Posts Tagged ‘Introductions

12
Oct
09

Bonjour World – C’est Anaïs!

Name: Anaïs Snow

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: I’ve just searching for the perfect agent/publisher dream team – WLTM intelligent, quirky publisher with gsoh and love of lyrical, racy writing!

Books: Just finished my first novel – working title, All Mine. It’s got astral travel, healing powers, psychic abilities, travel, an ancient curse, sex and a love triangle in it so it ticks a lot of boxes!

What is the one book you never tire of re-reading? There are actually quite a few. I love Gothic romance, so Jane Eyre has been a favourite since I was about eight years old and by the same token I also really love Wuthering Heights. I’m a sucker for anything with a haunting atmosphere and faintly melancholy ending so other favourites include Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, Possession by AS Byatt and teenage cult classic The China Garden by Liz Berry.

When did you realize you needed to write? And what was the first story you completed that you were really proud of? I’ve always loved writing – when I was about seven or eight years old we were allowed to draw pictures or do creative writing when we finished our school work and I wrote (and illustrated!) a whole series of stories starring myself as an intrepid explorer who went into space and off to find the Loch Ness monster! I then ripped off C.S. Lewis and wrote a few stories where the characters went to Ainran which was kind of like a backwards Narnia… I wrote a few short stories and reams of angsty, intense poetry as a teenager and then began working on a novel in university. I’m currently writing my PhD thesis and I do some copywriting for travel, arts and events magazines to pay the bills but it’s really only been the last year or so that I’ve focused on a sustained project like All Mine.

Do you write things other than romantic fiction? Sure! Thesis chapters, academic papers, book reviews, travel articles etc. But in terms of fiction I would have to say not yet. Once I’ve found a home for All Mine, though, who knows where my writing might go next?

When you aren’t writing, what sorts of activities do you engage in? I have a rickety, rusty purple bike that I cycle round the park and down by the river in Belfast where I live. I like to go for walks on the beach, read magazines and novels, watch films and bake as well. I wish I did more exercise but nobody’s perfect 😉

What is the worst job you ever held? Has it shown up in any of your writing? I’ve had lots of funny jobs – I work for a carnival company and have spent a lot of time in costume, kissing lord mayors so the press can take my photo or face painting recalcitrant children! I’ve also cleaned changing rooms in a gym, worked on the deli counter in a corner store, been a short order cook in a wine bar, a waitress, a babysitter, a barmaid and worked for the tourist board. I teach undergraduate seminar groups in university which is lots of work and horrendously paid but very enjoyable. But the worst job ever was market research, which I stuck for a whole fortnight of having to call people up and piss them off at home to get them to do crappy questionnaires. It was awful! But it was awful AND boring so I’d be scraping the barrel if I had to use it in any of my books! In All Mine, my characters have very cool jobs – one is a translator, one works for the UN and one is a professor at a university in Boston – when you’ve had boring jobs, I think you deliberately give your characters very exciting ones 🙂

12
Oct
09

Knotted is #4 on the Bestseller List!

Paper Plus Gala Dinner 2009
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I just got back from a holiday in Oz/Aussie/Australia with family and was trying to come to terms with returning to the real world i.e. work, laundry, school lunches – do I really need to explain? – and get the news that my latest book is #4 on the New Zealand bestseller list 11 days after it was released. Please forgive me while I wallow and skite – I’m only human. And in case you’re wondering just who on earth I am… I’m Michelle Holman, one of the original group of six intrepid writers who decided to get together to start The Romantic Journey. So far a very cool idea of Jennifer’s has turned into a very cool journey plus it’s free, doesn’t involve packing suitcases, vaccinations, finding somebody to look after the dog/cat/budgie and the weather doesn’t matter.  Some info on me:-

What do you write? Romantic Comedy.

Agent’s Name Don’t have one.

Books: Bonkers (HarperCollins NZ 2007), Divine (HPCNZ 2008), Knotted (HPCNZ 2009), Einfach Himmlisch (Simply Heavenly), German translation of Bonkers (Droemer November 2009).

The One Book You Never Tire Of Re-reading? Anything by Brenda Jagger, especially the Barforth Trilogy. Just Imagine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

When Did You Realise You Needed To Write? When I was about eleven and went to my first rock concert. I fell in love with the band and wrote a story about the lead singer and the drummer falling in love with two kiwi girls. Years later I found out the singer was gay. It was a difficult moment.

The first story you completed that you were really proud of…well not the one about the singer and the drummer. It would have to be my first book, Bonkers. I still love it and yes, I’m proud of it.

Do you write things other than romantic fiction? Shopping lists.

When you aren’t writing what sort of activities do you engage in? The shopping lists are quite labour intensive but I also like hanging out with my husband and kids, reading, listening to music, riding my horse and road bike, gardening (my husband says it’s cruelty to plants) and swimming. I also spend alot of time wondering how Daniel Craig and Viggo Mortensen manage to get through life without me. I’m a registered nurse and have a “real” job too managing community youth health projects.

What is the worst job you ever had? Chalet maid at Butlins Holiday camp in Somerset, England on my big OE (Downunder talk for “Overseas Experience). Had alot of fun off duty though.

Has it shown up in your writing? Not yet but if you spot a bitter, twisted, negligent young kiwi girl forced to clean up after people in any of my books you’ll know where she came from.

And finally…to any aspiring writers who might be reading this, don’t listen to the numbers about how many books get published/rejected and don’t give up. You’re the only one who can write your story.

Best Wishes,

Michelle

www.michelleholman.com

08
Oct
09

Hi, I’m Erica, and I’m an addict… that is, a romance writer

Hi, and welcome to The Romantic Journey! We’re a bunch of romance writers from different genres who aim to entertain. That’s pretty much it. So long as someone’s having fun, our work here is done.

So where do I fit into this? I’m Erica Hayes, the urban fantasy author, the dark and sulky one from That Other Genre. I do kick-ass heroines, dark and sexy heroes, darker and even sexier villains who might grudgingly become the hero if you happen to catch them on a good day. Vampires, fairies, incubi and demons, spriggans and banshees and all manner of creepy things. Yes. If you’re not having fun after that, then you’re probably dead. Or undead. Or just not feeling very well.

ShadowfaeMy first book, SHADOWFAE, is coming out next week. Yes, that clanging sound you hear is me doing the happy dance, all the way from Australia. I got my first copies in the mail this very day, and they look so very pretty and precious… Anyway. October 13. Just in time for Halloween. Brrr. Appropriate, seeing as the book’s about a succubus trying to break hell’s thrall. I’ll be back here next week giving away a free copy (yay! free books!) and I’ll tell you more about it then.

So, ahead with the random facts about me. We like random facts at The Romantic Journey. They’re good for inspiration, and snacks.

Representation: I’m represented by Marlene Stringer of Stringer Literary, who is Agent Awesome and should be preserved in amber. Once I’m done with her.

A book I never tire of re-reading: a little gem called The Company by Arabella Edge. It’s a true crime story about a sociopath who gets shipwrecked off the West Australian coast in 1628. Most likely our first serial killer. It’s written in first person, and it is some seriously creepy stuff. Also Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z Brite. Brilliant. Go read it now.

When did I realise I needed to write? Well, I don’t need to, as such. It’s just that if I don’t, I get cranky and bitchy and start sharpening knives, and singing. No one wants that.

The first story I completed that I was really proud of? My first ever completed novel manuscript was a high fantasy tale, set in a dark arctic city where a dissociative murderer falls in love with a nun. And no, you can’t read it 🙂

Do I write something other than romantic fiction? Blog posts. Shopping lists. Pretty much everything else I do has a romance in it. Sometimes, even the shopping gets some lurve.

What do I do when I’m not writing? I play the oboe, in a not-totally-awful kind of way. I read. Sometimes I sleep.

The worst job I ever had? Oh, that’s easy. I was one of those annoying happy people who call you while you’re trying to eat dinner, and beg for charity donations. I hated that job. It’s true that they ring at that time on purpose, you know. My hours were 4pm to 8 pm weekdays. I felt like a limpwit the whole time, and I wasn’t sorry when they didn’t hire me for another campaign.

And now, the important stuff.

Comic books. Batman or Superman? Batman. Love the bat. Christian Bale doesn’t hurt, either.

Supernatural. Sam or Dean? Sam. Oh, gosh, yes. Sam for me.

Zombies or vampires? Both, if I can get them 🙂 but if I have to choose… vampires. Fewer attrition issues.

Twilight. Edward or Jacob? Snort. Who cares? But pretty much anyone gets my vote over Edward 🙂

So, anyone out there on Team Edward? Want to try convincing me to switch to Dean? Think Superman would kick Batman’s butt? Comments are open. The challenge is on…

05
Oct
09

Are You There World? It’s me, Tamara.

I love collaborative blogs for a lot of reasons. As a reader, I find them to be a great source of information; it’s kind of like there’s a group of really cool people having a conversation in the cafeteria, and there’s an open invitation for me sit down with my hot lunch in hand. As a writer, I think they’re a great way to share the writing journey and meet new people without all that pressure of blogging every day.

Seriously. Have you ever tried to maintain wit and conversation on an ongoing blog? It’s hard enough to make my heroines witty—I hardly need the pressure of making myself appear in the same light four or five days a week.

Anyway, it’s wonderful to be in company with the incredible group of writers here at Romantic Journey, and I’m excited to invite you all to the table.

Name: Tamara Morgan

Genre: Regency/Historical

Agent’s Name: Danielle Chiotti, Upstart Crow Literary

Books Published: None…yet

What is the one book you never tire of re-reading?

Jane Eyre and I go way back. We first found each other on Christmas of 1993. I remember the exact date because I got both Mariah Carey’s Music Box and Jane Eyre as gifts that day. For three days straight, I listened to Mariah belt out “Hero” while getting to know Jane and Mr. Rochester. Even today, any song from that album immediately sends me straight to Thornfield.

I re-read the novel at least once a year, usually around the first snowfall of the year. Nothing sets the mood for the winter season for me quite like a crazy woman in the attic.

When did you realize you needed to write? And what was the first story you completed that you were really proud of?

I don’t think I “need” to write; I love to write, and that’s enough for me. Like many aspiring authors, I’ve always had a story brewing inside me, and it simply took the guts to sit down and put the story to paper to really become a writer.

The first story I completed that I was really proud of is probably a personal essay I wrote years ago about my experience with yoga (one class, many years ago – bending and twisting is so not for me). If I look hard enough, I could probably find the story online, but I’m a little afraid that going back and re-reading it will tarnish the memory of my first literary triumph. (I was so sure I was the next Dave Barry.)

Do you write things other than romantic fiction?

All day long. In my “real life,” I’m a freelance writer, so there are days when I am staring at my computer screen for more than eight hours in a row.

I think being a freelancer is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to writing romance. On the one hand, I am now a ridiculously fast typist and I’ve developed the writing habit (i.e., writing even when there are a million other things I’d rather be doing). On the other hand, there are only so many words inside my brain. After writing close to 6,000 words of content for someone else, it can be really, really hard to convince myself to churn out another 2,000 words for me.

When you aren’t writing, what sorts of activities do you engage in?

Reading, mostly — which is kind of a lame response, but the only other thing I could say is watching television. I hate cooking (though I do enjoy eating!), I’m not the least bit crafty, I’m much too lazy to participate in any regular sporting activity, and the only gardening I do is admiring this year’s crop of weeds in the backyard.

So, yeah. I like to read.

What is the worst job you ever held? Has it shown up in any of your writing?

I’ve had quite a few bad jobs, most of which have their origins in the customer service industry. The worst one, though, would have to be when I was a soccer referee when I was 14 and 15. The work itself wasn’t bad; I played soccer, so I knew what I was doing. But the pressure was too much. Trust me. You don’t know stress until you make a bad call and over a dozen irate soccer moms are quantifying your worth in terms that would make a grown man cry.

It has not yet appeared in my writing, but I blame that on Regency England. They just didn’t spend as much time at the soccer fields as they should have.

01
Oct
09

Welcome!

First, let me welcome you to this fun new blog. We are a group of romance writers who want to connect with you. We’ll let you know a little about us, and we want to hear what you think of our writing, our posts, and the romance genre in general.

We pulled together a group of writers from around the world and who write in different sub-genres. We hope you enjoy our different perspectives and that you find some great new books to read.

I am pleased to be launching during banned book week. As romance writers, sex is a component of what we do, whether it is stated or implied. And sex is one of the big reasons people use as an excuse to ban books. I am proud to use sexuality and romance to illuminate the human condition and provide cerebral and physical enjoyment. And I am happy to be part of this group of writers who does the same.

We’re starting out with some introductions. You can find out about us on our bio page, but these posts will give you a little more insight into what makes us tick.

And we want to know what you want from us. Feel free to comment and email us to make requests. This your blog—we’re just here to post on it.

Now, a little about me.

Name: Jennifer C. Rodland
Genre: Paranormal, urban fantasy, contemporary
Agent’s name: I’m still looking
Books published: None yet

What is the one book you never tire of re-reading?

I always hate narrowing things down to one favorite thing, but I think Gone with the Wind is the book I’ve re-read the most. I’ve also seen the movie more times that is really necessary.

I spent much of my life dreaming of being Scarlett O’Hara. I wanted her figure, her vivacious charm, her wicked way with the men. As I got older, I realized that Scarlett was immature and selfish, but we can ignore those character flaws when the package is that fabulous, right?

When did you realize you needed to write? And what was the first story you completed that you were really proud of?

I was a bit of a lurker in the writing life until last year.

I was lucky enough to learn to read when I was three, and by the time I graduated from my montessori school at age 6, I had read every book the teacher had for the students and forced her to continually buy more just to keep up with my habit.

I dreamed of writing, but I spent a lot of my time telling myself I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t creative enough, and would never be any good at it.

A friend and colleague pushed me into writing for the magazine we both worked on, and that gave me some confidence. I focused on non-fiction and journalistic pieces because they seemed lower risk than fiction.

In 2007, though, I quit ignoring the stories in my head and began to capture them. Writing fiction is freeing in some ways and extremely challenging in others. I am using the skill I learned from non-fiction writing to help me tell these stories, but I am always learning and honing my skill.

Do you write things other than romantic fiction?

I am also a freelance writer, and I recently edited a collection of articles for the publisher I used to work for. And, like many writers out there, I also have a day job. I work at a credit union, writing all of the articles for the member newsletter, various partner newsletters, and press releases, as well as other projects my supervisor assigns me. Some days, it feels as if all I do is look at a computer screen.

When you aren’t writing, what sorts of activities do you engage in?

I’m a bit of a nerd at heart, so I like to play video games. I started back when we played text-based games in DOS and BASIC and later moved to console games. (My husband is a big console gamer, so we have 1 PS2, 1 Xbox, 2 PS3s, 2 Xbox 360s, 1 Wii, and 1 Nintendo 64.) My current gaming obsession is WOW. My husband and I play together.

Every now and then, I get my butt up off the desk chair and play with my dogs, a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and a Bernese Mountain Dog. And next spring, my husband and I are going to start mountain biking again. We used to be quite good, and Oregon is like mountain biking heaven.

What is the worst job you ever held? Has it shown up in any of your writing?

Well, I’ve been someone who stays in jobs for a really long time, so I can’t have hated them too much. I worked at a movie theater in high school and college, and that had its moments. People do unspeakable things in movie theaters, and the only ones to clean up after them are teenagers who are being paid minimum wage. The urine-filled beer cans were always favorites. Thank god the floors were always sticky with spilled soda, or more of those would have fallen and rolled to the front of the theater.

I haven’t written about a theater worker yet, but you never know. Perhaps there will be a shapeshifter there or an evil vampire luring youth into the projection booth for late-night feedings.





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