There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. --Ernest Hemingway
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The First Author Highlight of 2014--Erin Ann McBride
Hey friends and fellow writers,
I'm pleased to highlight Erin Ann McBride. Aside from being my sister's bestie, she is a terrific romance writer. Erin Ann has been a working girl her whole life and has had some amazing experiences that she puts to good use in her books. I also really enjoy her sense of fantasy and how epic it can be for a couple to go to a great place and just enjoy each other and fall in love. She's a real techie and includes the savvy use of the internet and gadgets into her novels, which I find extremely interesting, because, let's face it, I'm awful with technical stuff. If it works, I'm good.
1) You write romance, but your characters are enmeshed in the high tech world of journalism and how the internet affects their lives. It's almost like the internet is a MC in your stories. How did you develop that idea?
There isn't an aspect of my life that media/internet/technology isn't a part of, so it comes naturally to incorporate it in my writing. Since I try to write "real" romance, (my characters have flaws and realistic responses, even if their scenarios aren't completely common), that means involving the real world, and the real world is often online now.
2) In your Cam and Hailey series, I can tell Cam is modeled after Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, if Mr. Darcy were a very famous broadcast journalist. Where does crazy Hailey come from?
Ah, close! But not quite!
Cam is based very much on an actual real-life journalist who shall remain nameless. Haley is me. She's from my hometown, works for an employer that sounds a lot like mine and physically sounds a lot like me. Haley is what I would/could be if my real life conversations could involve a backspace key.
3) You've got a full-time job in the nation's capital. How do find time to write?
Honestly, I wrote my first 2 books in the Haley series while I was mostly under- and unemployed. I've barely managed to get anything written since starting a full-time job again. But I'm working on it.
Writing is my release. It's my escape from reality. I'd rather write than watch TV. And sometimes I'd rather escape to my imaginary writing world than hang out in the real world.
4) When it comes to outlining, do you fly by the seat of your pants and see what turns up or do you plan it out before you ever sit down to draft?
I write when the mood strikes. When I feel inspired to write or I'm in the zone, nothing will stop me! I can write for hours without coming up for air. But sometimes you just aren't feeling inspired or you just don't know what to write next. That's when I turn to outlining. I usually have the whole story worked out in my head. I put it into an outline when I need to shape it up and figure out what is missing. If anything, outlining usually comes at the end for me. Or is the sign I'm about to scrap what I was working on and go in a different direction.
5) Do you have a writing routine, like writing at a certain time of day or listening to music?
For some reason the writing bug bites me around 9 pm at night, and usually after ice cream. I'll put on some music (usually Maroon 5, or classical, even though I don't really know why) just to block out the world around me.
I can't write at a desk to save my life. I prefer to always write on my laptop, and usually in bed. I've spent days on end in my bed and pajamas to get something finished. You'll never find me in a library or office space pecking away.
If you're a missionary mom like me (a mother whose kid is serving a 2 year mission for the LDS Church), then you understand the title of this post perfectly. This is my son's second Halloween from home. He was out just a few months last Halloween. I take great joy in knowing that for the next one, he'll be home. Today was General Conference for the LDS Church and while listening to some very uplifting talks about life and trying to be a better person, I spent my time crafting this little number. He'll give most of the candy away (cuz he's nice like that), but I think he'll enjoy the graphics and know that I've been thinking about him. Hopefully, it will make him smile. I had a blast putting it together, kind of like a scrap book for The Nightmare Before Christmas. Enjoy! Feel free to copy away!
Do you have anyone far from home that you're thinking of and worrying about? Let's talk! I'd love to hear some of your care package ideas!
I published my little novella titled The Runaway Queen. It's getting lovely reviews. I would love more. Feel free to snag it for free at Instafreebie or Smashwords and all other retail outlets. It's only .99 cents at Amazon. It would also be grand if you signed up for my newsletter. There is a tab on the far right on my homepage:)
So, getting Between Fire and Fury published is taking waaaaay longer than I thought. Of course, it had absolutely NOTHING to do with my son's wedding. Nothing. Ha!
Well, a little. I'd forgotten a friend's birthday in October and she told me not to worry, that weddings take up A LOT of brain space. For realzzz! And I'm the mother of the groom. The mother of the bride must've gone insane. I do happen to know she slept in so long the day after the wedding that her husband was really worried about her;) But she's okay, just got tuckered out.
Here's the update: I just finished correcting all the line …
It all came crashing in on me at once.
Preparing for my son's wedding and an online meeting for my bi-weekly critique group. I had started work on the sequel to my first novel, 17 chapters actually, and felt good about where it was going until...
One of my critique partners suggested that it wasn't really a romance. What???
That really took me aback because that's what I had been doing all along, trying to get my characters back into the heat of romance. It's a medieval action/adventure tale and every one knows that if you're going to keep writing about the same couple in love, you have to keep them apart for a while so they can come back to the relationship with even more fervor than before.
She was right.
But it took a lot of self-reflection to realize that I really had been focusing too much on the action/adventure aspects than the love story. I was getting around to it, but I was writing too many subplots and taking too much time to get there. One thing she said…