Posted in Author Highlight, Elephant Creek, Writers

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 Publishing, Writers

Plenty of romance in Melbourne


Wow, to say the lead up to an RWA Conference is a crazy time is an understatement. Running a multi-stream event takes a heap of organising. The team of fabulous volunteers put it all together over a year of dedicating their time and then some over the three days of conference. I have enjoyed every minute with the wonderful tribe of romance writers of all sorts (and they were out in force during the Twisted Fairy Tale themed Cocktail Party).

Though I was too busy to enjoy conference masterclasses, workshops, seminars, panels, forums and gatherings I did have a chance to meet many amazing writers who all shared their knowledge and stories willingly. I have come away boiling with writing ideas and renewed motivation to finish Elephant Creek (WIP) and start other projects.

Though I missed the panel on Alternative Income Streams: Maximising your skills I realise that is something that I must do. So while my part-time Administrative work for RWA is my focus as well as finishing my latest book Elephant Creek, I also want to use my Graphic Artist skills again. I’ll be designing book covers, business cards, postcards and bookmarks as well as helping other authors with press releases, book launches and other practical marketing tools. Very soon I’ll add a new tab to the website. If you know anyone after some of these services please send them my way.

My gorgeous granddaughter received a ribbon for a running race at her school. I was proud when she rushed over after school to show me. I can’t wait to have a photo taken with her. She’ll be holding her ribbon and I’ll holding my First Sale ribbon (in the pic). Technically my first book sale was in 2017 but this was my first (yep a newbie) conference so I took the opportunity to finally get it. Watching people collect their milestone pins made me realise that I am getting close to receiving the first one (5 books).

To some these badges may seem petty but I believe they encourage authors to move forward with their careers. It’s a token RWA members should be proud of. Some authors have completed over 75 books. I’m a long way off but we all have to start somewhere don’t we? And…as I was reminded by our keynote speaker (and Hall of Famer) Amy Andrews not many people finish a book – “Just get the damn book finished.”

So I will. And if you were looking forward to Elephant Creek I promise I’m setting a new deadline and sticking to it. I’ll keep you posted.

If you missed out on your copy of Kendwa’s Secret I have more in stock now. Go to my Bookstore to purchase or find a copy that suits you (paperback or ebook) on Amazon.