Believe in Yourself

Joanne Guidoccio

Welcome to my Second Acts Series!

Today, we have Australian author Maggie Mundy sharing an incredible journey across two continents and Idolize, Book One in the The Dark Storm series

Here’s Maggie!

When I think back over my life it is separated by one major event. I moved from one side of the world to the other. I was brought up in the UK and immigrated to Australia at aged twenty-nine. I knew my husband wanted to live there when we married and was excited at the prospect. I came from a dysfunctional family so it seemed like a new start for me. I was a trained nurse and I had a job waiting for me.

What triggered the need for change?

I felt I could never truly be me unless I broke away from family, and needed to strike out on my own. It was scary to sell…

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Idea → Sticky Idea → Premise

sisterhood of suspense

By Joanne Guidoccio

Writers  can find inspiration almost anywhere, and they don’t have to go too far to find those ideas. Checking Twitter or Facebook feeds, reading a daily newspaper, watching a television program, visiting an art gallery, eavesdropping on conversations…

Which ideas work best?

Sticky ideas…those ideas that simply won’t go away.

Once that idea takes root, it’s like a song that you can’t get out of your head. You wake up thinking about it, dream about it, and fantasize about it. You can even imagine the A-list actors who will star in the screenplay based on your novel. You may seek validation from family and friends: “Don’t you think that would make a great novel?” Unfortunately, too many ideas remain fantasies and don’t make it to the next step: transforming an idea into a premise.

What is a premise?

A premise is an idea fleshed out with details…

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An Unexpected Second Act

Joanne Guidoccio

Welcome to my Second Acts Series!

Today, we have Mabry Hall sharing insights from her multi-act life and her novels: An Engaging End and A Regrettable Reunion.

Here’s Mabry!

As I prepared to guest on Joanne’s blog, I looked over the stories that have come before mine. So many of my fellow writers seem to have known since childhood that they wanted this career. Not I. It never occurred to me that I could spend my life making things up for fun and not get in trouble for it.

If I could have chosen my studies based on my interests, I’d have been an English or history major. In the interest of practicality, I became a nurse. As my mother said, I’d always be able to get a job wherever I moved. Within a month of graduation, I came to the stark reality that hospitals are open every day…

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The Use of Language

Hello again to all of you Soul Mate Publishing readers and new friends. Thanks for sharing a little of your precious time with me today. For the new readers, I write historical romance with a twist of suspense, mostly Regency, Victorian, and my latest is a historical western. I have four published, After She Became a Lady, Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman, A Lady’s Vanishing Choices, and An Enduring Love. The historical western Bittersweep is set for release May 30, 2018.

Together we have explored the different aspects of writing from how to set a scene, characteristics of a hero, a heroine, even a villain all the way to world building. We discussed many other subjects as well. Today, I would like to discuss word usage.

The language back in historical Regency and Victorian period was much different from today. I have discovered not all readers…

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Be Ruthless!

Joanne Guidoccio

I’m happy to welcome award-winning, Soul Mate author Sofie Darling. Today, Sofie shares insights from her writing journey and her debut novel, Three Lessons in Seduction.

Here’s Sofie!

Today, I’d like to talk about my journey to publication. In 2015, my friend and critique partner, Kate Ramirez, won the Writers’ League of Texas’ Manuscript Contest in the romance category. Her win gave me good incentive to finish the book I was working on and enter the contest the following year, even though I was somewhat hesitant to do so.

I’d entered a contest before—that’s right, one contest—and it didn’t go anywhere. I took this “failure” as confirmation of my deepest fear that my writing wasn’t connecting with anyone, even though my critique partners were telling me differently. But they liked me. What did they know?

Still, in 2016, I entered the WLT’s Manuscript Contest, and I won . …

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Absorbing the World Through Stimulation of the Senses

Joanne Guidoccio

I’m happy to welcome Wild Rose Press author Gary Guinn. Today, Gary shares the highlights of his ongoing road trip and his two novels, A Late Flooding Thaw and Sacrificial Lam.

Here’s Gary!

Mary Ann and I are about half-way through a two-month road trip, and we might decide to make it three. We bought an old Safari Trek RV (Safari Treks are a whole story in themselves) and decided to head for warmer weather and places where cedar allergies are not an issue. And we wanted to see some of the country we’d never seen before. We’ve traveled about 2,500 miles. We’ve refueled our love for New Mexico, fallen in love with parts of Arizona, and finally arrived in our idea of heaven—Padre Island National Seashore, where we have no phone service, no wi-fi, and no worries.

I was concerned, before we set off, about driving an RV…

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Confessions of a romance writer

Young Couple Loving Each Other

Love scenes are one of the most important parts of a romance novel. These chapters are the reason romance readers keep turning pages. The readers want to experience all the emotions the characters are feeling. They want to feel that first touch, first kiss, and first love. In other words, love scenes are the mother-load, or the payoff for reading the story.

So how do you show those feelings to the reader? You have to feel them for yourself. You have to get into the state-of-mind so you can write the emotions for scene.

Some authors light a scented candle and grab a glass of wine. Since I don’t drink often, drinking wine and writing is very dangerous. I know, I’ve tried it and totally crashed and burned. You can’t write a love scene with the Battle Hymn Republic song stuck in your head, at least I can’t. And that’s…

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