Author Virna DePaul gives readers insight into the actual writing of the story and the physical impact it can have on the writer too – remember, every week 5 randomly chosen commenters win a FREE book – winners announced on Sunday – good luck!
I used to imagine the ideal writer’s life this way: think Colin Firth in the movie Love Actually. Lush countryside. Beautiful Italian villa. Tons of peace and quiet. The reality is, of course, something different. Stress is a part of it, but I try to remember that’s not always a bad thing.
Fact is, we (not just writers, but humans in general) need stress. Stress can save lives. It energizes and motivates. It moves our bodies. Even gravity is considered a stressor. Stress grounds us and enables us to appreciate the lighter moments in our lives.
Like anything—marriage, motherhood, school, friendship, etc—writing comes with ups and downs. One of my current ups? I’m celebrating the launch of my Special Investigations Group series with HQN. The series follows a group of DOJ special agents that is the state equivalent of the FBI. The first book, Shades Of Desire, releases May 22, 2012. I hope you’ll give it a try!
Natalie Jones is the lucky survivor of an elusive killer who preys on young women and then disappears from view. And since her harrowing ordeal, the once gutsy photojournalist has remained isolated in her home, paralyzed by fear and her failing vision.
Special Agent Liam “Mac” McKenzie has scars of his own. But despite his efforts to ignore the attraction that simmers between him and Natalie, he needs her help to catch a predator. Soon, they will forge a tentative alliance—charged with desire. Through a soft-focus lens, Natalie dares to envision a future with Mac beyond the investigation…never guessing that the clues hidden within her photographs are drawing them into an explosive confrontation with a madman.
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Now, to give you a small idea of the ups and downs in a romance writer’s life, here are 15 ways to know that you might be a romance writer:
• People often ask when you’re going to write a “real” book.
• You walk around muttering, “the same but different.”
• Your office is a Starbucks.
• Your Internet History would horrify your neighbors.
• You scour magazines for pictures of your “ideal” man, pin them to your bulletin board, and don’t even feel guilty when your husband sees them.
• You find yourself wondering how you can make a “zombie” story sexy.
• You know the difference between a WIP, an MS, and an HEA.
• You pay people to reject you (contests).
• People reject you for free (queries).
• You’re surprised when people don’t reject you.
• You want people all over the world to recognize your name while at the same time you want to fade into the background.
• Your kids ask you whether you love your computer more than you love them.
• You bring an extra suitcase with you to your annual conference.
• You consistently wonder if your scenes are “hot yet tasteful.”
• You believe that rather than misleading people about what they can have, you are empowering them to demand what they deserve.
Got stress? Need some? The key is balance. Moderation. Keep your focus on what makes you happy and what doesn’t. And if all else fails…read a good book or rent Love Actually. Always works for me!
Are you balancing the stress in your life? What’s your favorite stress reliever?
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