So, here I am, introducing my fresh foray into regular blogging! I'm literally turning over a new page, making a clean start - both as a fiction writer and a blogger.
This shall be the weekly blog schedule: I will blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as follows:
Kick Start Mondays - Mondays are the days so many people hate because they have to return to the drudgery of a routine life. For writers, Mondays may mean the start of a new chapter or scene, a need to drum up fresh inspiration. But Mondays don't have to be boring! In this blog I will share my experiences, ask for feedback, and share some motivation and inspiration so that we can all be the best we can be all week long! Who knows, I may even throw in some eye candy every now and then :-).
Rev Up Wednesdays - a weekly booster shot for inspiration ...This is going to be interesting! On Wednesdays I'm going to be posting author interviews with some amazing writers. Whether they're NY bestselling authors or extremely talented self-pubbed or e-pubbed authors, they all have something truly important to say. Their experiences are those all writers can relate to but what's great about these individuals is that they weren't afraid to take the plunge and follow their chosen path. These authors will share in candid terms how they have "made it", and you will see that the journey of a writer is not all glam and roses. It's hard work!
Wrap Up Fridays - This is when I'll blog about my week, my WIP, and discuss writing related stuff. Hope you will be able to share yours with me too, by giving feedback :-).
With these blogs I hope to connect with many authors and aspiring writers from around the world. Our journeys may be different, but the motivation that gets us there is the same. In my mind, there is no difference - it doesn't matter whether you are a literary writer, a romance writer, a mystery or thriller writer, a poet, a novelist, or a non-fiction guru. We are all on a boat, crossing the ocean of corporate interests, wading through the murky waters of the publishing world, seeking the Holy Grail - seeing our book on a shelf (a real or virtual one), with a beautiful, intriguing cover and our name printed across it. Isn't this the ultimate goal? To be known, to give hours of pleasure to our readers, to inspire others and let them look into our souls, so they can see a glimpse of us through our work. This is what we strive for every day.
So to those who are still plagued by self-doubt, I kick off this first blog by sharing a quote by an inspirational writer, Lynn Andrews, who wrote a book called "Writing Spirit" - a book every writer should own. In the final pages, she writes:
Agnes Whistling Elk said to me so many years ago that we are all called and we are all chosen, but so very, very few of us have the courage to follow our dreams. You are a writer; you can't but follow your dreams if you are to be true to yourself.(p. 226)
And being true to yourselves, I add, means not shying away from hard work, and toughening up when it comes to rejections and closed doors. Keep your heart and mind open, give all of yourself to your craft, and claim the success you deserve. Success may not come in the form of a neat looking publishing contract from a NY pub house, but the market today offers many wonderful possibilities. Authors have the power to make change. All they need to do is be aware, and open their arms to opportunity.
Now, on a final note -
I'm so excited about the first author interview next Wednesday! Here are some hints as to who it's going to be: Her Roxbury House trilogy holds a place of honor on my bookshelf. She is super cool, has a beautiful smile, loves animals (her pets often feature in her stories - just for this, she has my love!) and lives in the city that never sleeps.
Between 9/12 and 9/26 her publisher will be giving away a copy of one of her books - VANQUISHED (the first in her "Men of Roxbury House" historical trilogy) as a free e-book download across various platforms. This author knows her history, and her writing is haunting, evocative and passionate. She is one of three founding authors for Lady Jane's Salon, Manhattan's first and only reading series devoted to romance fiction. She describes her stories as "sexy, sophisticated reads." Her books are published by Medallion Press, Carina Press, and Harlequin (Blaze imprint). Also, on her website it is stated: "A segment on NBC’s Today Show included [this author] gamely suggesting that romance novels "would make great how-to books for men." Roving reporter Mike Leonard then filmed himself sitting on the edge of his hotel room bed, ostensibly reading Tempting from cover to cover."
Lots of clues! Can you guess who this mystery author is?
~ Angela ~ No Rules. No Formulas. Just Love.
"Mile High to Heaven" and "Mr. & Mrs. Foster" available at Whiskey Creek Press Torrid.