Over to Annie. :) Welcome Annie.
Writing is a lonely occupation. Days sitting at the keyboard with the dreams and pictures in your head being transcribed to words. Hours spent blogging and promoting your brand. Hours spent editing and re-editing and fighting with your internal editor until you press that important send button.
Hours and days to get your edits back to your editor after you are accepted!
Talking to your characters and then surfacing to come back into the real world.
But while it is all great fun... and I love nothing better to see a day stretch ahead of me when I have nothing else planned except writing...I would like to tell you about the social side of writing.
The best things for me?
Being published and sharing my stories is of course number one!’
Holiday Affair, http://www.amazon.com/Holiday-Affair-ebook/dp/B007KTECCQ is my first contemporary romance and has been on the Amazon best seller list for seven months now and it is a dream come true.
Winter of the Passion Flower http://www.amazon.com/Winter-Passion-Flower-ebook/dp/B007L4DM9O and Blind Lust http://www.amazon.com/Blind-Lust-ebook/dp/B008BP8VX4 are also getting great reviews on their niche genres.
As well, I have made some wonderful online friends all around the world. Writers with common interests and the same problems, writers who worry over characters and plot, grammar and punctuation and the wait to hear back from their publishers and editors! I receive email from Wales, Spain, Texas and England most days and I look forward to talking to my ‘friends’.
A common thread of our conversation... it was all a fluke, I can’t really write. and then you see their books climbing the best seller ranks.
The Facebook and Twitter community. Whilst they are the BIGGEST time suckers and you have to ration yourself—or at least I do—these social networking sites provide solidarity, support and often a laugh in a lonely day.
The authors’ and publishers’ email loops. A great forum to discuss problems and help your writer colleagues promote their books.
Our national associations—Romance Writers Australia and Australian Romance Readers Association are tremendous organisations who provide a wonderful contact point and a plethora of resources for authors.
But best of all? Our face to face writer groups. It is a pleasure being a guest on Suzanne’s blog as we both belong to the wonderful 4PAN writer’s group on the mid north coast.
Let me tell you about the hidden local talent... until I joined RWA last year, I didn’t know these wonderful writers lived close by.
Jenn J. Mcleod http://www.jennjmcleod.com/ whose wonderful debut novel, A House for All Seasons will be out in time for Mother’s Day next year
Bronwyn Parry http://bronwynparry.com/ who writes the most amazing romantic suspense
Karly Lane http://www.karlylane.com/ who writes wonderful rural romance
Kerri Williams http://www.kerri-williams.com/ great stories...romance, suspense and young adult fiction
Fiona McArthur http://fionamcarthur.com/ who has more than twenty five Mills and Boon medical romances available and the wonderful non-fiction Don’t Panic Guide to Birth
Diane Curran http://www.chickollage.com/ who writes collage poetry and is on her journey to publication
Elle Fynllay http://ellefynllay.wordpress.com/ who has been a wonderful critique partner for me and is also on the road to publication with her medieval history novel
And last not but least, Suzanne Brandyn whose site you are on, who writes riveting romantic suspense.
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Thanks for hosting me Suz, and letting me share my thoughts about writing.
What is the best thing for you as a reader or writer? Come along and leave a comment