Author’s Blog

Strength, Weakness, and the Day Job

This week’s writing challenge from Marketing for Romance Writers gave me flashbacks to the days when I had to endure job interviews. Inevitably someone on the selection committee would ask the dreaded question, “What’s your greatest strength?” The first time I heard it I was stymied. Since I went through a long period in which […]

Time-Traveling Faux-Pas

Highlighting Historical Romance Today we welcome Susana Ellis, my fellow Bluestocking Belle, who tells us about her time-traveling heroine. If you were traveling through time, how much would you worry about disrupting the space-time continuum? In spite of my younger days as a fervent Trekker, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Prime Directive is […]

6 Things I Need to Know This Week

I’m writing two very different stories this weekend, and spending a lot of time researching background for both. There are tons of things I need to know, but these are a start. What products were being brought into England by smugglers in 1838? What were the excise issues? Who was importing opium to England in […]

It’s Messy. Is It a Process?

Process? I don’t need no stinking process. My book, alas, needs a plot. I’ve read the craft books. I know a scene from a sequel, and I understand the big W shaped romance plot and the four acts that make it up. I get hooks and turning points. I’ve tried outlines, story boards, and scene […]

Enchantment, Legend, and the Cloutie Tree

Highlighting Historical Romance: Luanna Stewart Thank you, Caroline, for inviting me to visit with your readers. The Enchanted Keepsakes collection of novels revolves around a central legend – that of a witch doomed to roam through time and space, her one goal being to grant wishes. When I began working on the idea for my […]