Friday, May 09, 2014

Tagged: My Writing Process

The beautiful Kristin Smith tagged me as part of this blog tour:

The mission, should I choose to accept it, is to write about my writing process. I wrote about that topic in great detail for a guest blog coming up, so I'll try to make this unique.

What am I working on now?

While waiting to hear back on the next round of revisions for 25 Roses and a chapter book series we're shopping around, I'm working on something completely different. It's a young adult series about a girl who starts having dreams about crimes in her town. I'm not sure if it'll ever go anywhere, but I'm having fun writing it.

Why do I write what I do?

Can anything be more fun than writing books for young readers? Especially girls. I get to relive the fun parts of being a tween/adolescent without going through it myself. The best of all possible worlds!

How does my writing process work?

I wish I could say I get an idea and spend weeks formulating the idea, but I don't. I get an idea and start writing. Then 40 pages in, I have a moment similar to this:

And I have to regroup. That pretty much sums it up!

What's your writing process? If you're one of the three bloggers below, you're up next on the tour!

NEXT UP ON TOUR: Sherry Ellis, Julie Flanders, J.L. Campbell.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

They're Still Trashing Romance Novels

I wrote romance novels for a while in my younger years. I wasn't successful in getting one published, but it wasn't for lack of trying. During that time, I was repeatedly, relentlessly insulted.

Comments like, "You're writing bodice rippers?" were commonplace. I brushed them off, deciding I'd laugh all the way to the bank someday. Besides, it beat whatever they'd be doing for a living for the rest of their lives.

I've been writing young adult and children's fiction for so long, I'd almost forgotten what it was like to be made to feel bad about your novel's subject matter. I've yet to hear anyone insult me for writing children's literature.

Late last week I received a painful reminder. As news broke that HarperCollins is buying Harlequin, I found myself wincing as I read one insult after another.

The whole thing made me stop and think--just what is it about romance novels that bring so much ridicule? Is it Fabio? 

Because we should be over that by now, right?

Interestingly, in the very articles that were ridiculing the genre, reporters repeatedly acknowledged how well romance novels sell. If something is that much of a hit, it will likely always bring negativity for one reason...

But I think a large part of it is that romance novels are a female-dominated domain. Women like Nora Roberts have built entire enterprises on those so-called "beach reads," bringing women together all over the world. Since sci-fi/fantasy, suspense, and horror novels are equally enjoyable on vacation, that leaves one differentiating factor.

Romance novels are read and written by women.

What do you think? Why are people so condescending toward the romance genre?

Monday, May 05, 2014

Cover Reveal: 25 Roses

I'm here to day with a very important announcement...

It's cover reveal time!

So...without further delay, here's my beautiful cover.

I can't stop looking at it. I love it!

Here's a little bit about 25 Roses.

Valentine's Day means one thing at Stanton Middle School: students will send each other chocolate roses. Each year, Mia Hartley watches while the same group of students gets roses and everyone else is left out. This year, she decides things will be different. As the student assigned to write names on the cards, Mia purchases 25 roses and writes her own cards, designating them to 25 people she's personally chosen. But she soon learns that playing matchmaker is much more complicated than she thought it would be.

Join in on my BLOGstravaganza celebrating the release and get a few new readers for your blog. Just post your link below and mention the blog hop (with a link here) on your blog.