Secrets of a romance Writer, Week 6:
Five Authors I'd like to meet
Blog Post 6 Five Authors I’d Like to Meet
- Devika Fernando. She’s been an amazing inspiration for me, and I’m honored to have done some collaborative work with her. As a new writer, I was shocked when SHE reached out to me, and told me she admired MY work. *thud* ME? I’m new at this? I have no idea what I’m doing! In the last eighteen months, I have learned so much through our friendship, and it’s great knowing she’ll give me helpful and honest writing advice. Living on opposite sides of the world makes things complicated, and lately our schedules are off, I miss REALLY getting to talk to her. But it’s also a kick to know I can send her a little blurb or sneak peak, and she’ll see it when I’m sound asleep and I’ll wake up to messages like, ‘I hate you; you are evil’ or ‘sfkfdksaf DEAD.” (That’s my favorite!)
- Monica Corwin. Monica is also a great friend to go to for advice! I lucked out with a writing group I fell into nearly two years ago, when I was still just writing drabbles and fan fics. Monica has always been so kind to me, and encouraging. I’d love to pick her brain and ask her the important questions, like ‘HOW DO YOU DO IT?’ Seriously, she has a new book nearly every two months and she is SO GOOD at the marketing game. I swear, the woman never sleeps… And I just feel like we’d get along, hanging out at Barnes and Noble, talking writing, Doctor Who or Harry Potter…
- Amanda Samaroo. She’s a screenwriter and her scripts are PHENOMENAL. She truly writes from the heart and holds true to the theory ‘write what you know’ and uses it as a way to work through life's big issues. I read a scene and I just wanna wrap a blanket around her and hold her in my arms. When one of her pieces finally makes it to the big screen, I’ll have the tissues ready. Added bonus? I could talk to her all day. I LOVE her Southern accent! She always apologizes for it when we chat, but it’s really the most adorable thing about her.
- Bridget Blackburn. Ok. Call it a cheat. I’ve met Bridget once at Penned Con, for about five minutes. We bonded over my fangirl bag with a mintmintdoodles drawing of Captain America and Wonder Woman! But through the course of social media, we’ve had a chance to chat several times, and every time I reach out to her with a question, she’s been SO AMAZING to answer back and take time out of her busy day to talk with me! (Which is why I feel SO TOTALLY GUILTY I have an email she sent me I just found two days ago with some stuff to read, but life got super crazy and I’m planning to read it TODAY!) And Bridget totally rocks the mermaid hair look, with blues, pinks and purples and she just looks so great! How could I not want to sit down with her again?! Imo’s pizza, Bridget? (giggles)
- The Lucky Seven girls! That’s what we’ve taken to calling the group of writers who are working on the 52 Week Blog Challenge! I’m so happy to call Lisa Andrew (thewife101) my best friend, already. She’s mine! I found her first. Y’all should just be happy I share her with the rest of you. She’s really an amazing writer, and if she hadn’t encouraged me when I started sharing stories with her, I wouldn’t be here today. She believed in me, and shared everything she knew about writing, posting and how to do the PR game. We’re kinda on this journey together. When my friend Gisela Grey started talking about this blog challenge, I thought it would be fun. I had no idea it would lead me to a new group of writer friends! It’s all fallen into place in just the last few weeks, during a period when I’ve been on a real life roller coaster of emotions and setbacks, so I’ll be honest, I haven’t had a good chance to really connect with the other girls yet, but it’s nice knowing they have my back! And the fact we all are fans of Supernatural is just an added bonus!
I think my general theme is 'authors who are friendly and helpful.' I’ve encountered some who want to act like everything is a big secret, or they’re better than me because they have a publishing company and I’m ‘just self-published.’ To that, I say ‘screw you.’ I spent just as much time writing AND I had selection over my own book cover! *shrugs shoulders* At the end of the day, the market is big enough for us all, and hopefully, one day I’ll be named on someone’s list like this, as someone who was willing to help other up and coming writers…
If you wanna know how the Lucky Seven feel about this week's topic, check out the following blogs for other inspiring authors!