Writing What You Know, or What You’ve Lived (post by Anna)

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in Anna's Posts, Research, Writer's Life |

Writing What You Know, or What You’ve Lived by Anna March 20, 2016 Every writer, and many non-writers, have heard this advice. Write what you know. But what does it really mean? If you write about elves or vampires or aliens, then writing what you know may seem a difficult task. Then again, maybe you’ve been abducted by aliens or met an elf — who am I to judge? J But seriously, taking “write what you know” literally leads to boring stories. This...

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What is Erotic Romance? Readers Speak Out (post by Anna)

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Anna's Posts, Behind the Book, Fun Stuff, Research |

What is Erotic Romance? Readers Speak Out By Anna February 5, 2016 I’ve never been afraid to stray from the mainstream, forging my own trail. While romance novels remain the most popular fiction genre, they also remain possibly the most ridiculed. Ever heard the term bodice-rippers? Mommy porn? That term was used most famously to describe the book Fifty Shades of Grey. I’ve read the book. First of all, it ain’t as porno as the people using that term think...

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The Writer’s Big Bang: Secrets of Worldbuilding (Post by Anna)

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Anna's Posts, Behind the Book, Fun Stuff, Research, Writer's Life |

The Writer’s Big Bang: Secrets of Worldbuilding by Anna November 27, 2015 Readers often ask questions about my writing — where do story ideas come from, how do I name characters, etc. I love answering questions, because I love hearing from my readers. My newsletter subscribers often receive the benefits of these questions when I share with them brief answers or anecdotes from my life as a writer. But today, I’d like to share with everyone the answer to a...

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Talk to the Sheriff, Don’t Get Arrested (Post by Anna)

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Anna's Posts, Behind the Book, Research, Writer's Life |

Talk to the Sheriff, Don’t Get Arrested by Anna November 13, 2015 Even romance writers have to do research. Sometimes we do a little, sometimes a lot, all depending on the story. When I wrote my award-winning upcoming book, Fired Up, I did moderate research into the lives of firefighters as well as the Chicago area. Since most of the story didn’t involve the hero’s firefighter job, I didn’t go overboard with the research (yes, it’s possible to...

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Reborn from the Ashes of History (post by Anna)

Posted by on Oct 25, 2015 in Anna's Posts, Behind the Book, Blog Hops, Research | 14 comments

Reborn from the Ashes of History by Anna October 25, 2015 Would you want to live forever? Immortality doesn’t always mean never dying. It can also entail being reborn or resurrected after death. We humans have told tales and built religious beliefs around this idea since recorded history began — and probably even before that. Today, many Christians believe in spiritual rebirth through the acceptance of Christ as their savior. Reincarnation of the soul plays a role in...

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When Scotland Calls Your Name (post by Anna)

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Anna's Posts, Research, Writer's Life | 16 comments

When Scotland Calls Your Name by Anna September 4, 2015 Welcome to my brand-new blog, Spunk & Hunks! I’m excited to share with you my love of romance fiction, whether it be paranormal, contemporary, or any of other subgenre. I devour books in all romance subgenres, as well as other types of fiction. But romance remains my true love. In my writing, I relish any chance to push the boundaries of my comfort zone and break into a new type of story. Though my romances...

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