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What if…

Welcome to my blog. I’ve enjoyed many careers as an entertainer, educator, businesswoman and author. Throughout it all, I’ve been a passionate voice in a wilderness of white noise. So it’s not surprising, here I am again. Being me, shouting out, waving my hands in the air, kicking up my heels and sharing with you a very important question... What if?

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What if…writer’s block is an illusion?

In the short time I’ve been on my writing journey, I’ve heard and read much about writer’s block. That dreaded dark space where ideas fear to tread. A kind of no-man’s-land waiting to swallow up any unsuspecting creativity lingering on the edge of the writer’s mind. In its simplest terms, writer’s block is fear. A fear of not being able to be creative and write. It would be like saying there is dancer’s block… a dancer is too afraid to dance. There is no such thing.

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What if…I win with my unpublished manuscript?

I couldn’t believe it when my name was announced as the winner of the Best Unpublished Romance Manuscript 2017 at the Romance Writers of Australia conference in August. What a wonderful surprise!

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What if…my puppies want in on my writing?

One of the greatest joys in my life is my furry family. My darling shih tzu puppies, KoKo and Chanel are with me everyday in my office as I tap into my inspiration to create my stories. No matter how many hours I spend writing or editing, they are there. Perched on my desk or under my feet, their patience is remarkable as neither will leave my office until I do, day or night. Sometimes their snoring is louder than my background music, which pleases me enormously as it shifts my focus from writing to their glorious presence. My dogs are my gods, sustaining me with their love, loyalty and forgiveness. In fact, they are my muse, demonstrating what love is truly about. If I can capture some of that in my romance novel relationships, I have them to thank for it

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What if…there’s just so much to do?

Twenty-first century life runs at a frenetic pace. Much faster than the twentieth century – I assure you. Every day there is more to do and seemingly less hours in the day. Personally, I’ve found each year whizzes past faster and faster. In the midst of doing my daily life, including managing a successful business, family commitments and developing my writing career, there’s little time for much else.

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What if…I win again?

Imagine my surprise when on Valentine’s Day this year, I receive news that the other two erotic romances in my Dance of Love series, Tiny Dancer and Dance to a Gypsy Beat, won Luminosity Publishing Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Book and Best Cover 2016. Last year, when my debut novel, Dancing Queen, the first book in the series won Luminosity Publishing Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Book and Best Cover for 2015, I was stunned. Now, to have won the Readers’ Choice Awards two years running, is magic.

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What if…rejections just keep coming?

Toward the end of 2016, I completed my fourth book. A mysterious romantic suspense, set in Melbourne and rural New South Wales, it is a story of family betrayal, buried secrets, unrequited revenge and hope. Here’s a quick blurb…

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What if…inspiration doesn’t come?

I have always been a highly creative person and as such, I learned not to push my creativity. As 2016 came to a close, I had a number of new story ideas floating around in my mind, however none of them cheered loudly enough ‘write me, write me.’ So I let go and leaned into my inspiration.

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Merry Christmas Everyone

May the sparkle of the festive season bring you great joy, peace and love, and last throughout this coming year…

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What if…you want to gift someone something special?

As Christmas hurtles towards us, maybe you’re still looking for something special for a special someone. Why not give them the gift of some sizzling, hot romance reads for the festive season?

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What if…time slips away?

The second half of 2016 has truly slipped away. Crammed with so much inspiration and activity, I have repeatedly moved my blogging to my To-Do list week after week. But to scold myself would be counter-productive. As an author my first commitment must be to my writing, and I’ve been thrashing out my fifth manuscript – a contemporary women’s fiction with romantic and suspense elements. Moving into this mainstream genre has given me more scope to delve even deeper into my characters to elicit more emotion for them and the reader.

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What if…I publish three books in just over a year?

If someone had told me when I started this journey to be a published author, that I would have my first three books published in just over a year, I would have thought they were overly optimistic. But it happened!The third book in my Dance of Love series, Dance to a Gypsy Beat, was published on 4 August 2016. Like the other erotic romances I’ve written in this series, I loved writing this book as well. As in the others, the divine feminine appears to help the heroine on her journey.

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What if…it just bets better and better?

I learned a long time ago, that unless we expect magic and miracles to abound in our lives, they won’t. It is no accident why dreams come true… Dreams comes true because of the intention, attention and action taken on their behalf.

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What if…I get it right?

The launch of my second erotic romance Tiny Dancer, Dance of Love, Book Two was so much fun. As Tiny Dancer is set in the Moulin Rouge Paris, a group of friends and readers joined me for the French-themed event, where we drank bubbly, ate delicious food and generally partied to celebrate. I love my book launches as it gives me a chance to interact with my readers. I love to hear how the characters in my books impact them – who they like, who they don’t like and what their favourite part of the story is.

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What if…my stories are too out there?

As a woman who has always done things differently to most people, the question of being ‘too out there’ has been a constant in my life. Never one to back down from a challenge or to stand up for the rights of others, I have found myself on the leading edge when others falter. It is the eternal spirit within compelling me forward to express the truth of me, no matter how crazy the world may see me.

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What if…I get to meet my readers?

I love meeting and talking with people. And at the Readers & Writers Down Under Convention on the Gold Coast in March, I was in my element. My workshop Putting Eros into Erotic Romance gave readers and writers the opportunity to learn not just about creating successful sex scenes, but I also shared with them how I work with the divine feminine in my writing process.

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What if…I can’t keep up?

On 1st March, Tiny Dancer, Dance of Love, Book Two was released. The merry-go-round spins once more. Gotta claim the book on all the Amazon websites, Goodreads and the rest. Spend more time sending out newsletters, Facebook posts, blogs etc, telling everyone about your new release. I’m on the never-ending promotion wheel for Tiny Dancer while simultaneously desperately trying to sell Dancing Queen. I guess what I learned is…I can’t do everything or be everywhere no matter how hard I try.

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What if…something unexpected happens?

Do you remember the timeless musical The Sound of Music? Where the Captain and Maria finally reveal their love for each other as they stand in the rotunda in the moonlight? And she sings, For somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good… Well that’s exactly how I felt on 14 February… somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good! Dancing Queen was voted Readers Choice Best Book and Best Cover 2015 in Luminosity Publishing’s Awards. Woo-hoo! What a wonderful Valentine’s Day surprise.

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What if…plotting and pantsing go hand-in-hand?

The new year started with a bang! Aside from the hurly-burly of promoting Dancing Queen and preparing my workshop presentations for the Readers & Writers Down Under Conference in March, I began plotting Dance to a Gypsy Beat, Dance of Love, Book Three.

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What if…there isn’t enough time?

I cannot recall recently hearing anyone exclaiming they have enough time to do all the things they need or want to do. The usual catch-cry from all of us, particularly writers, is that there isn’t enough time. It seems that everyone suffers from time debt and as I neared the end of this year, I had to keep affirming to myself there was enough time, there was enough time.

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What if…readers like my book?

This is a biggie for authors. Will people like my book? Will they get me?
Since I write love stories laced with the divine feminine and with a twist in the ending, I wasn’t sure how readers would respond.
Writing a book is like making an investment in your future and honest reviews are indicators whether you’ve made the right investment.

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What if…this is my Fifty Shades?

I had to laugh when the Gold Coast Bulletin article appearing soon after my book launch referred to Dancing Queen as Fifty Shades of Diane. Although not quite the case, the universe’s irony was not lost on me at all.

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What if…this is too much fun?

What a silly question… you can never have too much fun in life!
As someone who loves a party and has been responsible for directing and managing multi-million dollar events, I thoroughly enjoyed my paperback book launch.
Autographing copies of Dancing Queen, reading excerpts and chatting with my friends, readers and the press was seriously fabulous. I can’t wait for the next book launch.
Have you always celebrated your successes?

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What if…I am on purpose?

Feelings on unworthiness, emptiness and confusion can oftentimes become so overwhelming that depression seeps into the core of a person, shackling them from expressing their power and purpose. However I discovered there are antidotes to these crippling emotions, in the form of creative expression, personal peace and a passion for living.

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What if…my life changes?

Bingo! that’s what I wanted. A change of direction and of career. Not that I was unhappy where I was before I embarked on this writing journey. It’s just that I had more to offer and more to be.
Life is so short. The last thirty years of my life flew past in a twinkling of an eye and I don’t doubt the next thirty will be even speedier.

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What if…it all happens?

This seems a silly question, but whenever we energise a destiny we desire there can be a residual thought of what happens if this all does happen. Questioning the very thing we desire the most demonstrates we still doubt the power of our intention. For me, I knew this questioning was detrimental to my destiny. Instead I chose to take time to rejoice and celebrate in becoming a published author.

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What if…being a published author is simple?

Throughout my life there is one critical lesson I learned. Life may not always be easy, but it is simple. There are basic universal laws operating at all times and in order for us to generate the results we desire most, we need to understand these laws. Everything is energy and as such we act as energetic transmitters attracting to us circumstances and conditions based on the vibrational energy at which we resonate on a consistent basis.

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What if…I got a great cover?

The thrill of receiving a cover mock-up from your publisher can only be exceeded by getting a cover you absolutely love! And this is what happened with the cover Luminosity Publishing sent to me for my first book – Dancing Queen. Encapsulating exactly the creative images I wrote in my brief, they nailed it. Sure it’s not your usual run-of-the-mill cover with the buff, half naked men, but it does capture the essence of my story. Maybe the cover won’t champion my book sales but only time will tell. Dancing Queen in paperback certainly leaps out off the shelves next to all the other dark covered erotic romance books.
What do you think?

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What if…I pull out all the stops?

Never one to do things by halves, I decided to go the ‘full monty’ and invest in a book trailer. Having been a director, choreographer and entertainer, I knew exactly what I wanted to convey to the viewer. The book trailer needed to capture the essence of my story, reflecting its upbeat, modern, sexy style and give the viewer a taste of how I saw my characters in my mind’s eye.

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What if…my assigned editor doesn’t like my style?

I couldn’t wait to work with an editor. To think I had someone far more learned than me reviewing my work and offering suggestions and corrections thrilled me to the core. Here was a chance for me to learn from a professional and one which I didn’t have to pay. Elizabeth Tasker from Luminosity was sensational. She ‘got’ my story, my characters and the concept of love stories with a twist.

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What if…publishers do want my book?

As a hopeful author, I had no idea just how much time it would take to research the vast number of international publishers, short-list them and then submit my MS to each, either through direct email or online via their submission website. Weeks I spent trying to find the best publishing avenues which were not only a fit for my book but seemed to be a good fit with me.

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What if…no publisher wants my work?

In order to minimize the number of rejections I might receive for my first manuscript (MS) submission, I honed my writing skills, focussed on my craft and decided to submit the best work I could create at the time. Therefore once I’d finished the MS, I edited it at least another ten times, polishing words, sentence structure and phrases. I took advice from experienced authors and actually put the manuscript in a drawer for about a month and worked on another project. Then when I returned to it, I had a fresh point of view and made more changes.

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What if…my books are lost in the plethora of books?

I think this insidious doubt rears its head for many authors as most of us love to share our stories with others. Deep within me abides a desire to entertain, educate or inspire my readers through my writing and storytelling. I write because I love the process and to see my characters come to life on the page, but the cherry on the top is for these stories to reach readers who also find them enriching and entertaining.

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What if…my significant others aren’t too impressed?

Who cares! Well that’s not quite right. We all need to consider our civilian life of lovers, partners, family and friends, but we hope they will demonstrate their love by supporting us. Before embarking on this lonely, crazy journey to authorhood, I’d discussed my dream with my husband. Well, it was more like I stamped my foot, laid down the law and said unapologetically, “It’s my turn now.” By doing so, I’d opened the floodgates in committing myself to this dream, to this new destiny. Something within me would now no longer be denied. There was a stirring in my soul which commanded my attention.

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What if…I’m fooling myself?

God, am I an idiot or what? I’m 56years of age and giving up hours every night to study online creative writing courses. Isn’t this the time when we baby-boomers are supposed to be living on easy street and relaxing? But, ever since I was in the womb, I’d been a rebel with a cause. Afterall, Bryce Courtney didn’t start his writing career until he was about 56, so damn it, so could I.

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What if…I can’t be a published author?

This is the very next question that pops up in a writer’s mind once they decide to have their precious words committed to print for all time. Although, throughout my life I’d toyed with the idea of being an author, I never thought I’d write erotic fiction but bam! That’s what sprang to mind. A love story, I couldn’t believe it. However, because I grew up reading Agatha Christie mysteries, my love story has a twist in its happy-ever-after. It’s not the normal, run-of-the-mill romance. It’s a modern story with a little sting.

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What if… I can be a published author?

Back in 2013, I asked myself this question after I finally read Fifty Shades of Grey, once the rest of the world devoured it. I refrained from reading the book for as long as I could but finally succumbed.

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Award winning author, Diane Demetre is a storyteller at heart and whether entertaining, educating, speaking or writing, she is passionate about life and sharing it with you. She writes love stories with a twist, featuring empowered heroines who live life to the fullest on their terms, much like the author herself.

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Diane Demetre
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