Meet me at the diner – Contemporary romance author Jennifer Wilck

Posted Nov 3 2017 in , , , , ,

If you read my blog regularly, you know that I occasionally feature writer friends in a series called “Meet Me at the Diner.” Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Jennifer Wilck, a contemporary romance author with the Wild Rose Press. I met Jennifer at the Romance Writers of America’s national conference in New York City […]

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Meet me at the diner: Susanna Bavin author of “The Deserter’s Daughter”

Posted Jun 30 2017 in , , , ,

In this occasional series on my blog, I’m chatting with my friend Susanna Bavin, whose debut novel, The Deserter’s Daughter, was published on June 22nd. Susanna and I are both members of the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) in the UK. We met via Twitter and haven’t stopped emailing since! She’s a dear and supportive friend […]

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What’s in a name?

Posted Oct 21 2016 in , , , ,

In the past month, I’ve been called Rebecca, Mary, Megan, and Jessica. At church last Sunday, another parishioner asked me where “Jennifer” was, mixing up English Rose and I.   Together with a struggle to name a character in my work in progress, and a report in Britain’s Daily Mail  newspaper that nearly a fifth of parents regret […]

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Life lessons in ABC

Posted Jun 3 2016 in , , , , , ,

We’ve all had times which have brought more life lessons than we wanted to learn. As the primary caregiver for a child diagnosed with a chronic illness, the past five months have been that way for me. Yet, as I look back, I realize that maybe they were lessons I needed to learn and they’re […]

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Music in life and stories

Posted Jan 29 2016 in , , ,

Confession. I’ve listened to a lot of songs by The Partridge Family lately. Along with ABBA, Jace Everett, Dean Brody, Bruce Springsteen, Sam Hunt and a Mozart flute concerto. Why such an eclectic mix? Like many authors, I have a playlist for each book I write. Music that says something about a character and their […]

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My Romance Writers of America (RWA)® conference 2015, from A to Z

Posted Jul 31 2015 in , , , ,

As some of you know, I was in New York City last week for the 35th RWA® conference. This annual event is the biggest gathering of romance writers in the world. As a first-time attendee and 2015 Golden Heart® finalist, it was an exciting, overwhelming and never-to-be-forgotten experience. Here’s my conference, from A to Z. Authors Several thousand […]

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Ten things I wish I’d known about the writing life

Posted May 22 2015 in , ,

A friend working on her first fiction manuscript emailed me this week to ask if I had “any words of wisdom” to share. I answered her privately, but her questions made me think about the things I wish I’d known when I started writing in pursuit of publication. Find your voice I’ve dabbled in genres like nibbles at a tapas […]

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We can (not) do it all

Posted Sep 26 2014 in ,

As a teenager, I had an image of my adult self. I wanted a job where I carried a briefcase and wore a suit. The message I’d received was girls could do it all – have a successful career, happy family life and an immaculate home too. I was reminded recently of the teenage girl […]

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Making memories at the RNA conference 2014

Posted Jul 18 2014 in , , ,

Last weekend, I attended the conference of the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) held on the beautiful, rural campus of Harper Adams University near Telford, England.  Learning about craft From sessions on taking control of plot and using setting more effectively, to tips on writing linked books and romantic comedy, I came away inspired, motivated and […]

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What writing news releases taught me about writing romance

Posted Apr 25 2014 in ,

One summer, I had a part-time job writing news releases. The work was repetitive, mind numbing and, as the days slipped by, I questioned its value beyond the much-needed pay check. Years later, I appreciate that job taught me valuable lessons about writing craft – ones I now use as a romance writer. 1. Get […]

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