Romance With a Dose of Sweet Sugar and a Dash of Steamy Spice!

Romance With a Dose of Sweet Sugar and a Dash of Steamy Spice!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Attention Writers! Check Out These Tips on How to Handle Rejection, Face Challenges, Remain Motivated, & More!

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to my blog! I recently had a great discussion on writing with women's fiction author Pamela Towns that I’d love to share with you. We discussed several aspects of the process, from challenges authors face to finding inspiration, as well as how to deal with rejection, traditional versus indie publishing, and much more. Read on for highlights of what I shared, then check out Pamela’s take on my romantic suspense novel, WARDS OF THE WOMEN!

Pamela: What are your biggest challenges as an author?

Denise: As an author, my biggest challenge is oftentimes the editing process. I love creating stories, building worlds, bring plotlines together, etc. But once the book is written and it’s time to read it, then reread it, then reread it again, I find myself becoming burned out. And I tend to be a perfectionist, so combing through each page in search of errors can be quite daunting.

Remaining motivated while writing a book can also be challenging. Once I’ve penned my outline, I’m excited to begin introducing the characters and setting up the plot. But when I reach the middle of the manuscript, and it’s time to execute the plot and subplots then tie the storylines together, that process can be overwhelming/draining.

Pamela: Where do you draw inspiration for your stories and characters?

Denise: When it comes to my writing, I am oftentimes inspired by everyday sightings, stories I’ve heard from family and friends, and various things I have personally experienced. I also adore the city of Los Angeles and all things Hollywood, so several of my books are inspired by that.

My novel THE ROAD TO BLISS is about a small town woman who falls in love with a movie star. THE HOLIDAY CHRONICLES series follows an A-list publicist and her fiery, complicated relationship with a bad boy celebrity client. The influence of LA is apparent throughout all of those stories.

Pamela: Do you find it easier to be part of the traditional publishing house or is it simpler to be an indie author?

Denise: At this point in my career, I find it easier to be a part of the traditional publishing houses. I’ve self-published in the past, and there’s definitely an advantage to having full control over every aspect of your projects. But there is a lot of work and responsibility that goes into indie publishing, so having a publisher that can take on the bulk of that work is advantageous. I’m lucky in that I’ve worked with editors and graphic designers who have taken my thoughts, ideas, and opinions into consideration during the production process. So bringing my books to life has been a collaborative team effort.

Pamela: What advice would you give fledgling writers on rejection? 

Denise: My best advice is to always remember that creativity is subjective. We cannot expect everyone to love our work, and throughout this literary journey, we’ll probably receive more “no’s” than “yes’s.” However, that should never be a deterrent. We write because we love to do so, and it’s our passion. Focusing on the enjoyment of the process, improving our craft, and creating good work should always be in the forefront, as well as never giving up. If we stick with our goals and remain consistent, the positive results will come.

Pamela’s Review of My Romantic Suspense Novel

This story, Wards of the Women, is “roll on the floor with laughter” good! Wheatley did a masterful job weaving in sistah-girl humor so thick, you feel you know these endearing ladies personally! Fifi with her ta-tas issues, Shayne, who co-signs on Fifi’s drama, and Violet has a tongue like a sword. The tail unravels with the unthinkable transpiring, pulling these ladies along for the ride. I highly recommend this book!

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Author Pamela Towns

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CLICK HERE to check out my write-up and review of Pamela Towns' women's fiction/family drama, NEVER TOO LATE!

For more information on Pamela, her writing journey, social media links, etc., visit her website, Pen, Paper & Perseverance!

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