Brenna Aubrey, author extraordinaire, inspired me to do a post about my writer’s library. Her library is much more impressive than mine, but I love seeing authors’ spaces, so I thought I’d share it anyway.
This is the shelf in its entirety, mostly. There’s one more shelf above with a few research books—one of my favorites, Courtesans by Katie Hickman is up there. You’ll notice my little library is almost entirely bereft of how-to books (if you have spidey-vision and can read the impossibly small titles), and that’s because my right brain rebels against them. I can’t read one for the life of me. My good friend and fellow author, Cheryl Holt, has always told me the best way to learn the craft is to write a book, edit it, then write another one, and so on. Practice and repetition is the key.
I am a sucker for research books, though. I have some on Greek mythology, Egyptian mythology, life in the middle ages, and courtesans in Regency England. One of my other favorites is What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool. I’ve heard you have to be careful with that one, though, as it tends to intermix Regency and Victorian facts. I haven’t come across that, but I always double-check my facts anyway (or try to, to the very best of my ability).
The very top shelf is where my treasured romance books are housed. I recently culled this shelf, so it’s looking a little sparse at the moment, but some fixtures on my shelf are: A Hint of Wicked by Jennifer Haymore—Jen is my crit partner and a good friend, and this was her debut novel, so it has a special place of honor on The Shelf. Also up there are several Cheryl Holt novels, Vicky Dreiling, Sophia Nash, Tessa Dare and countless others, mostly Regencies, though I am a fantasy and paranormal nut too. These are my how-to books. These are the books I turn to when I ask myself “How is a good romance written?”
So that’s it! My little writerly library!
Welp, the second novella has been sent off to my amazing cp, Brenna Aubrey, for a thorough thrashing, er, I mean critique. Once I’ve gotten her comments back and I’ve made the necessary changes, it’ll go to my other, equally amazing cp, Jennifer Haymore. Once her comments come back, I’ll make more changes, and by then the novella might, maybe, possibly be ready to send to my agent, who will most likely make more comments. Then it will go to my editor, who will send me editorial notes.
It takes a village, people! This writing business isn’t for the faint of heart.
Okay, the blurbs for novellas 2 and 3 have passed the critique partner and agent tests. Whew! Now, they’re off to my editor (love saying that!). Keep your fingers crossed! If she approves, she might still need a synopsis for each—we’ll see.
In the meantime, I’m still thinking through the full-length series idea. Thinking in terms of series is HARD for me. I can think up a single-title idea, no problem—but connect them together?! Gah!
So that’s my challenge for the next few days. Luckily, I get to spend the weekend with my critique partner (a slumber party—yay!!), so things will be flushed out…er, fleshed out, soon.
My amazing critique partner, Brenna Aubrey, interviewed me for her chapter newsletter. I’m so excited! My first ever interview! You can read it HERE.
I’ll tell you something if you promise not to tell my cp, Brenna Aubrey. I don’t think she’d approve, so my confession can’t leave this blog.
Last night, when I should’ve been writing….I read Lair of the Lion by Christine Feehan instead. I realize that doesn’t sound terrible, but I’m on a strict 1,000 words a day (at least) schedule, and I can’t afford to lose any words, let alone a thousand of them. I really need to get this book done quickly. But when I sat down to write last night, I discovered my creative well was bone-dry. I couldn’t conjure up the energy to write for anything. So I did the next best thing. I read.
I only intended to read for a little while, fill-up the creative well, then get on with the writing. But Lair of the Lion swept me up and before I knew it, it was long past time to go to bed. Whoops. It had all the elements of a gripping romance—strong characters, mystery, action, and sizzling sex scenes.
I’m too lazy to summarize, so here is the blurb:
The Beast . . .
Rumor said the powerful Nicolai DeMarco could command the heavens, that the beasts below did his bidding . . . and that he was doomed to destroy the woman he took as wife. It was whispered he was not wholly human—as untamed as his tawny mane and slashing amber eyes.
Impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother. She’d even brave the haunted, accursed lair of the lion—the menacing palace of legendary, lethal Don Nicolai DeMarco.
Anyway, if you’re looking for something captivating to read, then pick it up. It was totally worth the 1,000 words I lost last night.
Things are moving slowly with the new Regency. I keep trying to prod it, to get it moving faster, but the book just snickers and continues to ignore me. And frankly, I’m not in the mood to argue with it. So, we plod along, 500 words here, 1,000 words there. Eventually the sucker will get done and I’ll have the last laugh.
In more exciting news, my cp, Brenna Aubrey, had her very first signing this past weekend for the Jane Austen Made Me do It anthology. She looked so natural behind her name plaque, signing books, all adorable and author-y. The first of many signings to come, I’m certain.
It’s here! It’s here! As of today, my amazing and talented crit partner, Brenna Aubrey, is officially published! Her short story “The Love Letter” is available now as part of the Jane Austen Made Me Do It anthology!
Check out her blog to read about her inspiring journey and her touching dedication.