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How do you find the appropriate setting for the story, or does it find you?
Research always helps to find the setting for a story. I’m always reading up on British shires and counties, the social Season in London, smaller towns and cities, and country estates. When a story pops into my head, the research I’ve conducted from weeks, months, or years before match the setting to the idea.
What is your support system for you writing? Family, friends, other writers?
These past weeks I’ve expressed the importance of my family and friends in both my private life and writing life. I am forever grateful to the support I receive from these terrific gems, but I’ve neglected to say the community of writers I’ve integrated myself into is the backbone to my support system. My family and friends know my passion for writing, but none can relate to the successful triumphs and bitter rejections in the way a fellow writer can. The authors I’ve come to know through my publishers, the RWA, my writing chapter, and even Romance Weekly are huge staples.
What is the worst writing advice you ever received, and how do you deal with it?
Hmm… Most of the advice I have received is fantastic. I’ve applied almost everything I’ve learned from those with vast experience to my writing, both on the creative and business ends. Perhaps the only advice I’ve heard and never used is to keep my manuscripts at an arm’s length, meaning do not become too attached. I see how this might be valuable to some writers, especially from a business standpoint, but I cannot help the love that forms for a manuscript. Night after night I write, and my attachment for the story is bound to deepen with each word. How could I not become attached to a story that seems to have vaporized out of thin air and onto a page, with me acting as the creative medium? I do not know how, but I’d prefer to remain ignorant to the answer.
I am not the only author participating in Romance Weekly! There are over a dozen other writers participating in this fun and fabulous event where each Tuesday we will go behind the scenes about writing, publishing, and romance novels! The next author this week is Jo Richardson! Follow the link to see how she beautifully answered these same questions.