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 23 2017

DEADLY SEDUCTION Release Day!!!!!!

Available NOW!

I’m so excited that today is the book birthday of the 6th book in my bestselling NY State Trooper Series: DEADLY SEDUCTION.

I started this book on this idea: What if the woman you were sleeping with was sent to destroy you?

The only other thing I knew was the hero’s name: Josh Burdett, who showed up for the first time in TO PROTECT HIS OWN. I knew he was an only child and that had been shot in the line of duty, nearly dying while undercover in NYC, but I didn’t know much more than that. I had to ask myself why would someone want to destroy him and why would the heroine sleep with him to do it? Once I answered that question, I had my story.

Delaney Mervis is a bit naive of the world and was easily taken advantage of because of her deep loyalty to what little ‘blood’ family she had left. This book dives deep into the bonds that tie both family and friends together and when to break those bonds. Both Josh and Delaney will have to over come betrayal and harsh truths about themselves and those they loved in order to find each other in the end.

I hope you will enjoy the ride to Josh and Delaney’s happily-ever-after. As also, please feel free to leave an HONEST review on Amazon or Goodreads.

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Jen Talty

a dash of suspense and a dollop of love…