Welcome to Blog Hop. If you like to read romance novels of all genres, join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all…about our writing. Each week we answer the same questions. Once you’ve read my blog, the link below will direct you to the next writer’s blog. Tell your friends about us and please ask questions or make comments. We’d love to hear from you.
If you’ve arrived here via my best bud Kim Handysides, welcome. Kim is not only a beautiful and talented actress, she’s a top notch writer. Her soon to be released Stolen Kisses is a fast- paced contemporary romance sure to please. I’ve been lucky enough to get a sneak peek, and believe me you’re in for a treat.
- Does humor help or hinder you in your creative process?
I’m fairly certain that writing without a sense of humor would be a mind-numbing, unexciting, chore. Which means I’d never finish a novel.
I’ve never met anyone who didn’t think they had a decent sense of humor, but not all books are funny. I have a few lines, some tidbits that bring on a laugh, but I wouldn’t classify my books as funny.
Funny writers are my inspiration, the reason I wanted to write. I love reading their work. I’d love to be as funny as say, Janet Evanovich, or MaryKay Andrews or my new favorite funny girl, Darynda Jones, who can make even the Grim Reaper hilarious.
I moved to the Savannah area eleven years ago and am intrigued with my adopted hometown. Enjoying the beautiful historic surroundings of the city, as well as the small nuances of the small fishing village where we reside has been a pleasure. But the real surprises are the people and the often outrageous and entertaining outlooks they have on life, and the tireless compulsion they have to share their opinions. My new friends, neighbors, even strangers, are whacky wonderfully sidesplitting funny and offer untold ideas that keep my creative juices flowing. I try to bring a little Southern humor into my work.
- What is a favorite go-to book or movie you use to unblock a problem in your writing? My favorite book to work out a problem in my manuscript changes from month to month. Right now, it’s any Harlen Coben novel. I love that guy. Last year, it was re-reading one of my fav’s, Defending Jacob by William Landay. And it isn’t uncommon for me to re-read a J.D. Robb In Death Series, just because Nora is such a great storyteller and Eve Dallas is a cool, no-nonsense kind of heroine, which is a personal favorite.
- What’s the most inspiring book you’ve read this week or month that’s generated a new idea?
Wow, that’s a tough one and I flipped back through my iPad to see what I’d recently downloaded. I have to say it’s a toss-up between How To Write A Novel Using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson, and Save The Cat by Blake Synder.
Both books are craft books. That’s where I find the most inspiration, and if I had to chose between those two, it’d be Save The Cat hands down.
That’s it for me this week. Let’s roll over to the awesome and talented and very busy hardcore romance writer Jami Denise, and see what she has to say.