Sunday, April 29, 2012

Writers Round Table

How do you cope with set-backs?

Jannine Gallant You have to develop a thick skin to be a writer. Rejection letters are a given. So are sales so low you wonder why you even bother. I take a breath and get back to work. You can’t sell books if you don’t write them. Knowing I’ve created stories that received great reviews makes me want to write another one. I keep telling myself that the next book is going to be the big seller. Think positive!

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C.R. Moss

My level on how well I deal—let it roll off, get angry, get down, etc.—depends upon the set-back, but I usually have a good talk with my author friends and/or hubby who help me to find solutions and feel better about what’s going on.
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Mariposa Cruz

One thing that helps me keep perspective is realizing that having to cope with a set-back is better than doing nothing at all. While doing nothing is “failure-free” it is also incredibly boring. Even if it seems like all you’re doing is collecting rejection emails, you are still ahead of the guy with a mind full of stories and nothing on paper.

Readers what is your best coping strategy?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Author Interview-Lynda Bailey

I’m pleased to welcome Lynda Bailey, one of my fellow Sierra Romance Writers.

What inspired you to become a writer?

Guess you could say I wasn’t so much “inspired” to be a writer as desperate to get all the freakin’ stories and characters outta my head. They just kept clamoring at my skull until I got ‘em down on paper. LOL

Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)

Without a doubt, Houston, Dallas and Austin Leigh from Lorraine Heath’s Texas trilogy. Loooooove those guys! They’re hard, but with a soft spot in their hearts for the women in their lives. If you’ve never read Lorraine Heath, you should. She’s an amazing storyteller who’ll make you laugh and cry –probably in the same paragraph.

Tell me what inspired this story.

Interesting story there. It was first inspired by the name of a repo business called, Accounts Retrievable. The business has long since closed, but the name got me thinking. What about a story about a woman who owns a repo business? A no-nonsense, tough as nails woman who’s got a serious soft spot for her alcoholic dad? Put her in a completely foreign situation – surrounded by upper echelon society folk – and watch what happens.

How do you balance your day-to-day commitments with your writing life?

I try to write in the mornings, after walking the dogs and eating breakfast. Mornings are usually best for me to write because my brain isn’t cluttered with other “stuff.” Afternoons are left for errands, appointments and chores. Evenings are for spending time with DH. But we recently bought a new house so my routine has been apple-carted. Lately it’s been write when I’ve got a spare minute. J

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

I appreciate the opportunity to get to know everyone. Please check out my website:

Battle Born Love is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Thanks so much, Mariposa, for having me here today!

Here's a preview of Battle Born Love:


Spirited repo owner, Rory Dawson, agrees to be what she isn’t—the girlfriend of a handsome banker—in order to save her father from a prison sentence. Now Pop is safe, but is her heart?

Kane Williams has made a deal with a most provocative devil in hopes of securing a coveted promotion. All his life he’s endeavored to be the best, to erase the failure of his father. Will years of work be forfeited for a woman, albeit the sexiest one he’s ever known?

From opposite sides of the tracks, Rory and Kane forge an unlikely friendship. Soon, that friendship becomes a steamy relationship. Through trial and pain, they battle to have the love of a lifetime.