Wonderful World of Authors

It’s been nine months since I received the email from Wild Rose Press that they wanted my story, and over that time I have come across a large number of wonderful authors. Unfortunately I have only met a fraction of them in person, but one thing I have come to find is authors are an encouraging and supportive group of people.

In addition to the on-line group of “Roses” (fellow authors) at Wild Rose Press, I belong to the Toronto Romance Writers (in person and on-line) and to a number of on-line groups. Technically we are all competitors, but you would never know it by how willing everyone is to share their experiences and knowledge.

My recent blog tour was a perfect example of author generosity…Authors willingly inviting & promoting other authors on their websites. I would like to send out a big THANK YOU to all of those authors that hosted me: Delilah Devlin, Rachel Brimble, Linda Carroll-Bradd, Babette James, Calisa Rhose, and the ladies at Great Romance Productions and Wild Women Authors.

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Most recently, I have delved into the world of critique partners…Other authors who read and help edit your drafts. In addition to hopefully improving your work, critiquing ensures you develop a thick skin because sorry, they aren’t going to love it as much as you. (Personally, I’d rather they caught my weak spots before I submit it to an editor.) The two authors that are critiquing me (Gina & JC) are wonderful, and I know there is no way I’m going to be able to offer them as much help as they are providing me. I hope, however, that I can offer at least some useful feedback for all the wonderful guidance they are giving, and maybe at some time in the future, I will be able to assist others the way these ladies are helping me.

Upcoming Blog Tour

The official release date for Silver Blade is this Wednesday July 24th.

To celebrate its release, I’m honoured to be visiting a number of other authors and their blogs. Stop by to learn about my hero – Oz, his lovely heroine – Angela, as well as more about me and my first published story, Silver Blade.

My schedule for the tour is as follows:

July 24th – an interview with Wild Rose Press

July 25th – A paranormal ranting with Delilah Devlin

July 29th – questions and answers at Great Romance Promotions

July 30th – more questions with Rachel Brimble

July 31st – musings about my writing life with Linda Carroll-Bradd

Aug 2nd – my heroine, Angela, stops by for an interview with Babette James

Aug 6th – I love answering questions, this time with Calisa Rhose

Aug 12th – my hero, Oz, has his turn at Wild Women Authors

I will be giving away a PDF copy of Siler Blade to two randomly selected people who visit and comment on one or more of my blog stops, so please drop by.

Enjoy what you have accomplished

I’ve been down on myself a lot lately because I haven’t had time to write.

Then I went to my monthly Toronto Romance Writers’ workshop, and listened to a wonderful panel of multi-published authors who talked about all the time they spend writing, their daily word-count goals, etc. And yes, everything you read and hear says that a writer must have daily goals. Sigh. I haven’t even had a chance to do anything with my writing in the last few months.

But then I read something yesterday that helped. It went something like this:
“If your writing isn’t a priority, then writing is your hobby. There is nothing wrong with that…but as a hobby, writing will tend to take a back seat to other more important aspects of your life. Your expectations must take that into account.”

And for me that is true. The ladies on the panel all wrote-full time. Even a number of people in my writing group don’t have fulltime jobs. My full time job keeps me busy from 7 – 4 each day, and then after that I’m usually running The Daughter to volleyball practice or tournaments. In between, I do the usual work around the house, do the payroll for my husband’s business, and yes, do my other hobbies. The latest, you can see here… Amish Cross Stitch

Does that mean that writing is not important to me? That I don’t want to continue to be published? No, not at all. I love writing. I’m thrilled to be published. And I want to write more and share my stories with all the wonderful readers out there. But I need to cut myself some slack.

I used to write in my head on my drives to work but now I work from home. I spend an hour or two each day following other writer’s blogs, staying involved with my writers’ groups, and taking courses. That is 7++ hours a week that previously might have been spent writing. I also seem to be reading a lot more lately, especially books by other authors of The Wild Rose Press.

So have I written anything lately? No. But I do feel I am still learning and growing as a writer.
Will I get back to my writing soon? I sure hope so. In fact, The Daughter goes away with her father for two weeks, maybe I need to schedule a day or two off the regular job just for me and my writing.

Regardless, I need stop getting down on myself and enjoy what I have accomplished. Silver Blade is available on Amazon now, with a general e-release date of July 24th. A lot of unpublished writers would love to be able to say that, and I should take joy from the fact that I can.