Monday, September 3, 2018

Tiny Dancer

Every author has a favorite part of the writing process. Some people love discovering the story as they write the first draft. Other writers love being able to edit that draft into the (almost) perfect story. My favorite part of writing is brainstorming who my characters are and learning their story. What makes them happy and get out of bed in the morning? Who do they fall in love with and why? I’ve also realized I love writing about dancers. My first novella featured tango dancing, Eli and Mia’s story has burlesque. In my current work in progress, Katiya is a belly dancer, and I’ve been rolling around a stripper story in my head for years. Recently, I’ve also been thinking about a ballerina, a tiny ballerina. Literally. I don’t know what her story is quite yet, who her hero is or even her name. But one day, after I’ve polished Katiya’s tale and given my stripper a happy ever after, my tiny dancer is going to have her chance to shine. And I can’t wait! If you write, what’s your favorite part of the process? Have you discovered any themes in your writing?

Monday, August 6, 2018

Getting Naked

If there is one thing I like, it’s a movie about sex. Or the illusion of sex. Or about the expression of sexuality—particularly in art. Enter the documentary Getting Naked, a wonderful movie about various burlesque dancers making a living with their art in New York City. First, it was very educational since I didn’t realize you could make a living as a burlesque dancer (beyond Dita Von Teese). Secondly, it was fascinating to see how their lives and their dancing came together. Thirdly, it was wonderful seeing and hearing about women who don’t fit a certain image shake their groove thang on the stage. And lastly, I’m a sucker for beautiful naked women, dancing and fancy costumes—and you’ll get your fill from this documentary. So go check it out, you won’t regret it!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Katiya Wishes You a Happy Fourth of July!

In celebration of finishing the rough draft of Katiya and Sheikh Tariq's story and the Fourth of July, here's a pic of Katiya enjoying the holiday. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

At Last

The royal wedding was two weeks ago and I still get a big grin on my face whenever I think about it. At last we have a black American princess (not counting Princess Tiana of course). Well, technically Meghan is biracial, and she’s now British royalty. But you know what I mean. I didn’t think she stood a chance at getting Harry to the finish line and yet, here she is, beaming from all of the news outlets, a princess. Well, technically she’s a duchess. But in my mind if you marry a prince, you’re a princess, titles be damned. In the end love prevailed, despite all the obstacles. Now bring on the couple’s little curly red headed princes and princesses.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Wherefore Art Thou Fabio?

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending an academic conference titled Researching the Romance at Bowling Green State University. There were many interesting presentations, but one of my favorites was called Wherefore Art Thou Fabio: 50 Years of Romance Cover Design. It should surprise no one that I’m a sucker for a good clinch cover (aka man clutching woman, both usually half naked). I should also mention that Fabio was my absolute favorite romance cover model. Keep in mind that this was before Fabio had become a caricature of himself. This was back in the 80’s/early 90’s when he was a nameless godlike man (I’m not kidding). So to say I was super pumped for the presentation is an understatement. While Fabio did feature in some of the covers shown, the presenter, Andrea J. Briggs from McDaniel University, didn’t focus on him. Instead her talk discussed how romance covers evolved and changed throughout the years. It was very interesting, even though I didn’t get a lot of Fabio. So with that in mind, I thought I’d share with you my absolute favorite romance cover. It’s from the book The Conqueror by Brenda Joyce, which is also one of my favorite romance novels. Do yourself a favor and pick up this incredibly non-feminist, non pc piece of work and revel in all of its glory. Extra points if you get the paperback with this cover. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Old Love

A few weeks ago I went to an Alan Jackson concert and near me was a couple that were probably in their 60's. From the moment the opening act hit the stage, they were standing up and dancing. Him behind her, his arms around her waist, her swaying to the music with her man. Every once in a while she'd turn around, throw her arms around him and they'd kiss. I could not keep my eyes off of them. In part because I was thinking they should get a room (they did leave for a moment and I'm thinking they found a dark corner :)) and in part because I was mesmerized by their love and passion. Old love, I hope to have it some day.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Sing Your Song

"I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument while the song I came to sing remains unsung." Rabindranath Tagore

I have a friend who always reminds the folks in our writers' group that we mustn't die with our music inside. I need to take what she says to heart. My writer friend A. has lost her battle with cancer and to be honest it shocked me. A. was revved up about getting back to writing and taking control of her career. I hadn't seen her in forever but she came to a meeting in January and was welcomed with open arms. I was so happy to see her. Three weeks later, she was dead. Surely with some music inside. I can't control how much time I have on the planet, but I can do my best to sing my song while I have the chance.