Orthodox/Greek Easter, I wish you a wonderful festival. And if you’re non-religious, then I wish you a happy break (and eating too!)

So, do you have a favourite food that you eat at this time?

My Writing Process

Thank you to Rachael Thomas for inviting me to join The Blog Tour. Her debut book, A Deal Before the Altar, will be available later this year. More information can be found on her website: http://www.rachaelthomas.co.uk

I had the pleasure of meeting Rachael via the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) Critique Partner scheme, which I now manage with my “partner-in-crime” Beck Nicholas.

I’ve enjoyed working with Rachael over the years and am delighted to see her do so well with her writing and be accepted as a published writer with Mills and Boon. I’m looking forward to seeing her the cover of her debut :)

What am I working on?

I am currently half way through a book which is the third in a series. Books 1 & 2 are linked, and books 1 & 3 are linked, although they can be read as standalone books.

Book #1 finaled recently in a US competition which was very exciting. It was a thrill to have such positive feedback from the judges.

How does my story differ from others of its genre?

Over the years, whilst I’ve learnt my craft and written, I’ve kept true to my voice. In competition and writer feedback, I’ve always had positive interest in my “voice”.

I’d like to add that this doesn’t always come naturally to new writers and can take time to recognise and nurture.

Why do I write?

Mainly because I can’t stop the stories and voices in my head. But more importably, because I love it :)

How does my writing process work?

As a busy, working mum with two young heroes-in-training, I don’t have much time to write. I usually make time at nights and on weekends.

Bursting with excitement

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I recently submitted two entries to North Texas Romance Writers of America Great Expectations competition and was delighted to be advised I was a  finalist with Violet’s story. My entry will now be assessed by an editor with a major publishing company and I am thrilled. What an opportunity!!

The feedback I received on both entries was positive, insightful and very helpful. As an Australian writer I am concerned about “Australian-isms” so entering a US competition was a great way to get a different view-point of my writing.

The judges spent time reading and proving good feedback. My favourite line was…”Hope you get a great cover, because I’m sure this one will sell!”

Congrats to the other finalists and also a well done to the non-finalists. Submitting your work in a competition can be scary but very rewarding.

Talking about characterisation

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I just love talking about writing and was delighted to be invited to talk to Grade 2A on their writing. The children have been working hard on their stories and their teacher thought it would be good for me to talk to them about their characters.

We started chatting about The Wizard of Oz – perfect for eight year olds when looking at interesting characters. A lion who’s scared. A Tin man who doesn’t have a heart. A Scarecrow who wants a brain. Perfect!

We then talked about their stories which were all fantastic. With a bit of brainstorming the class came up with some ideas on creating engaging characters – a dog who is a scientist in disguise, a princess who doesn’t like pink and rides skateboards, a dog who talks – brilliant!

I loved their ideas and enthusiasm. This is a class with budding writers. 

Thanks 2A for inviting me to your classroom to talk :)

November reads for Book Club

My romance book club is doing well and we’re all enjoying reading different sub-genres of romance. A couple of ladies wanted to try out erotic romance so I’ve included two.

Here’s this month’s fab line up -

Contemporary – Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins

Erotic – Room Service by Vanessa Stark

Romantic suspense – In Safe Hands by Lee Christine

Erotic – More than Lovers by Jess Dee (bonus book for the quick readers)

So do you like reading different sub-genres?

October reads for Book Club

Well we all enjoyed our books from last month authors – Annie West, Sarah Belle and Anna Campbell.

This month’s reading is -

Rachael John’s Outback Dreams

Rachel Harris’ My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

I have to confess I’m friends with Rachael Johns and am lucky enough to read her work before it’s published. However, I never got to read the ending of Outback Dreams and really wanted to see Faith and Monty’s HEA. Now I can :)

Bonus books for the quick readers in our group are -

Kandy Shepherd’s Reinventing Rose (because we love funny chick lit stories)

Rachel Harris’ A Tale of Two Centuries (because it’s linked to My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century)

So what are you reading this month?

So You Think You Can Write 2013

It’s on again!!!! This amazing writing competition gives romance writers an opportunity to submit a chapter to be read by a HMB editor. The lucky winner will be offered a book publishing contract with Mills and Boon.

When I last checked this afternoon there were over 500 entries!! Wow!!

If you’re interested in reading mine, please go to – http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/manuscripts-sytycw-2013/mr-right-for-forever-or-for-right-now/

Hope you enjoy it and happy reading!!!