The Power of Words

For MaryG's blog post

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”

I heard that a lot when I was growing up when someone called me names. Today we call that bullying and encourage our children to tell someone so we can hopefully stop it.

I remember repeating that phrase hoping to make it true. It never became true.

As an adult, I realize it is one of the biggest lie I was ever told.

Words don’t just hurt you, they have the power to destroy you.  They can cripple your motivation, creativity, and emotional wellbeing. Families have parted ways, friendships have been destroyed, marriages ended, jobs lost, and careers ruined all because of words.  Heck, wars have been started because of words.

We all understand that words are a powerful weapon.  So, who are these enemies that use words against us?

One of them would be the person you talk to the most, right?  And who is the person you talk to the most…yourself.

We talk to ourselves more than anyone else every day.  We are often our worst critic.

We don’t really set out to harm ourselves. Maybe we just repeat what someone said to us at some point in our life and we’ve internalized the words over time. Sometimes these negative words are born from an unnamed fear.

Everyone has said “I can’t do ___” at some point in their lives. At least, I don’t know anyone who hasn’t said it to themselves or even out loud.

Okay, so I really can’t stand on my head. I know adults who can, but I’m not one of them. But frankly, I’m not willing to put the effort into practicing standing on my head until I’m able to do it. So, the real truth isn’t that “I can’t stand on my head”, it’s “I don’t want to stand on my head.”  There is a big difference.

What we say to ourselves can be so toxic that we defeat any good that is in our lives.

If we say we can’t do something, pretty soon we are convinced that we can’t do it, and then we give up before we ever try. All because we believed what we’ve told ourselves.

“I’m stupid.” “I’m not good enough.” “I don’t measure up.”  The list is endless.  Some of those things may keep people in very unhealthy relationships and keep us repeating bad habits.

As a writer I fight my Evil Internal Editor (EIE) every time I sit down to write. Sometimes I begin fighting my EIE when I start thinking about sitting down to write.  “I’m tired.” “I’ll do it later,” “I’m not motivated.” Or my favorite.  “I’ll do it after I get X, Y and Z done.”

Do you KNOW how many Xs, Ys and Zs I can come up with?

There are books written about the power of words. I’m not even going to try to list them here. But visit a self-help section of a bookstore or online and you’ll find plenty of resources. There are so many books written because turning negative words into positive ones isn’t easy.

It takes five positive words to replace one negative word.

The first step is to acknowledge the negative things we think or say. You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.

Second, take every one that comes to your mind and turn it into a positive. Will it be easy? No. Will it be worth it? Yes.

At first you may be tempted to say “I can’t ___” and turn it into “I can ___” followed immediately by “Who are YOU kidding?

Every time I catch myself saying “I can’t write this book” I stop myself because “I can write this book.”  If you catch yourself saying “I don’t know how to write this book” turn it around to “I am learning more about writing every day.”

It takes daily effort to turn our negative self-talk into positive self-talk. It’s not a quick or easy fix. Remember that it takes five positives to erase one negative.

While words can be negative they can also be life giving.  If you’ve had a parent, teacher, friend or family member say, “you look nice” or “you did a great job” then you know it made you feel good.

As your words become positive, your attitude will grow more positive, and soon you will be able to accomplish the things that are important to you.

Good luck on your journey of changing your self-talk.

It will be worth it!

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Mary Gardner wears many hats as a Christian, mother, grandmother, writer, reader and manager of her homeowner’s association. She writes romance and romantic women’s fiction with small town settings. Although she is not yet published, she has been a finalist in several contests and won her category in a few. She was a 2007 RWA Golden Hearts finalist and the 2nd runner up in the 2008 – Harlequin Superromance® Conflict of Interest Contest. Mary is a member of RWA and is a RWA PRO. She lives with her cat near her family in a small town in Indiana.Her website: www.maryrosegardner.com

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Meet the Author on RWF

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It’s the first day of autumn, and we have our hard-working President here for an interview.

RWF: Would you say you write women’s fiction or romantic women’s fiction?

JL: Romantic women’s fiction. I need my romance! See my article here for my personal definition of the genre.

RWF: Do you write in other genres?

JL: I’ve written a couple of short stories in other genres. Second Chance Dress has no genre that can I name, but you can get a copy of it for free when you sign up for my newsletter. 😉 The other one is a time travel (yes, me!) that I’m waiting on for rights reversion before I self-publish.

 

RWF: What is your last published title?

JL: Sight for Sore Eyes. Here’s the blurb.

How many stick and stones can one woman survive?

Emma Finn once dreamed of being a photographer, capturing exotic landscapes and poignant vistas. Then a series of tragedies tore her life apart. All she craves now is stability—reliable, boring, safe.

How many bumps and bruises can one man take?

Ophthalmologist Asher Stockdale left big city life when his ex-wife took his young son away. When he met Emma, he pictured her as the centre of his new life in Clarence Bay. So why is he encouraging her to resurrect her old dream and go gallivanting around the globe? Dare he ask her to stay?

How many roadblocks can one romance encounter and still cherish the love?

If Emma goes to India, will she be able to heal, or will she regret her choice?

Carpenter ants, a rescued Pirate, and a pair of scheming seniors help Emma and Asher to see what really lies before their eyes.

You can read an excerpt at www.JoanLeacott.ca

 

RWF: What would be your number one tip you’d give to someone who’d just finished their first manuscript?

JL: Celebrate the amazing thing you’ve accomplished! Treat yourself to something special. Then let yourself, and the story, rest for three weeks before you start editing. That way you’ll both be fresh and ready to go. For the first pass, just read; resist the urge to edit. Note where you catch yourself smiling or are confused, angry, or tearful. The places of confusion get your attention first.

 

RWF: Do you have a running theme?

JL: Reconciliation. I didn’t start out with that in mind; a friend pointed it out. I find the revelations and growth required for honest reconciliation to be an endless source of conflict and resolution.

 

RWF: Where do you find inspiration?

JL: In the bottom of a pail of dirty water. 😉 When I’m engaged in mindless chores like washing floors, I reflect on events (large, small, recent, and past) in my life and that’s my greatest source of inspiration. My first story grew out of the sentence, ‘A woman goes home to help her sick mother’. I was cleaning my mom’s house while she was receiving chemo treatments.

 

RWF: Do you have a job outside your writing?

JL: I’m self-employed as a book formatter and Microsoft Word educator. You can see more at www.WovenRed.ca. The job came out of the technical skills I acquired as a self-published writer.

 

RWF: Are you a plotter, panster, or combination of both?

Definitely a plotter—I Y Excel to weave plot lines and keep a series bible.

 

RWF: What’s a surprising or little-known fact about you?

JL: I’m taking piano lessons. My parents were immigrants with five children and not a lot of money. Once I had the time and resources, I realized a life-long dream to make music.

Thank you, Joan, for taking time out of your busy schedule to come share a bit about yourself and your writing.

 

Joan is a renaissance woman. She is skilled in many arts—sewing, knitting crochet, cross-stitch, painting, and piano. Oh, and writing contemporary romantic women’s fiction. The skill favored by her husband and son is cooking. She spends her winters in Toronto attending plays, ballets, Pilates and Yoga classes. Whew! Her summers are spent on the shores of Georgian Bay relaxing with a book and a glass of wine on the deck.

When does she write? In every moment left over!

 

Advice on Attending RWA Nationals with Heather Burch

Hello ladies!

I’m looking forward to meeting some of you at the conference in Orlando in July! I made a quick note of a few things that might help you along your way. These are things I’ve learned over the years. I attended my first RWA national conference in the early nineties. Now, I haven’t been every year, but I’ve got at least ten RWA national conferences under my belt.

Here are my helpful hints…

Luggage Hacks

Before I leave for conference and even before I pack my suitcase, I try on each outfit. Then, I take a snapshot on my phone. Now, the arduous job of packing has just been made simple! I even get an idea of which outfit I’ll wear each day. At conference, all I have to do is refer to my photos and BAM! There’s my clothes, shoes, and accessories all in one place.

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Pace Yourself

There’s so much to see and so much to do. But it will be around for the entire conference. You don’t have to get everything in on the first day.

Make a Plan

Whether you are a paper copy note maker or a tech savvy schedule maker, you need a plan before you go. Yes, it will change. But it’s worth the time and effort to have something to glance at. RWA provides a lovely schedule when you arrive, but let me tell you, it can be overwhelming. Go to the website and check out the list of workshops far in advance. If a few of them really speak to you, make a note so that when you get the copy of all the events, you’re not overwhelmed. In past years, I believe RWA even sent the schedule ahead of the conference. Still, I try to familiarize myself by spending some time on the RWA website.

Make Time for Friends

Every year, I look forward to just sitting and catching up with my writing peeps. Whether you drink or not, the hotel bars (especially lobby bars) are a great place to connect. Whenever I have downtime, I just make a loop through the bars and sure enough! I run into friends.

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Attend the Parties. Go to the book signings.

One of the things I love most is the signings that feature specific publishers. An entire row of authors will be there signing complimentary copies of their newest releases. It’s a book lovers’ heaven! I will be signing on THURSDAY morning at 8:30-9:30 at the Montlake and Lake Union signing. If you make it to that one, I’ll sign a copy of my book for you! Plus, I’ll give you a hug just for reading this article.

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Wear Comfortable Shoes

You will walk and walk and walk. Make sure your feet aren’t screaming by noon. Do your footsies a favor and wear shoes that are already broken in and comfy on your feet.

Don’t Forget to Join the Conversation!

Are you on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram? Use the #RWA2017 hashtag on all your upcoming conference related tweets. And while you’re there, find me and let’s start a conversation.

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A little bit about me…I write for Lake Union Publishing (Amazon’s women’s fiction) currently. I’ve also written for Montlake (Amazon’s romance publisher) and I’ve done four books for Harper Collins. In 2014 my novel One Lavender Ribbon was named one of the year’s most quoted books by Kindle readers. My Montlake and Lake Union books are translated around the world. All in all, it’s been an incredible adventure and at the very heart of it is community. I couldn’t do what I do without the amazing writer friends I’ve made. I owe so much to RWA and my fellow authors! I’m a member of Tampa Area Romance Authors, my local chapter of RWA. I hope you’ll find me on social media so we can get connected and start visiting about the conference!

https://m.facebook.com/heatherburchbooks

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https://www.instagram.com/heathereburch/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4983102.Heather_Burch

You can see all of my books on my website

https://www.heatherburchbooks.com/

Interview with Tina Newcomb

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Today we meet Tina Newcomb.

RWF:  Would you say you write women’s fiction or romantic women’s fiction?

TN:  I write sweet contemporary romance/mainstream with romantic elements (I know that’s a mouthful, but it’s the closest description I can come up with). I am working on a women’s fiction novel that I hope to pitch at RWA in 2018.

RWF: Want to tell us what you’re working on?

TN: I’m working on a series set in a fictional town of Eden Falls, Washington. I’ve finished five books and hope to complete at least one more by the end of 2018. I plan to self-publish this series (one book a month) starting in July of this year.

RWF: What are your favorite books to read?

TN: When I have time to I read, I turn to women’s fiction. Just a few of my favorite authors are Karen White, Barbara Delinsky, Sarah Addison Allen, Barbara Claypole White, and Barbara O’Neal.

RWF: Do you have a running theme for your books?

TN: Each book in my Eden Falls series is loosely based on different occupations. Book one is about a flower shop owner who uses the Victorian language of flowers to build her bouquets. This art is mentioned in each book.

Eden Falls has small town charm where smiles are frequent and a helping hand is always near.

RWF: Which do you feel you learn more from – an online class, local workshop, or writer’s craft book?

TN: I think I learn more from local classes or those I attend at the RWA Conference. I don’t have enough discipline to follow through with the online classes—I would rather be writing. I have a whole library of craft books that have never been opened.

RWF: Where do you find inspiration?

TN: I find my inspiration while traveling. I usually start with a setting and add characters. My husband and I take a two-week driving vacation every year and I always come home with a rough outline for a book. The series I’m working on came after a trip through Washington State. My women’s fiction will be based on an island we visited while in Maine.

RWF: How do you fit writing into your life?

TN: I write six days a week. Even if I can only edit a page or two, I make time to sit at my computer and write.

RWF:  Are you a plotter, pantser, or combination of both?

TN: I’m a pantser. I know the beginning of my book, I usually have an idea for my black moment, and I know how it will end, but the middle is a total mystery until I get there. I’ve tried to outline and plot several times, and I’ve tried several different methods, but I end up frustrated.

RWF: Do you plan your writing time? Or do you go with the flow of family to-do’s and work out your writing in between?

TN: I watch my grandson during the day, so I have to work around visits to the library, or the museum, bike rides and trips to the park. I wake up early and try to write an hour before he comes. I also try to get in an hour or so after his mom picks him up in the afternoons.

RWF: Are the stories you write based more on the woman’s journey or more on the romance?

TN: I believe my stories are based on my character’s journey whether male or female. I sprinkle romance in and I always have an HEA.

RWF: Do you prefer to write at home or go somewhere to write?

TN: I write in my office, on my bed, or in the family room.

RWF: Do you participate in NaNoWriMo?

TN: I love NaNoWriMo! I’ve participated twice and completed both projects I started. Having only thirty days, really pushes me and keeps me focused. I do have to plan a rough outline (eyelid twitches) for NaNo.

RWF: Do you first come up with a setting or character for your story idea?

TN: Setting always comes first.

Thank you, Tina for sharing your writing time with us.

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah on the foothills of the spectacular Wasatch Front, where life as a kid was magical. Summers were spent hiking or swimming in the neighborhood pool, winters were for sledding down mountain hills. I acquired my love of reading from my parents. My mother was a librarian and stacks of books were always close at hand. I wrote my first (more than three page) story in fourth grade. Tobie, my heroine, bravely solved The Mystery Behind the Iron Door. I took writing classes in college and stories began to develop.

I moved to Memphis, Tennessee as a young mother and lived there long enough to learn “Bless your heart” is almost always followed by an insult, fried chicken is a staple, and any measurable snow will, most likely, close the schools for days. I do miss the dogwoods in spring and the smell of barbecue permeating the air at Memphis in May.

My pen and paper were put away as adult life and motherhood took precedence. Three kids later, I wrote my first novel, but had no idea what to do with it. It ended up in a box on a shelf. Numerous years later I came across the manuscript in a closet. I pulled it out, dusted it off and started all over again.

I now live in beautiful Colorado with my (amateur) chef husband. Six of our eight kids and one of three grandkids live nearby.

Fun Facts:

  • I have the most loving, generous, PATIENT husband in the world.
  • I’m grateful for my kids.
  • I adore my grandchildren.
  • My mother introduced me to The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart.
  • My father introduced me to non-fiction.
  • My favorite author is LaVyrle Spencer.
  • Crazy as it sounds, I love to clean.
  • My favorite ice cream is pralines and cream.
  • I don’t have a favorite color or a favorite flower.
  • My least favorite flower is a sunflower. (I know, I’m damaged).
  • I love Bear Lake, Utah, raspberry shakes and Miami, Florida strawberry shakes.
  • Country is my music of choice.
  • My favorite season is spring (closely followed by fall).
  • Chinese or Mexican food? Don’t make me choose.

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Interview with A.M. Wells

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Today we have the pleasure of hearing from author, Brenda Willis, writing as A.M. Wells.

RWF: Would you say you write women’s fiction or romantic women’s fiction?

AM: Women’s fiction with some romantic elements.

RWF: Do you write in other genres?

AM: Yes. My first published work was a short erotic novella for Red Rose Publishing. I’ve also self-published my short story romances.

RWF: What do you think helped you get from unpublished to published?

AM: Not what, but who. Dyanne Davis. She was the first person to tell me I had a voice, that I was a writer and I should write. She encouraged me to submit my work and to keep on submitting to publishers and agents.

RWF: What would be your number one tip you’d give to someone who’d just finished their first manuscript?

AM: First, celebrate. You did good. Next, put it away for at least thirty days. Start on your next great manuscript. After thirty days, come to that manuscript, print it out, and just read it through.  Once you’ve done all that, now begin the second draft/edits.

RWF: What advice would you give an author who has just published her first book?

AM: Congratulations. Enjoy the moment. Tell me about your next book.

RWF: What are your favorite books to read?

AM: Women’s Fiction, Fiction, Graphics Novels, Romance, Sci-fi.

RWF: When writing do you read in genre your writing in or something else?

AM: Something else. I just finished reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Love it! I’m also enjoying Kresley Cole’s IMMORTALS AFTER DARK series.

RWF: Do you read non-fiction? What kinds?

AM: When I was teenager and into my twenties, BC (before children) I would read a lot of biographies/memoirs. These days, my non-fiction reading consisted of books on craft. Stephen King, On Writing; Cathy Yardley, Rock Your Plot, and Write Every Day; and GMC by Debra Dixon.

RWF: Which do you feel you learn more from – an online class, local workshop, or writer’s craft book?

AM: Online class, because I can go at my own pace.

RWF: Are you a plotter, pantser, or combination of both?

AM: Shameless pantser.

RWF: Are your stories based more on the woman’s journey or more on the romance?

AM: The woman’s journey.

RWF: Where do you find inspiration?

AM—Movies, 1930’s and 40’s. Music. TV Commercials. The News. Listening to friends, family, co-workers relate stories. Taking a walk. Life.

RWF: Do you first come up with a setting or character for your story idea?

AM: The character.

RWF: Do you have a running theme for your books?

AM: Motherhood. Grief. Second chances. Humor.

RWF: Do you participate in NaNoWriMo?

AM: Yes.

RWF: Do you have a job outside your writing?

AM: Yes. I work as an IT Support Specialist.

RWF: How do you fit writing into your life?

AM: I’m up at 4:15am every morning and I write for at least thirty minutes before I head off to day job. I also have a notebook with me, to jot down ideas or plot points.

RWF: How do you fit editing into your writing life and the one you actually live in?

AM: I printout then reread what I’ve written and work on edits in the evenings.

RWF: Do you plan your writing time?

AM: No

RWF: Do you go with the flow of family to-do’s and work out your writing in between?

AM: I just go with flow.

RWF: Do you prefer to write at home or go somewhere to write?

AM: At home.

RWF: Do you have a new book out?

AM: No. But I am hoping to self-published more of my short stories soon.

RWF: What was your last published title?

AM: Christmas Hearts.

RWF: Want to tell us about your book?

AM: It’s a short sweet office holiday romance story.

RWF: Would you to tell us what you’re working on?

AM: My current WIP is about a woman, who after seven years of non-wedded bliss, decides to leave her serial cheating husband. The story is her journey of rediscovering herself, while finding though she can love again, true happiness come within one self.

RWF: Are you traditionally published, self-published, or both?

AM: Self-published

Brenda, thank you for sharing your time and a bit of your writing journey with us.

About Brenda

Brenda Willis writing as A.M. Wells writes contemporary women’s fiction with romantic elements.

Brenda lives in Athens Georgia and is employed as an IT Support Specialist. In addition to writing, she is an avid reader and artist.

You can find on the web at  www.amwells.net.

 

 

 

Interview with Leigh Duncan

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For this week’s interview we are happy to have Leigh Duncan. 

RWF: Would you say you write women’s fiction or romantic women’s fiction?

LD: Romantic  women’s fiction, definitely.  I love, love, love providing my readers an emotionally satisfying ending and the HEA (happy ever after) they’re looking for.

RWF: Do you write in other genres?

LD: I’m focusing on Women’s fiction and Contemporary Romance for now, but I do have a Paranormal story or two that I’m saving for later.

RWF: Do you have a new book out?

LD: I’m super excited about the launch of my brand new series, The Orange Blossom series, this summer.  These stories revolve around a small, fictional town and the women who call Orange Blossom, Florida their home.  In Butterfly Kisses (now available for pre-order), Justine Gale returns to Orange Blossom after a ten-year absence.  She’s desperate to sell the citrus grove she inherited from her uncle in order to provide medical care for her seriously ill daughter.  But (there’s always a but, isn’t there?) her efforts are stymied by her first love…who adamantly opposes selling the land that supplies the lifeblood of Orange Blossom.

RWF: What is your last published title?

LD: Pattern of Deceit, a romantic women’s fiction suspense, released in October 2016, and The Growing Season, a contemporary family saga, released last June as a three-part serial.  Part 1: A Time to Uproot, is perma-free at all the major e-vendors.

RWF: Are you traditionally published, self-published, or both?

LD: At this point in my career, I’m focused on indie publishing.

RWF: What do you think helped you get from unpublished to published?

LD: Learning the craft.  The first time I entered my work in a contest, the judge marked “POV” all over my manuscript.  I had no idea what she was talking about!  It took hard work and determination to improve my skill set.

RWF: What would be your number one tip you’d give to someone who’d just finished their first manuscript?

LD: Don’t be afraid to re-write.  If an editor suggests a change, take a big breath and do it!  I believe it was Cherry Adair who said, “Of course you can change it!  It’s fiction!”

RWF: What are your favorite books to read?

LD: I love reading the kinds of books I write—stories where strong women face and surmount overwhelming odds to reach their HEA.

RWF: How do you fit writing into your life?

LD: Five years ago, when I was on a serious deadline and distractions at home were keeping me from buckling down, two writer friends and I started meeting at our local library several times a week. We’d get there when the library opened, snag one of the small study rooms (our library wouldn’t let us reserve them), open our laptops, turn off our cell phones and write until everyone had put down 1,000 fresh words.  Then, we’d break for lunch and come back for a second session in the afternoon.  That system worked so well that, after we added a fourth member (and outgrew our study room), we moved to our dining room tables, where we still “camp out” two or three times a week for Writers Camp.  In the first year, the four of us wrote one million words and published 14 books. Five years later, Writers Camp is still going strong…and I’ve written and published another twelve books.

RWF: Thank you, Leigh, for sharing some of your writing journey.

 

Leigh Duncan is the award-winning author of more than two dozen novels, novellas and short stories. Her first full-length book, The Officer’s Girl, was released by Harlequin American Romance in 2010. Leigh went on to write seven more books for Harlequin, including the highly acclaimed Glades County Cowboys series, before she began writing the more complex, heart-warming and emotional stories that have resonated with her readers. An Amazon best-selling author and a National Readers’ Choice Award winner, Leigh lives on Central Florida’s East Coast where she writes women’s fiction and contemporary romance with a dash of Southern sass. Contact Leigh through her website (www.leighduncan.com), Facebook (LeighDuncanBooks) or on Twitter (@leighrduncan).

 

 

Interview with Vicki Batman

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Today we are talking with Vicki Batman. Glad to have you here.

*We’re curious, how long have you been writing?

Vicki—I’ve been writing twelve years.

*What kind of stories do you write?

Vicki—I primarily write romantic comedy short stories, but I also write mysteries. Romantic comedy came to me naturally. I honed that genre in short stories and developed it further in romantic comedy mysteries.

*So, you don’t write romantic women’s fiction or women’s fiction?

Vicki—No. I’ve always read women’s fiction, but my writing journey hasn’t taken me to a specific project as yet. I tell my friend we need to collaborate on one, like a funny one with ladies in a hot tub and no ovaries.

*Are you traditionally published, self-published, or both?

Vicki—I’m both. My mysteries are published by The Wild Rose Press. I have had short stories published in magazines, by other publishers, as well as have published indie projects or been a part of indie anthology projects.

*Would you call yourself a plotter, pantser, or combination of both?

Vicki—My writing friend calls herself a Plotster. PLOTter + pantSTER = PLOTSTER. I think of plotting this way: I know stories have a beginning, middle, black moment, then an ending with stuff in the middle. I plotster toward that goal.

*Do you first come up with a setting or character for your story idea?

Vicki—I’ve been known to sit down with a topic and say, “I’m going to write a story about _____.” I did this with several holiday stories. Often, I hear a bit of dialogue in my head and the story takes off. It’s nice when that flow goes on and on and on and on. My youngest once said, “I have a theory about love.” My head went bing! I held up my finger to stop him for just a moment to write down the line and then returned my attention to him. I did write the story. He’s embarrassed over this. LOL.

*What would be your number one tip you’d give to someone who’d just finished their first manuscript?

Vicki—Read WRITE TIGHT. Twelve years ago, the first critique my book received was to read that book. Me and my work improved so much afterwards.

*Which do you feel you learn more from – an online class, local workshop, or writer’s craft book?

Vicki—I’ve learned from all of the above. I am not an auditory learner; so, for workshops, I have to take plenty of notes. And sometimes, I’ll scribble in what I call my secret code-shorthand.

*Do you prefer to write at home or go somewhere to write?

Vicki—I did write only at home as I used a desk top computer, but that changed when I bought a new laptop and am writing in lots of places. I’m still using an external mouse (#1 and #2 sons think I’m silly) because I’m faster with it over the laptop features. Maybe one day…

*What are your favorite books to read?

Vicki—I love mysteries, historical, and contemporary romance, women’s fiction; however, I do read different things, especially for book club. I was so picky when younger because I didn’t want to waste my time on something I didn’t like. Now, I’ll finish what I believe is a bad book because I learn from it too. I’m not much into sci-fi or paranormal.

*Are the stories you write based more on the woman’s journey or more on the romance?

Vicki—My stories are more heroine-centric with a hero. I write more romance.

*What do you think helped you get from unpublished to published?

VickiPERSISTENCE. Persistence in improving my craft. Persistence in believing in me. Persistence in finding the right publisher.

*Do you have a new book out?

Vicki—My romantic comedy short story, “Raving Beauty,” featured in the Just You and Me boxed set, will be published on June 1, 2017. A reluctant beauty contestant falls for the doctor treating her, only to discover the one she really loves has been right in front her the whole time. I’ll confess here: I was in a couple of small beauty pageants.

*Thank you for sharing with us a portion of your writing life. Where can we find you in cyber space?

Vicki—You can find me at:

Website: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/p/more-about-me.html

Facebook: http://bit.ly/293iZIz

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VickiBatman/

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vickibatman/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4814608.

Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman

Email: vlmbatman@hotmail.com

 

Award-winning and Amazon best-selling author, Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works to the True magazines, several publishers, and most recently, two romantic comedy mysteries to The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and several writing groups. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocoaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby. Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”