Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Romance: Not for the Faint of Heart

My first go at writing a romance was brutal. 


I've been reading romances most of my life. I've spent years surrounded by published romance writers. Attending Maryland Romance Writers meetings every month. And being the sponge I am, I, of course, starting having ideas. I also believed that since I've been writing books for over a decade, that writing a romance would be a piece of cake.


These books may read as a simple slap and tickle, but I assure you, they are not. My first "final" draft of Checking Yes was hammered so hard that I had to re-write 3/4 of it in 3 days. (That'll be the last time I laugh in the face of a deadline.) I'd made classic newbie mistakes and have since learned from them.

How, you ask? 

Easy. I hit the movies. Time is of the essence, and I have another novella to prepare for another anthology. Plus I'm more of a visual learner. (How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days sits at the top of my binge list as THE perfect example for a romance plot, btw. And I binged a ton of movies.) 

What I've learned is that writing romance isn't unlike writing science fiction. The action may be a little less Michael Bay, but that doesn't make it any less serious. The characters have to be real. Their conflicts have to resonate. Their romance has to be felt. And I, the writer, still have to put the effort into making the writing shine. 

After all that, I still have to put on my spine and hit "publish." And I have to do that knowing I'm going to take negative dings no matter what. Whether that's a review or on the street when someone asks me what I write. (Try dating & telling a handsome stranger you write science fiction. The responses have yet to be positive.) 

No matter the result, I know how hard I worked. 

No matter the varying opinions, I'm proud of every word I write. 

No matter the pre-conceived notions, I am a romance writer and I am not faint of heart. 

Pre-order your copy of Checking Yes & get a bonus first chapter to the sequel Tell Me No Lies, coming summer 2017.

AmazonBarnes&NobleiBooksKobo24 Symbols


  1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  3. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  4. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  5. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  6. This comment has been removed by the author.

  7. A simple bookmarking tool that makes it easy to save, organize and share your favorite web pages. Access your bookmarks from any computer, phone or tablet. Listango works on all modern web browsers… how to text a guy to keep him interested

  8. Romance is what we make it and, when we choose to make it excellent, it will be just that. A good forum will help you and give you practical ways on how to rekindle the romance that is lost.Nashville escorts

  9. In many ways the script is 50% staged and 50% improvisation, this culminates with a very intense sense of reality on the screen.

    f movies

  10. Follow the guidelines and mail off your film package. They get a flood of film submissions, so be patient if you don't hear back right away.ffmovie

  11. You're really have to get in there on set and kickass on scenes.

  12. Learning martial arts involves much more than competing in tournaments. Rated 3 chili peppers.


  13. It is evident then that there is a certain level of sophistication desired by the medium of silent film.


  14. Dodgy DVDs and increasingly, illegal downloads, cost the film industry massive amounts of revenue every year.123movies

  15. We watched this over and over while it was on Netflix. They took it off so we decided to get the DVD. Love Kate Hudson and Matt McConaughey. They are perfect in this film.

  16. Whatever you have provided for us in these posts really appreciative.
    Anal porn

  17. One or two links on a page here and there probably won't hurt you. OkCupid review

  18. This is my very first time that I am visiting here and I’m truly pleasurable to see everything at one place.
    Amateur porn


What say you?