Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Author Spotlight >>> Gemma Snow


Gemma Snow is an erotic romance writer, traveler, journalist, and reader.

How long have you been writing?

I’m really lucky. I grew up in an artistic family, so I actually started writing when I was around eight years old. My mom taught poetry and creative writing classes for kids and teens and I essentially studied with her until I outgrew it.

My folks were great about pushing me to follow writing, but to be smart and make a career out of it so I studied journalism and publishing in college. I absolutely love writing romance and would likely do it anyway, but it really helps that it’s a commercial genre with potential for success. I officially started writing romance professionally in college, so it’s been about four and a half years.

Tell us a little bit about your writing, what is the process like?

Honestly, it depends on the book. I’m usually thinking of a story three or four books ahead of actually writing it, so I’ll have a general vibe by the time I get there. It’s part of the reason I really like working in series and establishing characters and worlds that will last me for longer than a single book.

I tend to be a quick writer and then I’ll dive more thoroughly into developmental and structural edits. National Novel Writing Month is a great tool for my style and I like writing sprints and daily word count goals. That being said, I’ve rewritten entire books from the inside out, so it’s really case by case.

Who’s your favorite author?

I honestly can’t pick when it comes to romance novels. Suzanne Brockmann is one of my all-time favorite authors and only more so now that she’s holding romance to a high standard. I love Laura Kaye, Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas, Annabeth Albert, Joanna Shupe, Alyssa Cole.

Outside of romance, my top author is Juliet Marillier. She’s the queen of writing amazing heroes. I’m also a huge Leigh Bardugo and Victoria Aveyard fan.

What is the most frustrating aspect of the writing process?


Writing the book. No, I jest. I think the most frustrating part is when you know there’s a major change you need to make to the book. It’s going to make it a better book or make it easier to finish writing and there’s every reason to do it, it’s just a lot of work. For instance, my current work in progress had a hidden identity as part of the plot and about two-thirds of the way through I realized how creepy that element was. So I pulled up my pants and got into the mud and fixed it. It’s a better book for it, but it’s a lot of work.

What is the one piece of advice you’d give new writers?

It’s two-fold. The obvious one is write. That’s the one you’ll hear a lot when you first get started and for good reason. It’s easy to imagine being a fancy writer in her gilded castle, but in order to do that you have to write, often, well and again. Writing is like, the whole thing of being a writer.

But beyond that and more in line with things I wish someone had told me, treat writing like a business. Yes, it’s your artistic passion. Yes, you get to create worlds and tell stories and people will love you for it. But treat it like work. Go to work, whether it’s full-time or first thing in the morning or late at night. Save all your receipts. Make yourself a brand. The earlier on you treat writing like a business, the more successful your business will be.

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Gemma Snow loves high heat, high adventures and high expectations for her heroes! Her stories are set in the past and present, from the glittering streets of Paris to cowboy-rich Triple Diamond Ranch in Wolf Creek, Montana.

In her free time, she loves to travel, and spent several months living in a 14th-century castle in the Netherlands. When not exploring the world, she likes dreaming up stories, eating spicy food, driving fast cars, and talking to strangers. She recently moved to Nashville with a cute redheaded cat and a cute redheaded boy.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

End of summer blues...or not

Each season brings forth its own charm. As autumn draws near and leaves turn a shade of copper thoughts of cooler nights and pumpkin-spiced everything emerge. 

Personally, I'm excited for this end of year as I will be attending the New Jersey RWA conference in October and in November I will join fellow writers for NaNoWriMo. Also, as 2018 winds down I'm equally as excited to take stock of my writing goals and this year I’ve reached a few milestones. 

In January when I formed an Accountability Partner (AP) relationship with author JN Welsh we were both seeking a ‘partner’ to keep us honest and on track. 

I’ll say that this AP relationship worked out very well for us as we were both deadest on attaining several important goals. So we both made a commitment to be each other; and by commit, I mean we made it a point to meet on a regular basis, weekly, monthly, whatever time we managed to carve out of our hectic schedules. The point of an AP is for that person to be a soundboard and a cheerleader all in the same. 

I hope your year as been just as awesome; if not, you still have four months, so get on it!

Happy writing,

Maria

Thursday, June 14, 2018

What I learned from the NPR Raccoon


Move over soaps; forget daytime television shows, here comes the newest hit sensation: NPR Raccoon!

When I got wind that a raccoon was climbing the UBS building in St. Paul, Minnesota, I turned to the Internet just like thousands of other people.

At first, the raccoon’s notoriety was limited to ogling bystanders, but within a couple of hours cameras were positioned at every angle.  CNN and Fox News and all major networks were covering the mammal’s every move, the hashtag #nprraccoon started trending getting thousands of hits, and then we all held our breaths. 

Not knowing much about raccoons, I did a search online to find out what might have driven this furry little creature to act in such a way. One researcher stated, “…not sure if raccoons possess intelligence in a critical thinking way so much as an “insatiable curiosity” which leads them often enough to success.” Very interesting.

I’m currently in the throes of writing my next romance book and I need to take pointers from this little guy: don’t dwell too much on the critical thinking, just let my ‘insatiable curiosity’ be my drive. I need to write with reckless abandon.

Thank you NPR Raccoon for your inspiration!

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Maria