When Characters Name Themselves

on July 6, 2017

by Julie Ann Walker I’m just going to come out and say it. I’m weird. Unlike most authors, I don’t obsess about my characters’ names. I don’t search baby name books. I don’t spend days or weeks trying to come up with just the right sobriquet or moniker or appellation. Instead, my characters name themselves…. Read More

Julie Ann Walker

Julie Ann Walker

Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. She has won the Book Buyers Best Award, been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Bookseller's Best Award, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award. Her books have been described as "alpha, edgy, and downright hot." Most days you can find Julie on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.  

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New Release and a Giveaway of a Lifetime!

on June 27, 2017

by Danica Winters This has been one heck of a year, one with tons of new books coming out! So hang in there, because this blog is full of super exciting news and events!  First things first, Always a Wanderer hits store shelves on June 27th. Always a Wanderer is the second book in the… Read More

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

on June 8, 2017

In the course of writing almost seventy novels, I’ve learned the importance of a character’s name.  In the weeks before I start writing, I work to choose the right names for my hero and heroine.  It’s my way of getting to know them, the way I begin to figure out their identity. I like names… Read More

George Saunders, Salty Potatoes, and So Much More

on May 10, 2017

We took the ferry into town. I visited my mom. Put on latex gloves and massaged her swollen, purple feet and legs, trying to get them to a more natural color. I filled up her candy bowls, and we sang. It was one of her better days. She remembered me. Was able to do harmonies…. Read More

MAKING YOUR STORY BELIEVABLE

on April 24, 2017

by Kat Martin One of the best ways to make your story believable is to use real places to locate the action and the real names of restaurants and streets. Actually going there, of course, is the best way to make that happen. Or using places you went to at some other time in your… Read More

CHANGING TO A DIFFERENT GENRE?

on March 28, 2017

By Kat Martin One of the questions people continue to ask me is how I managed to change from writing Historical novels to writing Contemporary Romantic Suspense. I have to say it’s never easy to do.  Publishers are not risk takers.  They always want to take the safe road.  It’s easier for them to sell… Read More

Infusing Romance in Your Valentine’s Day Reading 

on February 14, 2017

by Selena Laurence On Valentine’s Day it’s traditional for romance writers and bloggers to write about “why we should read romance.” And there are some fantastic reasons, and they’ve been discussed ad nauseam which is why I won’t do that to you here. The simple fact is that I can’t convince you to read romance… Read More

My Favorite Places

on February 6, 2017

by Kat Martin Since I’m about to make my annual trek from the snow country to my house at the beach, I thought it might be fun to talk about some of my favorite places. Personally, I hate hot weather.  Among my personal favorites are the ski slopes of Aspen and the chalet at the… Read More

Reconnecting with Romance

on February 1, 2017

by Danica Winters As a romance author, I often get asked why people choose to read romance novels. (Oddly enough, the question usually comes from non-readers.) My answer is always the same; people love romance novels because of their ability to create an escape from the world around them. Over the last year however, I… Read More

Just the Right Match

on January 30, 2017

by Kat Martin Finding the right match for the hero and heroine is one of the toughest and most exciting parts of writing a novel.  The hero of INTO THE FIRESTORM is Luke Brodie, one of my strongest, toughest, sexiest heroes. Luke, a former special forces soldier, is a bounty hunter who works at Brodie… Read More