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December 16, 2018

Success in writing fiction is all about delighting your target audience. (I define your target audience as the readers you are trying to delight. So success just means that you actually are delighting them.)

When I first got published, my publishers...

December 16, 2018

When you create your characters, you often do a lot of work to figure out their backstory—everything that happened to them before the story began.

The temptation is to tell the reader all that backstory as soon as you can. Because it’s super interesting to you, it’s eas...

November 22, 2017

The answer isn't that simple. I'm inspired by a number of sources. It could come from the snippet of a news story I overhear on TV, a conversation at a cafe, from watching people in public, reading an article in a magazine, from a situation from my own life. Usually, t...

November 15, 2016

Romance novels. They’re everywhere: on bestseller lists, in grocery stores and on bookshelves in homes all over the world. Check out a few interesting statistics about the genre:

30–54 years old

Average ages of the romance book buyer

84

Percentage of romance book buyers th...

November 11, 2016

If I told you that you plan for failure more than you plan for success you’d tell me I’m crazy. After all, no one likes failing and no one likes to think that what they are pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into might not work.

The problem is that most people only p...

November 5, 2016

What is a romance novel?

Romance fiction is smart, fresh and diverse. Whether you enjoy a contemporary story, a sassy heroine, historical settings, paranormal, suspense or any number of other themes within the romance genre, there's a romance novel waiting for you!

Two...

November 5, 2016

Writing a novel is such a big undertaking, one thing’s for sure, it’s hard to know where to start. You have an idea, but your idea is too big and too general. It has to be defined further before you even write your first word. Let's take a look at the larger picture.

A...

November 2, 2016

When I was pregnant and trying to find names for my unborn child, I remember someone telling me that when you finally choose a name, stand at the back door, yell it out twenty times and if you still like it after that, then you’ve found the right name for your child be...

June 27, 2016

I’d like to talk about limiting self-beliefs that people hold on to. These self-beliefs are very powerful and will shape your entire life if you let them. By focussing on positive areas of your life, you’ll be able to transform the negative areas. The way to turn thing...

June 14, 2016

I admit, reading and writing about Bogans has been a bit of a fun exercise, but there is a more somber reason why I chose to write 'Bogan Chick'.

There was a television series, titled 'Struggle Street' which caused a bit of controversy. It was filmed to raise awareness...

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