romance

What Happens When I Write a Sex Scene

I do love a sizzling, toe curling, face flushing sex scene. I love the voyeurism of it, the tantalization, the memories it might dredge up and the ideas it might offer. I love seeing two people hit their peak, especially when it’s surrounded by lashings… of love and romance. What did you think I was going […]

Why Valentine’s Day isn’t for Everyone.

By that, I don’t mean the great, gaping divide between ‘partnered’ and ‘not-partnered’. It’s fairly obvious that those who are alone on Valentine’s Day won’t be shouting to the rooftops about it. They will be the ones discussing the crass commercialism, the way Valentine’s chocolates taste weird compared to normal chocolate and thanking whatever god they […]

A Labour of Love

Whoever it was who said writing a romance novel is easy needs to spend a week in my shoes. I am around 5000 words (two writing days) away from penning the final words in The Defiant One – the second book in my Perth Girls series. Its been a mission. I’ve had to dig deep, […]

Too Many Stories

What do you do when you have a thousand different stories swirling around in your head? I’m asking, because its a problem I struggle with all the time – I have a lovely novel all lined up in my head, and I’ll be writing along merrily, then another idea will swamp me. Then another. Then […]

How much research is too much research?

Amongst my novels in progress is my nearly-twenty-year-old manuscript called The Hidden Duchess. It’s set in the time leading up to the French Revolution (1788-1789) and follows the fortunes of a Duchess who is wrongly accused of murdering her husband, and who is forced into hiding amongst the peasant classes far away from her beloved Paris. […]

Post-Draft Plotting for the Plotter

Plotter or pantser? It’s a question we writers ask each other a lot – are you a plotter, that is, do you know the details and progression of your story before you write it? Are all your duckies in a row before you even write a single word? Or are you a pantser – writing by […]

A Letter from Desiree

Hi everyone! Desiree insisted that I let her post an open letter to you all today. And if you know Desiree at all, you’ll know she isn’t someone to cross, unless you want to catch the harsh side of her tongue. I’m happy not to do that, so without further ado, I’d like to introduce […]

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