by Mary J. Williams If you read romance novels, you expect love to conquer all. No matter the hurdles, the obstacles, the vast caverns in the way of the hero and heroine, they will find a way to get their happily ever after. Yet, more often than not inside the books we romance aficionados devour,… Read More
And I always knew it would be a romance novel. When I was a
teenager I assumed my book would have a historical setting,
those were the kinds of stories I liked best, I even grew my
hair long so I could be like the heroines in my favorite
stories. But now I see myself and my books in the present
dealing with the joys and sorrows of our modern world.
Harper Falls is a place my imagination dreamed up, but it is
based in reality. I grew up in Washington State and went to
school in a small town on the Columbia River. Harper Falls
is that town but an idealized version. I hope you enjoy
reading about the town and the characters.
And as much as I enjoyed telling their stories, these books
are not the end of my dream but the beginning.
When I first decided to make my October blog about finding your voice, I planned to come at the subject from a writer’s perspective. Find Your Voice. In other words, what is your style? Punctuation. Syntax. Character development. Something that makes you stand out. A unique voice in a sea of millions. However, as the… Read More
When I was strictly a reader, before I wrote my first novel, I can’t remember if my taste in books changed with the seasons. As summer leaves turned a burnished fall reddish orange, did I suddenly long for ghoulish ghost stories? Did my mind wander toward frosty mornings and wish for a cozy holiday romance… Read More
by Mary J. Williams Warning: I apologize right up front. This blog post is not filled with wild sexual escapades. Read on at your own discretion. One of the things I love most about romance novels is the wide variety of sub-genres. From the sweet and wholesome, to the dark side few of us are… Read More
(Or How I Found My Muse In Music) WHERE DO YOU get your ideas? As questions go, writers probably hear this one as often as any. Not just from readers, friends, family, and casual acquaintances. We ask ourselves the same thing. Often. Sometimes on a daily basis. The answer isn’t simple. I guarantee if you… Read More
Before I started writing—and after—I was always fascinated at a writer’s process of chosing the title for their book. I haven’t done an official survey, but I imagine it’s a different process for everybody. For me, the title always comes before the book itself. Sometimes it’s the starting point. A germ of an idea helped… Read More
It’s the first week of December, and so it should come as no surprise, dear reader, that holiday-inspired tales dominate the new title offerings this month. Whether it is Laura Marie Altom’s The Cowboy SEAL’s Jingle Bell Baby, Book 4 in her Cowboy SEALS Series, now out in mass-market paperback and eBook (the hardcover follows… Read More
Some months are all about new books or the start of a new series. Others are about continuing the pleasure of a favorite saga. October 2016 is that kind of month with sixteen new installments to some of your favorite series. Alexa Aston unveils Word of Honor, Book 3 in her Knights of Valor Series…. Read More
by Mary J. Williams I grew up reading historical romances. I dreamt in terms of long haired heroines and heroes of another time—but with oddly modern views on women and relationships. These stories captured my adolescent imagination. I even grew my hair long like the women I secretly longed to switch places with. Jump ahead…. Read More
(Or How I Learned to Relax and Stop Driving My Family Crazy–Mostly) by Mary J. Williams My journey isn’t unique. I wanted to write a book. Raise your hand if you fall into that category. Many years later, I achieved my goal. The in between doesn’t matter. I had a book. In my opinion, a… Read More
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What’s cooking for Thanksgiving Dinner in 1889 New Orleans?
Greetings! My debut historical mystery Fanny Newcomb and the Irish Channel Ripper launched earlier this month! Since then, it’s been a whirlwind of guest blog posts and author-reader chats. Thanks to everyone who’s visited my website and liked my author page on Facebook! Since it’s Thanksgiving week, right now I’m thinking about FOOD—smoked turkey, oyster… Read More