Romance Weekly #lovechatwrite


‘Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn’t you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all….. About our writing of course! Every week we’ll answer questions and after you’ve enjoyed the blog on this site we’ll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.’

1. How much of yourself do you write into your characters? Or do you write characters completely opposite you?

We all grow and change as people. I am not the same person I was three years, five years ago, or even a decade ago. So when I wrote In Her Dreams, I included elements of my current self and past self into the two heroines of the novella.  Evangeline Vernon has a feisty personality and stubbornness I’ve come to find, while Angela Vernon, the sister to Evangeline, has a serious lack of confidence I once possessed.

For my January 2015 release, Love Amidst the Egyptian Sands, I tried to base the decisions of my heroine on the opposite of what I’d do. I’m not sure if it panned out, but I know the story turned out very well 🙂

But, mostly, I try to base my heroes, heroines, and secondary characters on the people in my life.I also mix the qualities and characteristics of those I know to form complete characters. This creates a balance in my writing, a freshness to my characters, and plots where my characters make decisions I necessarily wouldn’t.

2. Has your writing helped you see events in your own life clearer?

Yes. In Her Dreams taught me to always strive for the dreams I want. Mine was publication, and I achieved it. Love Amidst the Egyptian Sands taught me to enjoy the discoveries life holds, even if it is just a renewal of the past. And my current WIP is teaching me to not judge a book by a cover…even if he is a rogue 😉

3. Have you written a character with more of your personal characteristics than any other? What are they?

Hmmm… The heroine in one of my two current works-in-progress seems to be most like me. She makes all of her decisions in the manner I would, feels the outsider on occasion, adores her family and friends, grows into her own as I have done in recent years, and devotes her heart to writing. Now, if only I had her hero…


I am not the only author participating in Romance Weekly! There are two 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 Ronnie Allen! Follow the link to see how she beautifully answered these same questions.


5 thoughts on “Romance Weekly #lovechatwrite”

  1. When I began writing I used family members to base my characters off of before the book was finished however, some of the family members characteristics changed so I can completely relate to people growing and changing 🙂 I loved your blog!!!

  2. What an interesting thing and something I never thought of, that elements of yourself you added to a character would be so different a few years down the line 🙂

  3. I haven’t tried that opposite thing yet, but both you and Collette mentioned doing it. Makes me think

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