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
After a wonderful book launch for Retribution, I’ve had my head-down on the marketing, preparing for the launch of my next book and writing the first of my Diana Daniels mysteries. Go, go, go! I keep going because there is an equation to living a successful, happy and fulfilling life. And in its simplest terms it is this… The energy you expend = the energy you get back. The more you give, the more you receive. In my own life, I’ve discovered this to be true. Wherever I place my energy that is where I generate results. From an author’s perspective, this means keep on writing books.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Although it may feel real, it’s isn’t.
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!
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
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.