Island of Secrets What if…it’s not lonely being a writer?

I’m a naturally talkative, gregarious person who thrives in the company of others. Having spent the first three decades of my life on the stage and screen, I admit I still miss the buzz of performing and the joy of directing. Since writing is a solitary profession, I’ve had to adapt to spending hours alone at the keyboard. However, magic can still happen, even alone.

What if…self-publishing takes too much time?

As someone who thrives on a challenge, I ventured into self-publishing my romantic suspense, Retribution. The story of Jessie, Brad and his dog, Whiskey has been a winner with readers. It’s received 5star reviews from Amazon Top 500 Reviewers and achieves an average rating consistently above 4 stars on Amazon

What if…it’s time to party?

I love to party! And throwing a launch party for my new releases is always fun. There’s usually lots of friends and readers sipping champagne and talking all things bookish.

What if…it hurts?

Over the past few months, I’ve ventured along the self-publishing pathway with my next book, Retribution. I vowed not to be beaten by the myriad of things I had to learn. At the end of long, gruelling days, I didn’t have a head ache, but I could feel my brain expanding in my skull. I’d developed better thinking muscles, because I’d learned so many new things in a condensed time frame. It felt good to be challenging myself.

What if…it’s more than the writing?

Like many writers, when I first started out, my dream was to be offered a contract by a publisher. I was one of the lucky ones. I was offered a contract by Luminosity Publishing for my first three erotic romances, the Dance of Love series. It was a great confidence-booster and allowed me to spend most of my time writing.

What if…it’s not just about the story?

I’m an impassioned person and inspired writer. The story ideas which take up residence in my mind and hunker down in my body come to me basically complete. I do not think about what I’m going to write next. The next story idea presents itself to me as a gift. My job it to say thanks and accept it. Whether the story fits a trope, or is what the market is looking for, or is left-of-field, I never consider. Like being given a present, I don’t judge the value of the gift. I just accept it with grace and appreciation.

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?

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?