Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Love Lost and Found and Michele DeWinton

Despite our epic battle last week, I'm happy to welcome Michele DeWinton to the blawg. Give her a warm welcome!

Thanks so much for having me over. It’s going to be a crazy fun ride with the fab four Entangled Indulgence September release authors. Nothing like spreading the love about the Indulgence love! Sofia asked me what advice I would have given my writing-self three years ago, knowing what I do now? Here what popped up for me, hope you enjoy.

  1. Be in it for the long haul – because things can get rough out there. You might have a dream start (and I’ve had a dream ride really, my first book getting picked up by a main stream publisher and then when I ventured into romance having my first two books taken to the first publishers I shipped them too) but if you’re serious about this writing malarkey, sure as pigs love mud, it’s likely you’ll get rejected somewhere along the way. Try and take the good with the bad and just keep on keeping on.

  2. Write for yourself first, everyone else next – If you want to keep up this writing business you’ve gotta enjoy it. The moral of my story is that you don’t know where inspiration will spring from, or from what meagre beginnings your writing star will start shining. But you can keep pushing a passionate pen. You can float your dreams out on paper and let your characters dance with them. You can let the colour of some dark forest haunt your words or the light of morning warm them. And even if you don’t want anyone else to see them, those words will be all yours. Full of poise and personality and passion, you will have created something that no one else has. And you will have made the world just a tiny bit better because of it. Isn’t that fantastic.
  3. Be patient – time moves very, very slowly with publishing houses and even agents. The Romance world tends to be faster on balance than other genres in my experience, but just when you think everything is rocking along, sometimes things can come to a grinding halt. Don’t sweat it – it’ll still happen and you’re editor wont thank you for the million emails you send her asking BUT WHEN?

  4. Adhere to the fab four piece of writing advice someone once told you and you thought they were joking:
  • Write. There are very few full time writers who make a serious living from their craft, but the discipline to get up every day and make yourself get onto the page is the thing that will likely be the difference between you getting published and not.

  • Edit. Don’t send off the first draft of anything, short story, play, novel. Even if it is a piece of genius. Let it sit, just for a couple of days if that’s all you’ve got and then re-read. You’ll likely pick up something that could do with tweaking.

  • Create a team. I’ve been part of a writing group for the last few years and they are the only people who see my first drafts. Having an objective eye look over your work is invaluable.

  • Read. Everything.
Felicity Williams can't remember the last five years thanks to an accident that wiped out her memory. She fled her old life in hopes of starting fresh and found refuge working on a cruise ship. But her past is coming for her…
Rick McCarthy wakes after a climbing accident to discover that his business partner and fiancĂ©e has quit her job and disappeared. He’s trying to accept that she’s run out on him, but now he needs her signature to close a deal that could literally be life or death. He’ll go to any extreme to get what he needs…even if that means becoming someone else to win her back. But a little lie becomes a large mess when they’re stranded on a deserted island together, and old misunderstandings might ruin their chance at new love…

Michele de Winton loves sunshine, chardonnay, (preferably together), beaches, trees, great vegetarian food, steamy writing and happy endings. She’s been known to be an all round arty type and it's no wonder that her first romance has a little sparkle of the stage tucked into its pages. Being a writer was not was she was supposed to be when she ‘grew up' but then neither was being a dancer. Sometimes her performing past jumps out of the dress up box and requires attention. But most of the time she’s content to stay in her PJs. All day. And she also thinks that chocolate can solve pretty much everything. Her debut romance The Boss and Her Billionaire hit the top 100 Bestsellers on Barnes and Noble in its first week and continues to do well. Love Lost and Found is the second in that series. You can get in touch with her at:
Website – www.micheledewinton.com
Blog – www.micheledewinton.blogspot.co.nz
Twitter - @Micheledewinton
Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6443966.Michele_de_Winton
Facebook (author page.) - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michele-de-Winton-Author-Page/155966894515844?ref=hl
Facebook (author profile page) - https://www.facebook.com/michele.dewinton
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  1. Thanks again for having me! So much fun at our twitter party...we'll have to do it again sometime! x

  2. We do! I miss sparing with you already. :)