Friday, October 19, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
"Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Bridget?" Yes, authors have fears.We're all insecure. Okay, maybe I shouldn't talk about all authors. I'll say that I have lots of fears.
My first fear: the ideas will stop. I think that's the main one. As authors and readers, we always hear that there are no new storylines. Authors are supposed to create fresh characters, settings, and plots to make their stories seem less cookie cutter. I think how I do it is by punching up the norm. I write interracial romances, and I did it in a time when they were seen as fetish fiction. Then I started writing interracial BDSM romances. So now I pressure myself to take it up another notch, not only to keep it interesting for you readers, but also keep challenging myself as a writer.
My second fear: the readers will stop reading me. I think besides not getting inspired to write new stories, losing readers is right up there as a genuine fear. I love writing to entertain. If I fail to entertain, I fail as an author.
My third fear: I'm misunderstood. This fear goes hand in hand with my second fear. If the point you try to make as an author doesn't get translated, then you run the risk, as an author, on losing readers. No reader wants to read an author who is a one-trick pony, trotting out the same plot with different characters and slightly different settings. Readers want to be pleasantly surprised.
So with all of these fears, how do I get over it? For one, I have to trust my muse. The ideas will come. And if they don't, I scan news stories on the Internet. I pay attention to my dreams. I people watch. That's right. So don't pick your nose in public. Or do it. I'll make a story about it.
Now that I bared all to you, just know that as an author, I'm trying. And as an author, I appreciate every reader. And with that, I have to go and do edits for one of my publishers.
Friday, October 5, 2012
It's fall! This is my very favorite time of year. Around my neck of the woods, (NC), Mother Nature must have missed the memo- the last two weeks we've had temps in the eighties and very high, sticky humidity. Not cute. Finally, the weather is beginning to break as we head into the second week of October. Here's hoping fall weather is here to stay.
We're all busy this time of year- kids are in school, groups are meeting, people are gearing up for the holiday season. The Hot MAMAs are not exempt from this fall induced busy-ness. Here's the lowdown on what's coming up here in the warmest corner of the Internets.
I'll be releasing a new adult paranormal short story, Second Sight, on October 25th. It will be available for only .99 cents on an ereader of your choice! Don't be scared, I don't do blood and gore, and no vampires are involved. Like Altonya, I enjoy the YA genre, and want to spread my writing wings. Also, if you'll be in the Cary, NC area on October 13, I'll be signing books at the Embassy Suites on Harrison Oaks Boulevard from 5-6pm.
Guest Posts Begin This Month
Hot MAMAs like to spice things up from time to time, so we've opened up the blog to Sunday guest posters. That's right, now you can expect even more variety of great authors when you visit us. Nancy Lee Badger, an author of paranormal and Scottish Highland themed romances, will kick things off for us with her post on October 14th. Next up will be Laura Browning, contemporary romance author, on October 28. Be sure to stop by and show them some love!
November- Reader Feedback Month
All through November, we'll be asking for your feedback on works in progress, books we've already released, and on what you'd like to see here at Hot MAMA Land. So stay tuned- and let your voice be heard!
December- Hot Holiday Giveaway Days
No matter what you celebrate, this time of year is full of parties, and the Hot MAMAs love a party! All month long, there will be giveaways for you, the reader. Every single post, including the guest posts for the month, will offer you a chance to win fantastic prizes. Books, gift cards, swag, and all manner of awesomeness will be yours for the winning, so don't miss a single post!
I know you don't want to miss out on any of the great things happening this fall at Hot MAMA Land, so I encourage you to follow the blog. Use the blue follow button in the right sidebar to do so, so you won't miss a moment of the excitement.
Also, tickets for the Hot MAMA Land Fly Hat Society Luncheon will go on sale in December/ January, so stay tuned for updates on that. The event will be held March 9, 2013.
Until Next Time,