February 17, 2015 @ 7:46 AM
Confession: I am one of those writers who feel as if characters actually speak. Not to sound too flakey or woo-woo about it, but as I’m writing I hear their voices. And I feel as if I’m simply their transcribing vessel, especially when I'm doing dialogue.
Sometimes when I’m putting words on the page I think I hear my protagonist say:
“No way! Who does that???”
"Give me another name. I don't like that one."
“Nope. What you had me doing in that last chapter makes me look and sound psycho. Cut."
“Reon, uh-uh. That sucks. Try again.”
Actually, I hear the last line A LOT. ;)
I second-guess myself constantly, taking things out, ............
February 2, 2015 @ 9:32 AM
I was saddened to learn that veteran, award-winning romance author Gwynne Forster passed away last month after an illness.
I met Gywnne more than a decade ago. I was a full-time newspaper reporter who wrote fiction on the side as a hobby. At the time, I had one novel (Picture Perfect) released by a small press.
I'd done some local TV appearances to promote the book with the help of a publicist friend of mine. As a result I was invited to participate in a popular local book fair, featuring several veteran authors such as Gywnne and Donna Hill, who already had long, impressive romance writing resumes. I couldn't believe my luck! Getting the opporunity to sit at the same table and do my FIRST book ............