Category Archives: Romance

Exhilaration and fear of a First Draft

There’s something almost magical about sitting down to write something new. I often do it with very little idea of what I’m going to be writing about. Sometimes a core scene will hit me out of the blue and I’ll … Continue reading

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Romantic Comedies to Love: Intolerable Cruelty

I read that fewer and fewer romantic comedies are getting made (R.I.P. Romantic Comedies: Why Harry Wouldn’t Meet Sally in 2013) and I think that’s pretty sad. Now on the one hand, comedy is a difficult genre to pull of … Continue reading

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Before and After the Wedding done!

Before and After the Wedding, my angsty marriage-in-trouble romance, is DONE and off to my first readers! Yay! I’ve been celebrating with some delicious Lindt dark chocolate with whole hazelnuts. I heartily recommend it. 🙂 I’d thought to take a … Continue reading

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Amalfi Coast

I’m nearing the end of my edits of Before and After the Wedding. My characters are back at the beautiful Amalfi Coast in Italy and I’ve been looking over pictures to get the setting fresh in my mind before I … Continue reading

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Tortured characters—why do we love them?

Or perhaps I ought to say, “why do I love them?”. Because I do. Just last week I was down with a nasty cold, and wanted something engrossing to take my mind off things. I picked up three “angsty” romance … Continue reading

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Italy and Japanese Cartoons

I’m close to finishing my Italian-placed romance novel (tentatively titled Before and After the Wedding), and yesterday I was perusing some of the early scenes I wrote while still freewriting around the concept. Well, one of the “scenes” I found … Continue reading

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What makes something erotic, part II

Back in this post, I pondered what it is that makes something erotic by going at it backwards–that writing is definitely not erotic if the characters don’t care about sex. If they’re just going through the motions, as it were, … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas or Why a frigging utility closet?

You start out with an idea (and where does it come from? A topic for another day…). It’s a small kernel, something simple. But how does it grow, and just how do you take an idea from a kernel to … Continue reading

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What makes something erotic?

I got this question the other day and it got me thinking. There are probably, oh, about a million answers or so, but here’s one thing I thing I find essential for erotic writing at least: sex has to matter … Continue reading

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Agony/Ecstasy released

Agony/Ecstasy: Original Stories of Agonizing Pleasure/Exquisite Pain hits stores today! The anthology contains really varied takes on the twin emotions of pain and pleasure, so if that sounds fascinating to you, go snatch up a copy now.:) In my own … Continue reading

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