Originally posted on The Novel Approach:
What is the purpose of fiction, specifically romantic fiction? Escapism? The big “happily ever after”? Finding the dream? The big awwwwww moment? For me, fiction is a journey outside myself that leaves me more enriched than it found me. Sometimes, that happens, sometimes not, but as Donald Maass reminds us in Writing the Breakout Novel, “It is that truth that persuades us to care and convinces us that this story contains the stuff of life.” Most of my books, especially the novels, have a strong basis in reality, in fact. A portion of the events in these stories have happened to me, to my friends, or on the news, but none more than A Heart for Robbie.
Like a really convincing lie – threads of truth interwoven with fictional elements create a rich tapestry of believability – something that could actually happen. A Heart for Robbie is based…
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Originally posted on Thorny, Not Prickly:
Sometimes, I struggle to put into words why a book worked for me.
Even more often, I can’t find the right words to explain why a book DIDN’T work for me.
When this happens, I might make “private notes” in Goodreads, give it a star rating, and that’s the end of that. I hate doing it like that, though, because I know it’s hardly helpful to someone who’s on the fence about whether to read something or not. I feel hypocritical since I’ll read reviews and opinions all the time, especially if I suspect there might be something that’ll trigger me in a certain book. For example, I truly feel violent toward the author/publisher of what was advertised as a romance actually has zero romance in it — that’s grounds for getting my money back. Don’t even get me started about unexpected rapes, bashings, or suicides that end up giving…
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Originally posted on three am:
Where to start! Well I am confident that every author, blogger, and person in attendance will post their own versions so I’m hoping readers and everyone who missed out will get an overall feel of the convention from several different sources.
Here is my experience. I flew in Thursday morning and checked in with registration (and my awesome roomie Gryvon!) easily and dumped my things in the hotel. A side note on the hotel – NOT recommended. But rooming with easy going and cheerful people, Gryvon and Ann Anderson, made it much more pleasurable. Plus the conference will be at a different hotel next year.
I checked the restaurant in the hotel but it didn’t really have any options for me so I walked down the street to Panera. It did me good to stretch my legs anyway but I remember thinking “oh god I should just go home, I…
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