A Texas Kind of Christmas

After thirty years, and fifty books from historicals to mainstream women’s fiction, I got a call on the first day of 2019. Two friends called and asked me to write an anthology about an early hotel in Dallas called the St. Nicholas.  I jumped, loving the idea.  What fun, early Texas, a hotel that’s name… Read More

Writing Sex…and talking about it

“I’m good at the naughty bits,” says my agent. It’s true. I love writing sex scenes. But initially I found talking about it publicly more difficult. Yesterday, I was sitting in a hotel hot tub and my sister mentioned to the couple sitting near us that I was an author. Which inevitably led to questions… Read More

6 Shifter Planet: The Return by D.B. Reynolds

The first full manuscript I ever wrote was a fantasy that I submitted to a writing contest sponsored by one of my favorite authors. I’d been reading fantasy and science fiction since I was 13 years old, and knew that’s what I wanted to write. I didn’t win the contest, but I received some very… Read More

2 The Genesis of a Romantic Suspense Series

By Tee O’Fallon An essential part of writing a new series is introducing exciting, intriguing characters in book one who will catch a reader’s attention and get them thinking: Hey, I gotta buy the next book in this series. And the next…and the next… You get the picture.  So how is this done? There are… Read More

1 What Makes a Heroine ‘True To The Times’?

What makes a character true to their time? Does he or she adhere to a certain moral code or strictly stated socially acceptable behaviors? And who deems those behaviors acceptable: the society in which that character lives, or our interruption, as readers, of what that society would have thought of such behavior? As we consider… Read More

6 “It’s Die Hard…with romance…”

I’ll admit it, Die Hard has long been my favorite movie. Some might say this is a strange choice for a romance writer—but then, some might say I’m a strange romance writer generally…yeah, moving on! I’ve loved Die Hard ever since I first saw it in the cinema as a teen. I loved the wise-cracking… Read More

2 An Author’s Real Life Haunted House

Happy Autumn! I’m thrilled to be here on Writerspace! Cooler weather, pumpkin spice, and spooky stories make October my favorite month. I am Heather McCollum, mom of three dramatic kids, wife of one Highlander, kicker of ovarian cancer’s arse, and author of Scottish Historical romance. Since it is close to the spookiest day of the… Read More

Building Families

In my new release Most Ardently, an LGBT+ retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, our story centers on the Benitez family – a working-class, close-knit bunch that often drive each other completely insane. One of my main struggles while writing was keeping them recognizable as a modern-day version of the Bennet family, while still… Read More

Plotting

As a novelist, I’m used to plotting. And not just stories. I also plot how to let the world know about them. I plot my life, as much as possible. And more. So here I am now, at Writerspace, posting this blog about plotting. That’s largely to let the world know about my latest upcoming… Read More

4 Heroes with Disabilities

Hello! I’m Tina Gabrielle and I write adventurous historical romance featuring feisty ladies and bold heroes. I’m excited to be with Writerspace to celebrate my new historical release, HOW TO CAPTURE A DUKE, the third book in my Raven Club series. All my books are standalone reads. Did you know Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, James… Read More