April 7, 2011

Plotting in the Shared World

In January, Sapphire Blue Publishing released the first shared world anthology that I participated in. Seven Souls a Leaping focused on the story of siblings Duncan and Sam and their cousin Tara. The idea for a shared world anthology began batting around between Lisa Pietsch, K.F. Zuzulo and I. We knew a handful of items when we got started: We knew our main protagonists were related We knew they were all psychically gifted (or cursed) We knew they were based out of Boston We knew they’d share a villain, one growing progressively more evil We knew they’d meet a soul […]
July 6, 2009

Paperback Heroes Week

Writing modern romance means writing about modern men, but remembering that women don’t just want Joe Blow, they want a paperback hero. They want Hugh Jackman from Kate & Leopold or John Cusack from Serendipity or even Hugh Grant from Notting Hill. They don’t want the guy who can’t make his life better. They don’t want the guy who pushes paper as a ho-hum accountant unless he is hiding his superhero nature under his bland exterior. Larger than Life Heroes Women want to be the one that Superman needs, that Batman allows himself to love or that Spiderman whisks in […]
June 28, 2009

The Secret Life of Pantsers

Yesterday at the Dallas Area Romance Authors meeting (my first time), Kathleen Baldwin gave this great presentation on the secret life of a pantser. A pantser for those of you, who don’t know, is a writer who creates by the seat of their pants. They don’t plot, they don’t draw up outlines, they sit down at the computer or with their pen and paper and they create. Letting the Genie Out of the Bottle As a pantser, outlining a story is one of the worst things I can do to myself. A couple of years ago, I got excited by […]