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Writers need writers – no one else gets it

So, what’s the best thing that can happen during a writer’s day? Okay, besides being offered a huge advance and three-book deal with a traditional publisher! Movie options? Chris Hemsworth playing your MMC? Writing? Typing ‘The End’ in a manuscript? Meeting a fan of your books? Receiving awesome reviews? Appearing on Ellen? All things I could hope for as an author but there’s another thing that brings me simpler joy, motivation and pleasure.

Catching up with other writers.

Even if the writer is a near stranger, in no time you connect. It’s usually inevitable especially if you write the same genre (in this case Romance). Who else can you talk to about the writing craft? Non-writers don’t get it. Writers understand.

All writers go through the same struggles to perfect their craft. I love the banter, support, encouragement and knowledge gained from meeting up with a writer. The writer I had coffee with was Beth Prentice. We had previously met briefly at Books By the Beach and at 2019 RWA Melbourne Conference. When I told her I had moved near her we arranged to catch up and I’m glad we did.

So, for those of you who don’t write but like to know what writers talk about here’s some of the various things discussed.

Writer’s talk about:

  • How only a writer gets IT (writing)
  • The difficulty of hearing someone critique your work
  • The joy of creating a character you love
  • How fun it is to write sex scenes (after much build-up)
  • The funny reactions to the fact you write explicit sex scenes
  • Finding out there are other writers in your neighbourhood
  • Realising our books are character and emotion-driven
  • Discovering invaluable writing references
  • Laughing at the fact our husbands don’t read
  • Encouraging and nurturing each other’s writing goals
  • Sharing marketing and publicity knowledge
  • Understanding how difficult it is to say goodbye to some characters
  • The best ways to research a story
  • Why we have so many new story ideas going on in our heads
  • Which story to choose next
  • How writing is a joy even though it is damn hard, isolating and time-consuming – it’s still a joy.

We could talk for hours about writing but real life gets in the way and we part company. Though we have work or have family commitments first, when we get our bum back in our office chair and plant our fingers on the keyboard we will write. We’ll write with renewed vigour from our writer-writer catchup. A few hours well spent.

So now, once this post is posted. I’ll be continuing the latest manuscript with more ideas and enthusiasm, thinking of my friend, a few suburbs away doing the same thing. We’ll both be finding out what our characters will do next, where the story is heading and how it will end.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress of Elephant Creek.

Teaser: Why did Toby change his name back to Noah? Can he ever love again after what his ex-wife Katie did?

If you’d like to check out USA Today Bestselling Author Beth Prentice’s books go to: Beth Prentice Novels 

Posted in Author Highlight, Authors Book Releases, Writers, Writing tips

Author Highlight – Liv Arnold – Release of Law and Disorder

This week I’m speaking to Liv Arnold as she releases her début Law and Disorder. Helping other authors promote their books is an important part of celebrating our diversity as creatives. If you are an author who would like being featured, please contact me.

Here’s my interview with my fellow author Liv Arnold:

Hi Olivia, tell me a little bit about your writing history and when you discovered you wanted to write romance?

I used to write stories at school for fun, but I never thought anything would come of it. So, I did a degree that had nothing to do with writing and started a full-time job in the finance industry. My mum encouraged me to do a creative writing course at RMIT. It’s a short course that runs for 8-10 weeks for three hours a week after work. I loved every moment of the class and ended up doing three short courses. The teachers were so inspiring, and it was great to speak to like-minded people. I workshopped my stories in class and continued with them after the course finished.

Law and Disorder

I started writing romance because my husband plays computer games all night. I thought ‘why not invent my own book-boyfriend’. I used to read out romance passages to him to give him a gentle nudge.

Do you write full-time or do you have a job other than writing?

I work full-time, but I would love to be able to eventually write all the time. So exhausting coming home from work and writing.

I know that feeling. There’s only so many hours in a day. As writers, we just have to fit it in with the other parts of our life.

Where do you write?

On the dining table in my home. My husband hogs the study room playing games, so I have to write elsewhere.

How many books have you written?

I have two books contracted. This one, Law & Disorder, and Etched in Stone which will be out later this year. I’m currently drafting two YA novels too.

Congratulations on the release of Law & Disorder. To know that Etched in Stone will also be released later this year must be exciting. Two books in a year is a great accomplishment.

How long does it take for you to write each novel?

I work full-time, so I write really slow. I spend an hour a day on writing so maybe a year to write a novel.

What is the title of your latest release and what is it about?

Law & Disorder – I’ve watched the TV show Neighbours since I was a child. I used to come home from school, get changed, have a snack then sit down and watch. I love the community behind the storylines and the more light-hearted moments. So, I thought it would be a fun idea to have the heroine and hero as neighbours, but spice things up a little.

What is your favourite thing about being a writer?

Being able to escape into another world. Every time I receive a good review, it’s often a surprise to me but I am so grateful that people have enjoyed my book.

Where are your books available?

Amazon Australia

Amazon USA

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

Barnes & Noble



Liv Arnold
Author Liv Arnold



Anything else you’d like to tell my readers (both readers and writers)?

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