This year the Romantic Novelists’ Association celebrates its 60th (Diamond) Anniversary, and I’m looking forward to sharing in a year-long round of festivities. Our recent RNA newsletter says: ‘The RNA’s mission was to demand respect for and celebrate romantic fiction and here we are, sixty years later, doing just that.’ To kick-start the celebrations, the…… Continue reading 5 library books I’m looking forward to reading in #RomanceReadingMonth
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know I’m an editor and author of romantic fiction. Last week was a busy one for me as I tried to finish all the work on my schedule and answer any queries from clients before I go away to New Zealand in a few days, to…… Continue reading Why I’m fed up of defending romance writing
It’s time for our August authors’ round Robin, and author Rhobin Courtright has set us the perfect summer topic… Give an excerpt from one of your books dealing with travel and/or a holiday Rhobin is an American author, and her original title mentions a ‘vacation’, but I’ve translated into the British ‘holiday’ for my post.…… Continue reading Summer and winter on the Yorkshire moors, plus a new uplifting Christmas anthology
Self-publishing my novels has given me confidence back in my own writing. I’ve gone from thinking no one would want to read the type of story I write – feel-good and uplifting, but involving serious issues – to finally starting work on a new novel, after months of not writing. When I had my first…… Continue reading How indie publishing gave me my confidence back (and why I’m not going back to trad)
It’s July and time for this month’s authors’ Round Robin. Thanks to author Robin Courtright for setting the topic… What book (or type of book) are you currently working on? Do you have ideas for future books? I have an answer to both those questions (see below!) and this month’s topic also made me think…… Continue reading Where do ideas come from? Creative inspiration (and how to find it)
It’s December and the final authors’ Round Robin of the year. Since I love Christmas stories of all kinds, this has to be my favourite challenge of the the past twelve months: write a piece of fiction in the Christmas spirit. Hooray! First of all, if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you…… Continue reading Miss Moonshine’s Emporium at Christmas
It’s June, which means the sun is out, my roses are in bloom – and it’s time for another of our authors’ Round Robins… This month the topic is: Why do you write or feel compelled to write, even through the difficult parts? This is such a great question. A while ago, when I was in…… Continue reading What makes a writer write, when writing is such hard work?