• Writer or Author

    When people ask me what I do, my answer sometimes depends on how and why they ask the question. If it’s a random, we-just-met-at-an-event kind of query, I choose my answer based on how involved I want to get in the conversation. I know how bitchy that sounds, but sometimes, you just don’t want to have a long conversation with someone you know for certain is going to immediately chortle when you tell them you’re a romance writer. So those folks get “I’m a freelance copy editor.” Then the conversation can steer toward “Oh, I bet that’s interesting,” rather than a smirking “Really? Like 50 Shades? Heh, heh.” Yeesh… Sometimes…

  • Celebrating Seasoned Romance: Lina Rehal

    Today we’re featuring Lina Rehal, a self-published author who writes contemporary romance, nostalgia, memoirs, and slice-of-life stories. Her first book, Carousel Kisses, is a collection of nostalgic stories, personal essays and poems about growing up in the late ‘50’s and early ‘60’s. She combines her passion for fiction and love of storytelling in her contemporary romance novels. Her two romance books, October In New York and Loving Daniel, Book One of her Tucker’s Landing Series, are available on Amazon.com in both print and Kindle formats. NAN: Welcome Lina. Tell us what you are currently working on or promoting. LINA: Hi, Nan. Thank you for having me on your blog. I’m…

  • Celebrating Seasoned Romance: Jennifer Theriot

    USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Theriot (pronounced Terrio) hails from the Great State of Texas. She is a career woman, working as CFO of a Texas based real estate investment firm by day and does her writing at nights and on weekends. In her limited spare time, Jennifer enjoys being outdoors; preferably somewhere on a beach curled up with a good book. Spending time with family and friends, listening to music, watching a baseball game and enjoying a good bottle of wine are usually on her to-do lists. She’s mom to three grown children and ‘MiMi’ to five grandkids – all of whom she adores! Jennifer took a chance that…

  • Celebrating Seasoned Romance: Liz Durano

    Today’s featured author of seasoned romance is Liz Durano–although Liz majored in Journalism in college, she discovered that she preferred writing fictional stories and poetry over news and ad copy.  She currently lives in Los Angeles and when she’s not listening to her Muses, she’s drinking coffee and stepping over her son’s Legos all over the place. But I’m going to let her tell you a little bit more about herself… LIZ: I’ve been writing since I was about eleven or twelve, back when I played with paper dolls and then later when I fell in love with anime cartoons and wrote and drew their stories. By eighth grade, I…

  • Celebrating Seasoned Romance–Why?

    This month, I’m featuring authors who write seasoned romance–stories with characters who are over 40 and finding a second or even a third or fourth chance at love. Way back in February 2012, as I was writing the first Women of Willow Bay novels, I wrote this blog and it feels just a relevant today as it did then. Let me know what you think. I’m bugged. It seems that romance novels are the bailiwick of characters who are younger than 40. If 40 is the new 30 and 50 is the new 40, then how come romance after 50 isn’t sexy anymore? Well, folks, I’ve got big news–sexy is…

  • Celebrating Seasoned Romance: Kathleen Lawless

    I was delighted to be able to sit down for a chat with romance author, Kathleen Lawless, who told me her earliest memories are of wanting to be a writer. To create stories that would touch the lives of others who love to read the way she does. She said, “I’m working on my 24th novel and it’s amazing to see the changes in traditional publishing, including e-books and the opportunities writers have to interact with their readers.” She enjoys pushing the boundaries of traditional romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction, and stories for young adults. Kathleen also knows firsthand about happy endings. “Can you believe I wrote A Hard Man…

  • Celebrating Seasoned Romance: Jan Scarbrough

    I had such a great time celebrating Indiana Romance Authors last month that I decided to ask some of my fellow writers of seasoned romance to stop by. So all during the month of February, I’m featuring authors who primarily write novels about characters in the prime of life. First up is Jan Scarbrough, who is the author of two popular Bluegrass series, and writes heartwarming contemporary romances about home and family, single moms and children, and if the plot allows, about another passion—horses. Living in the horse country of Kentucky makes it easy for Jan to add small town, Southern charm to her books and the excitement of a…

  • Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors: Melanie Jayne

    I’m pleased to welcome my IRWA chapter buddy, Melanie Jayne, today. Melanie tells me she doesn’t know what she wants to be when and if she ever grows up. She’s worked retail, recorded hearings in a Federal Courtroom, worked behind the scenes with security at a casino, and currently she is living her dream writing Romance. She plots and plans from her farm in central Indiana that she shares with her husband and two mastiffs, Ginger and Duncan Keith. When she isn’t creating she can be found watching sports, searching for the perfect mascara and reading. She also loves questionable TV: Any Real Housewives, The Steve Wilkos Show, and Live…

  • Celebrating Indiana Romance Authors: Ravenna Tate

    Today’s featured author is Ravenna Tate–another Indiana author that I haven’t met yet. I’m hoping I will meet her at the next IRWA meeting! Ravenna lives in the Midwest where it’s cold six months out of the year, but inside her stories you’ll find plenty of heat. The sex is hot, the men are alpha, and the women give them a run for their money. We had a fun interview together, and she has inspired me to start watching Game of Thrones. NAN: Tell us what you are currently working on or promoting.  RAVENNA: The sixth and last book in my Demons on Wheels MC series – Vassago’s Reckoning –…

  • Celebrating Indiana Romance Writers: Sydney Scrogham

    I have to confess that I’ve never met today’s author, but once I read her bio, I was dying to, so I am really happy for a chance to interview Sydney Scrogham! Here’s her bio in her own words: I’m Sydney, and I’m a heart healing writer and writing coach. I love helping people write for heart healing who are struggling with insurmountable emotional pain or a lifeless manuscript. My clients love how I understand and guide them when we work together. But at the end of the day, what really matters is that you get a vibrant, fulfilled life, and a story with soul. I’m more than just a…

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