Romance Weekly's Authors answer questions about serious and non-so-serious aspects of writing. Enjoy! This week's questions come from Shannon Kennedy.
1. How do you find the appropriate setting for the story, or does it find you?
Setting to me is integral to plot and character development. Having grown up in a small town, I know how close knit these communities can be. I also know how invasive they can be. Small town society provide so many opportunities for real conflict.
2. What is your support system for your writing? Family, friends, other writers?
I have the best husband ever. He supports me, lets me hole up for hours and hours and reads all my male dialogues for authenticity. My kids let me write, too, and will deliver me sustenance on demand. Of course, I have to take them to the park or museum on another date, but life is about give and take.
My writer's group, Chesapeake Romance Writers, introduced me to so many wonderful sharing people. I have awesome critique partners. They raise me up and ground me where I need it. Many times, they bleed all over my manuscripts but that makes me grow as a writer. I'd rather my friends tear it apart so I can build it back up than submit an unpolished work to a publisher.
My Facebook writer friends are also a great source of support. It's great to celebrate with them and commiserate with their struggles. They post links to blogs on the craft of writing, publishing, negotiating the social networks and creativity. I've made contacts through them. Everyone I've come into contact with has been friendly and fun!
3. What is the worst writing advice you ever received and how did you deal with it?
Really, I've never received bad advice. My chapter sisters have always offered very sound counsel. Having joined Romance Writers of America from the very start of my writing career, I've had access to remarkable resources. So, gladly, I have nothing to report!
Hop on over to Kate Robbins' blog to discover how she develops the setting for her sexy Highland romances!
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Romance writer. Paranormal and contemporary. Mother of two and wife of perfect husband. Love the environment, travel and reading.
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