There are different ways for people to plan out a novel. Some people write an outline. While others play it by ear. Some authors can write their characters so well that they let the story drive them. With these methods, questions come up like: What’s this minor character’s last name again? Where did the backstory say this character was travelling … Continue reading Planning A Novel: Are Storyboards Right for You?
This holiday season I have been M.I.A. for many reasons. In the past three months, activities such as, Christmas shopping, school projects and recovering from pneumonia has just been a few stressful parts of my life. But with every storm cloud comes a rainbow. And I’m getting pumped up for my next novel. The story is about a … Continue reading I’m Still Here: Songs that Empower Women
I listen to my music as I clean the house. Soulful R &B blasts while I'm doing my hair. I perform dance sequences and sing along to my favourite Hip Hop joints in the shower. Alternative rock music wails as I'm driving. Motown hits swirl through my mind with the story ideas I'm typing on to my laptop. Pop … Continue reading Why I Use Music in My Writing
My mother loved reading so it was only natural that she would read to me as a child. That’s where the spark of imagination begins is in reading. Writers are readers. Reading has its influence on writers to futrther form stories in the sense of how to build suspense, drama, romance and develop characters. Like life, people follow the examples they have been … Continue reading Novels Every Romance Author Should Have Read
People have dreams of being a firefighter, a famous actor or singer. They imagine the enjoyment of being excited to work every day, instead of slumping out of bed to do a job they have no interest in. A job that pays the bills. Not everyone gets their dream job. Not everyone knows what they … Continue reading Could You Be a Writer? 10 Ways to Know If You Are a Writer.
Mike Chang from the Hollywood Demands series might not have gotten his fair chance with Mya Basset in Books 1-3. Mike has been sweet and patient. A fine Asian action star with good tastes and money. How could Mya resist such a catch? Well, in Book 4, Mike gets his chance with Mya. Listen to the sexy tones he plays for her while he makes … Continue reading Mike Chang’s Seduction Playlist
Congrats you've put your ideas to paper and have created a story. You have done what many have always thought about, but never tried to do. Be proud. Now, as a self-publisher, it’s time for the hard part: EDITING. This can be frustrating and painful. What to cut? What to do to improve my writing? Or, maybe, you don’t feel like anything needs to change. Keep … Continue reading Self-Publishers’ Guide to Editing: A new way to edit your novel
I’ve been thinking about music and how it makes a great soundtrack for life. Listening to the right song can take you into the mood of any story. It can express the thoughts and feelings you have better than you could formulate the words. So, I got to thinking, what if Chris Foley from the Hollywood Demands series made a mixtape for his love interest,Mya Bassett? What songs would be on it? Knowing his rock background and playful, flirty personality, I think the smart ass within him would have an interesting romance soundtrack. Check itout below. Click to hear the music on youtube.com The list: Fuck you gently---Tenacious D Close the Door - Teddy Pendergrass Brown Eyed Girl-Van Morrison Ride -The Vines Winning Days- The Vines Turn off the Lights- Teddy Pendergrass To Be with You-Mr. Big Joker-Stevie Miller Band Don't Stop Me Now--Queen Crazy –Areosmith Nothing Can Change This Love-Sam Cooke Baby Got Back--Sir Mix-a-lot You Are The Best Thing- Ray La Montagne Jesus, Etc. - Wilco The Blower’s Dautgher- Damien Rice Nothing Compares to You—Chris Cornell … Continue reading Chris Foley’s Love Mixtape
Summer is over and fall has arrived. I hope you had a great summer. I did. My three months were filled with sun, beach, shopping, travelling, writing and my kids getting on my last nerve. Three months is too long for little ones who don’t have a backyard to go crazy in. But that is … Continue reading The Sexiest Songs Compilation to Use When Getting It On Vol. 1
When people think vacation, relaxation and fun always springs to mind. Going away with the family brings in the reality of stress while trying to juggle different personalities and interest. How does one get to relax and enjoy a place when some many people in a group want to do a hundred things in … Continue reading How to Survive a Family Trip: An Introduction to Avoiding Family Vacation Misery