Friday, July 23, 2010
I didn’t start out as a novelist. I kept a journal. I wrote poetry. I took a creative writing class in college and had the teacher tell me to write for myself. It was after I started reading romances that I thought I could do that. Do you remember Barbara Cartland with her gypsy princes, corporate moguls, royalty and lost heirs? I think I read every book. Her writing reawakened the belief in love and happy endings that real life had battered to a pulp. I wanted to write stories to make the reader feel good.
I had an old computer, but my first effort was on a typewriter. It was awful. When I realized it wasn’t as easy as I thought, I joined the nearest romance writers group. I planned on finishing that first book in a month or two, then get published.
I learned it wasn’t that easy. The first book took me years because I kept going back and redoing. My first sale took me ten years.
I don’t regret the time it took. I’m still learning. I love the writing process, the people I’ve met, and seeing my cover for the first time. I love sharing my stories and plan to keep writing the Rhodes End series that started with Ancient Awakening.
Coming soon from The Wild Rose Press, my next release, Ancient Blood, pits a werewolf against the man stalking his mate.
Visit me at www.barbaraedwards.net
Monday, July 19, 2010
Anne McCaffrey in the science fiction arena still holds a piece of my heart. While I do love Pern quite a bit, my favorite series from her is the Crystal Singer trilogy. A great escape with music, gems, and world exploration.
Janny Wurts is my queen in epic fantasy. Great worldbuilding and in depth character exploration. Her Wars of Light and Shadow series spans hundreds of years and goes in depth in how politics and religion can change a world.
Anne Bishop's characters call to me. I live for the next Black Jewels book because I want to see what is happening in the lives of her characters.
These authors have been with me for years. I've had to replace books because I've read them so many times. Yes, I pick up new books and new authors. Ilona Andrews is an author I started reading about two years ago and recommend her for anyone looking for Urban Fantasy. But I still go back to my favorites. At least once a year I will read every book I have from these authors. That is what makes these authors favorites for me. No matter how many times I've read the story before, I still look forward to reading it again.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
My upcoming Black Rose release is Endangered, but I'm also a historical gal, so if you like historical with a paranormal twist, check out The Last Promise, available at TWRP. And speaking of historical paranormal don't miss Paty Jager's Spirit of the Mountain (available in August), and check out author, Dorothy McFalls, who also writes paranormal historical romances. Happy Reading~ Mal
Thursday, July 15, 2010
For me, that list does get a bit smaller. Being an avid reader, I’ve come across many fantastic authors, but I can name two books that have greatly influenced my writing.
On October 6, 1847, a novel entitled, Jane Eyre, was published in London, England by Smith, Elder & Co. The author was then known as Currer Bell, which was the pen name for Charlotte Brontë. Jane Eyre captured me from the first page and I could not put this book down. Though there are several themes throughout the book, I believe the core is the love story between the governess, Jane, and her employer, Mr. Rochester set at Thornfield Hall. The passion of these two characters kept me hooked and the torment they both suffered kept me hoping there would be a happily-ever-after for them. (After all, I am a romance writer keen to see a HEA for all books!)
The next book I came across that captured my fascination was partially inspired by Jane Eyre. Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, published in England in 1938, became an instant favorite of mine. Again from the first page, I was captivated by her voice and her story. The whirlwind romance that leads to marriage between the main character and Maxim de Winter is just the beginning of the new life of the second Mrs. de Winter. While living at Manderley, she learns about her husband’s first wife, Rebecca, and the mystery surrounding her death.
Both of these novels are filled with romance and intrigue, a combination that makes for a wonderful page-turning book. And both are written in first person point-of-view which has become my favorite viewpoint to read. These novels are also considered to be among the group of gothic romances that originally became popular in the late 18th century and continue their popularity even today.
Because I’m an avid romance reader and an ex-bookseller who still loves recommending books to others, I will add some of my other favorite authors in no particular order. Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Lynn Kurland, Gayle Wilson, Deborah Simmons, Claire Delacroix, Elizabeth Thornton, Katie Macalister, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris and Janet Evanovich. Okay, these were just a few… What or who is your favorite?
And on July 21, 2010 please check out my debut release, The Witch and the Wolf, a paranormal regency romance.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
What books do you like to read?
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I'm pretty excited, not to mention nervous - after all this is my precious :)
To celebrate its entry into the world I'll be doing a giveaway, starting on the 9th, on my blog. Come on over and join me :)
HUMAN WITH A TWIST by Louise Delamore
Betrayal and a broken heart have made Zaralyn determined to avoid romance at all costs. A chance rescue outside a nightclub by the mysterious Gideon Nite challenges her resolution and her heart.
Gideon is attracted to Zaralyn from the moment he sees her, but how can he prove he’s worth trusting when he has so much to hide? What starts out as simple attraction spirals out of control when it becomes clear their lives are in danger. Nothing is simple – even Gideon isn’t what he seems. He is a human with a twist – one of those who for centuries have been misunderstood and labeled ‘Vampyre’.
How can she love a man who isn't a man at all, especially when a killer is marking them for death?Check it out print & eBook
Hope you enjoy.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I've always enjoyed seeing fireworks. I live in a mountainous state, and I'd have to say my favorite place to go on July Fourth is the beautiful town of Grand Lake. Ah, to see fireworks over the lake. Now that is something. And they play patriotic music. I took my phone out the year I got to go there and took the best pictures I could to remember this event. 30,000 people packed into that small mountain town to party. If only I could go every year. :)
Now I love history and am constantly reading books about many different eras. Have you ever heard of Caesar Rodney? No? He was very important to the cause of Independence for America. I read a story on him recently. Why do we know Paul Revere's name but not his? In the story I read, it explained that the 13 colonies had to all agree to fight for independence, or the idea would be defeated. It came down to one colony's vote. There were three delegates. One wanted independence, one didn't, and the third would be a tie-breaker.
Mr. Rodney was in favor of independence, but wasn't there to vote. On July first, his co-delegate hired the fastest rider he could find to ride through the night through a terrible storm. The man arrived at Mr. Rodney's house late with the urgent news. Mr. Rodney rode hard all the way back.
On July second, those in favor of independence tried to stall the vote. Time ticked away. The door flew open, and in walked Caesar Rodney, bedraggled. He voted, and the delegates decided to fight for independence. Here's another amazing thing: Mr. Rodney had cancer and had planned to go to England for treatment. When he voted to rebel, he lost his chance for treatment. So I ask, why don't more people know his name? -Corinne MacGregor, Black Rose editor.
p.s. are there any writers of Black Rose stories who also love history? It would be cool to see stories combining the two
Sunday, July 4, 2010
I’m at the beach, one of my favorite places in the world. I drove down to Emerald Isle, NC after work Thursday and met a girlfriend/co-worker and her sisters at a fabulous restaurant on the pier. Then we went out for karaoke.
On Friday, I hung out on the beach with some of my neighbors from the camper park. Later, I stayed in my camper, writing until my husband’s arrival.
Saturday. the water was so calm it looked like the Caribbean. Crystal green near shore and deep blue near the horizon. It was gorgeous. Perfect for swimming. Not so good for those who surf. But it was a fabulous day of sun, ocean breezes and reading.
I love reading on the beach. I recently downloaded Liz Phelp’s new release, Mirror Image on my Nook. The heroine is unique. And tough. And Liz has done a good job introducing backstory without dumping it on the reader in the first chapter. I’m really enjoying it. But is it going to be my favorite book? Hmm. Can you even have a favorite?
Choosing a favorite book is sort of like choosing a favorite body part. You love or need pretty much all of them, except the appendix. And each part serves a unique purpose. My “favorite” books are like that. I enjoyed each one for a different reason. But I still couldn’t choose a favorite any more than I could choose a favorite finger. Although, I must admit, there is one finger I think about using more than the others when I’m pissed.
When I was little, my favorite book was Harold and the Purple Crayon. I loved it because Harold had this magical crayon and when he didn't like the things in his life, he just drew the world around him the way he wanted it to be.
I sometimes wish the real world were like that. Maybe I'm a control freak. Or maybe I'm just a romantic. I want life and love to be happily ever after. I guess that's why I love romances so much. I need that HEA or at the very least, a satisfying ending.
The Count of Monte Cristo had a satisfying ending. That's also one of my favorite books because it re-taught me the joy of reading. In high school, I'd gotten where I hated reading because I was always having to read books and stories not to my liking so I could be tested on them. But one teacher allowed us to choose the book we wanted to read. And I chose The Count of Monte Cristo. And I learned to love reading again.
I always wished I could re-write the original ending and make it happier. I guess that's why I loved the re-make of the movie. The latest Count of Monte Cristo movie ends the way I wanted the book to end. And, it stars Jim Caviezel. And he is just gorgeous.
So, I guess I don't really have a favorite book. Do you?