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Writing from the Dark Side

Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaboration with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a whi…

It's going to be a quiet day...

not that I don't have tons to do. I always do on days off from the regular job. Plus, today is my MERWA meeting day which means that I get to see my best and oldest friends.

But the problem is... I lost my voice. I've been dealing with a massive cold for the last couple days and now it's gone to a full blown case of laryngitis. The kids at home and work will be happy, no doubt!

Anyway, every month at the MERWA meetings we talk about what we accomplished since the last meeting. I'm happy to say that I have lots to whisper about. I finished Once a Hero. And I sent it off to the editor who was interested. I joined PAN, the published authors network for Romance Writers of America.

As you can see, it's going to be a a lot to report on... to bad I don't have the voice to say it all. Maybe they'll just accept this blog post as my accomplishments :)
I won! I won! I won!

Have I mentioned that I won! Kate Walker picked me (or rather her trusty Sid picked me) and I am the proud winner of her 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance and The Greek Tycoon's Unwilling Wife. For those of you who don't know about her writing, let me enlighten you. She's written scores of books for Harlequin Mills & Boon for their Presents line and she teaches workshops in England and she has a menagarie of animals that make you just say "Awwww" when you read her blog. Since she's so fond of kitties I thought I'd post my own distraction. This is Juice, or JuJu, as we call him. We got him from a want ad and I should have known we were in for trouble when the lady literally handed him over and beat feet in the opposite direction. Now he's about a year and half old and the nemesis of my 19 year old kitty, Moose. He decided it was his job this year to guard the Christmas Tree and he took his job pretty seriously. Most mornings he …

I've been tagged.

If Nina Pierce weren't such a wonderful, dear friend I'd find a way to snowmobile the hundreds of miles up to the top of the state and give her a wedgie. But truly. Since I'm passing this on I guess I'd better not threaten. After all, what you put out there is what you get back :)

Anyway, here are the rules...
* List seven things about yourself

* Link to the blog of the person who tagged you (see highlighted name above).

* Tag seven new unsuspecting "friends" and have them list seven things about them...

Here's my list.
1. When I was a kid I aspired to grow up and become the tour guide on the safari ride at Disney World. I'd seen the old black and white, grainy tour of the park and knew that was my calling. Obviously my course of direction got derailed, but I did find myself at DisneyWorld this last August on my 40th birthday and I got to ride the Safari ride as a b-day present... Yeah for me.

2. I'm deathly afraid of walking on ice. It's more…

Ode to a Bad Boy...

From Anne McAllister's post on the Pink Heart Society Blog...
Mads discussing his reasons for playing LeChiffre... "I think if you are playing the bad guy, you try to show a good side to him sometimes, and if you are playing the good guy, you try to show a flaw in him, so it's not one-dimensional for the audience. . . Every good character has to have that dualism inside of them." He discovered that dualism in LeChiffre, found a backstory that made him a real person he could get inside of and, in so doing, created a character who was, if not redeemable (because this is a Bond movie after all), still human.

Of course, she's talking about an interview that was done with Mads Mlkkelsen about his character in Casino Royale, but truly for anyone who writes characters with a bit of a tarnished personality, aren't these the things that we look for?

I love writing bad guys. I don't know if goes back to liking the bad boys (I certainly was attracted to my fair share of…

Paranormals: Writing and being...

I write two kinds of books. Two very different kinds of books. First, there are my romantic suspense books. The other books that I write are paranormals. Recently at a book signing a customer was put off from my books when I said that I wrote paranormals. It didn't matter that the Three Truths of Katie Talmadge is as lighthearted a books as there is out there. It has a positive message and it's a book that truly has to do with opening yourself up to others. But I'm sure in the mind of that potential reader this was not what she was thinking.

By definition, paranormal is pertaining to the claimed occurrence of an event or perception without scientific explanation, as psychokinesis, extrasensory perception, or other purportedly supernatural phenomena. However, most of the books that are out there today that are listed as paranormals within the genre include (but not limited to) Werewolves, vampires, shapeshifters, etc.

To me, writing a paranormal means creating characters that…