Marissa and I had a phone conversation of hours talking about all things in life and of course, books. Marissa directed me towards a series that instantly grabbed my attention and I'm so very happy that Lisa Hendrix is here in my Realm today talking about romance and her Immortal Warriors series. So I'm giving the floor over to this wonderful author and hope you all have a fantastic friday with her in my Realm :)
Five Things I Learned While Writing Romance Novels
1) That my husband can’t proofread for me.
He gets too wrapped up in the writing to remember to pay attention to silly things like spelling, grammar, punctuation, and story logic. The good part is that he thinks I’m brilliant—but that doesn’t count once the manuscript goes out the door.
2) That animals are easier to train than children.
Both of mine are old enough to drive now, but as soon as I’m immersed in something and that last bit of my attention goes off them, they’ll interrupt me just like when they were five. The cat (and formerly, the dog) will just lie down beside me and leave me alone.
3) To set timers.
Otherwise, I forget my children. Forget to bathe. Forget to eat. No, not that one; I never forget to eat, but I do forget the food on the stove. And those other things. My kids learned early on that if they didn’t see me by the time the other kids had been picked up, they should go back in to the school and have the office lady call me. Bad mommy. Now that I think of it, this is probably the reason they feel they need to remind me every few minutes that they’re around...
4) It’s not just about the chocolate.
It’s also about the readers, the friendships, the stories, the pride of seeing a finished book on the shelves, and the fascinating characters who live in my head, especially those brooding Viking heroes. And the chocolate—the darker, the better.
5) That my sister romance authors are the most generous writers out there.
I’ve been flip up to now, but this one’s serious.
One of the only major writers organization that allows unpublished writers full, voting membership is Romance Writers of America. That says a lot right there. But then you go to an RWA National Conference (http://www.rwanational.org/cs/conferences_and_events) (as I will this July) and discover 2000 women sharing their best writing secrets, introducing each other to agents and editors, brainstorming, banding together for promotion, and partying till the sun rises and you realize you’re a part of something extraordinary: a true sisterhood that flows from the hearts of the writers to each other and thence to the readers.
And that’s something to celebrate.
Giveaway: What have you learned from reading or writing romance? Share you answer in the comments to be entered to win your choice of my books. Open to anyone, anywhere.
Now the bit about the books and me:
I’ve written western romances and contemporary romantic comedy (including Runaway Bay, which was published in Dutch under the title “Alles Voor Een Miljoen?”), but these days, I’m busy with a series of paranormal historical romances about a crew of Vikings cursed to be immortal were-beasts. Each man in the Immortal Brotherhood takes form of his fylgja, or spirit animal companion, switching back and forth every dawn and dusk. It’s a lonely, painful, miserable existence, made more so by the vindictive scheming of the sorceress Cwen, intent on punishing them through the ages for killing her son. I do love to torture my heroes.
I live in southern Oregon in a household made up of computer geeks, theater-kids, and a variety of animals who all think I’m a pain when I’m on deadline. You can email me at lisa (at) lisahendrix.com (please include one of my book titles in the subject line to avoid spam filters), and you’ll find my blog, contests, information on past and future books, and an ever changing collection of surprises and freebies, and miscellanea, including special information and programs for readers groups, all on my website.
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