June 1 2017

Rejuvenating Your Passion for Writing

The hardest part about writing, is writing. Seriously. I often do things to avoid writing new words. Re-writing? LOVE re-writing. It’s my favorite part of the writing process, but if I don’t get the words on the page, there is nothing to re-write.

Years ago, when I blogged, I often blogged about my writing process. It was called “how we write”. I tag teamed with a fellow author. Her process was VERY different from mine, so it was interesting to trade ideas and share them with our fellow writers. But life often takes us on a different journey and I focused more on the business side while I was COO of Cool Gus Publishing. Well, now my life has taken another turn and my sole focus is on honing my craft, and writing again.

But more than that, I want to get back to one of the most important parts of becoming a successful writer: CRAFT.

Recently, I came a cross a young, talented writer. Talented isn’t the right word. It’s the kind of writing that brings you to your knees without even trying. I’ve meet a few talented aspiring writers in my days teaching craft and the business of writing as I’ve traveled across the country attending various writer conferences. I’ve seen a few gifted writers pack up and go home. The business of Publishing is not for the weak of heart. It’s filled rejection after rejection and those rejections tend to do a number on even those writers with leather for skin.

I won’t even get into the one star reviews in the middle of 50 four and five star reviews. Oy. They say it takes 50 atta girls to erase one negative? I think its a few more than that.

I got to talking to this writer, who knows more than I do about the english language and literature, so it humbled me that he even considered asking me for advice on ‘writing’. Not how to upload a file to KDP. Or promotional stuff. No. He wanted to ask me about how to get motivated (he laughed when I said butt glue), what my process was (um, hello, my mind is a dark and scary place, even I don’t want to be there half the time), and other writerly stuff.

I sent the poor man a million and one things, including one of my famous spreadsheets! He might be regretting asking me anything at this point…

I was happy to answer his questions. But what struck me this morning when I sat down at my computer was that I have missed blogging and sharing ideas about process, craft, all aspects of the actual writing part of this business. I used to blog 2-3 times per week. Once about the process of writing. Once about whatever I felt like (often times silly things that just make me giggle) and sometimes about the business part.

I think it’s time to get back to that regime.

There is that old saying: you can’t keep what you don’t give away.

I think there is a truism in that sediment. We need to share our creativity with others and not just in the books we write, but how we write them.

In the same vein, we have to open our minds to new ideas. New ways of doing things. Writing is a constant learning process and we can always improve on it.

Happy writing and pass the butt glue please!


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May 8 2017

Murder, Mayhem, and Love. It’s all in day’s work!

MURDER IN PARADISE BAY is only .99 for the next few days, so grab it while it’s hot!

I love all the books I’ve written and adore all the characters, which is why I like to write series with a large and expanding community so that I can revisit the people I’ve created and catch up on what is happening in their lives. MURDER IN PARADISE BAY is the 4th book in the NY State Trooper Series and Stacey Sutten is one of the strongest female leads from the get go. She’s a very confidant young woman at twenty-five. Raised by a single dad, who had her at 17, she’s developed a very thick skin, a mouth like razor, and tenderness that is untouchable. I love her because her arch isn’t about gaining confidence, or strength, but giving it. Throughout the book, she has to give it to her father, the love of her life, even the people she works with. But her growth as a woman comes from learning how to lean on others and let them into her soul, especially Doug Tanner.

What I love about Doug is he’s humble man. Having been homeless until fifteen when Stacey’s father takes him in, has taught him the value of a kind heart and honest work. What is interesting about Doug is that he is 9 years younger than Stacey’s father, and 9 years older than Stacey. Even more interesting is that at 15 and throughout his young adult life, he’d been Jim’s (Stacey’s father) best friend and eventual business partner. Jim helped Doug go to college and become an architect. Jim felt strongly that he couldn’t bring a woman into their lives. He wanted to be a dedicated father and he focused all his attention on Stacey and his growing business…then Doug.

But as Stacey grew up, graduated from college, and became a State Trooper, a shift in relationships occur and while Doug will always be Jim’s business partner, its obvious to everyone that Doug and Stacey are destine to be together…even her father.

So, I came up with Doug, Stacey, and her father, Jim back in 2005. Really, not kidding. I wrote their story (though Stacey was a dance teacher, NOT), but the background was the same and Doug was accused of killing his late wife. But I knew the book/story wasn’t right, but these three characters wouldn’t leave me alone! So when I needed to introduce my next State Trooper in DEADLY SECRETS, all of a sudden, Stacey waltzed into the station house and blew my mind.

I love how writing works.

The story flew from my brain to my fingers, partly because I’ve lived with this people for like EVER!

Stacey will always hold a special place in my heart. She’s the only female trooper in the series and she’s one kick ass female!  And Doug? Oy. All my hero’s have man crushes on him.

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Happy reading!