Romance Weekly's Authors answer questions about serious and non-so-serious aspects of writing. Enjoy! This week's questions come from Rebekah Garniere. Great questions, Rebekah!
1. Who is your favorite character you've written and why?
Matt Stone is my favorite from my military novella Heart of Stone. He is tough, honorable and sensitive. Brave and confident, he disarms IEDs and other explosives for a living but is unsure about how to handle his attraction for his best friend's sister.
2. Do you prefer to write your Hero or Heroine?
Most of the time, it's the hero I identify with best. I'm independent, no nonsense and goal oriented. Basically, I have many characteristics that are typically associated with the male of the species.
3. What are the three things you can't write without?
Chocolate, music and reference books. My two vices are books and chocolate. Music either inspires me, helps me get into the mood with the setting or scene I'm writing and/or drowns out distractions. If the purpose is isolating myself from distractions, the music must be instrumental. I listen to the words and like (squirrel!) that, I'll be reminiscing about the last time I heard the song, where it was, how I imagine the scene of the video...
I love books. Real, physical books. I especially love reference books. My favorites? The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, The 90-Day Novel by Alan Watt, Celtic Magic (Llewellyn's World Religion and Magick) by D.J. Conway and any reference books on architecture, religion, culture, art, gardening and the paranormal. They are all sticky noted. It would be sacrilege to dog ear any book. (Gasp!)
Hop on over to the always lovely and lively Sarah Hegger, writer of medieval romance. The Bride Gift is due out May 2014. She had me at "quixotic."
4/15/2014 06:15:58 am
I use that Emotional Thesaurus all the time
4/15/2014 09:53:24 am
You should see my haul to our annual writers' retreat. I need luggage just for the reference books!
4/15/2014 07:15:45 am
Count me in on The Emotion Thesaurus. And I'm sensing a trend on the preference to write heroes. Is that because, as romance writers, we fall in love with them?
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4/15/2014 09:55:31 am
Yeah, I think his best friend's next, though!
4/15/2014 08:12:24 am
I love my emotions dictionary, I bet I would adore an emotions thesaurus :) I'm checking into that!!! Great post!!!
4/15/2014 09:56:47 am
There's a whole line of those type now, but this is the one I thought I'd get the most use out of and have. Love my books.
4/15/2014 08:14:59 am
4/15/2014 08:16:25 am
I was going to say, I'm going to have to check out The 90 Day Novel, but I hit post before I wrote down my comment. (sign you have two many oranges in the air)
4/15/2014 09:58:59 am
The 90-day Novel is not your typical plotting book. You spend a long time answering questions from your characters' POVs before even writing down a general outline. But I have found with the one I used the book for that I don't have to reach or think hard for conflict or motivation because I know the characters so well.
4/15/2014 01:48:21 pm
OMG, I would DIE without the Emotion Thesaurus!
4/15/2014 01:56:48 pm
Hi Carolyn, I was a little disoriented for a second when I opened your page. I love this theme. And it could have been me talking about the music you listen to. I'm with you - love the instrumental stuff. New Age, ambient, orchestral. Great post and Matt Stone sounds terrific.
4/15/2014 03:53:23 pm
Yes, I had a moment of deja vu when I visited your site last week! I just changed it with spring from the darker one I had before. We have great taste!
4/15/2014 11:26:45 pm
That Emotion Thesaurus is just a must have, I have to have it near me when I write :D
4/16/2014 01:57:17 am
Interesting that so many writers need chocolate!
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