A case for reading the genre you write

Posted December 20, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Book Marketing, Writing
A case for reading the genre you write

Especially if it’s romance. (Seriously. Romance is one of the most misunderstood genres out there.) So here’s the thing about genre: It’s a framework. Within each genre are conventions that readers expect (and want) to see. We seek our favorite genres for the predictability of the plot, and we admire writers who twist conventions to create […]

On writer’s guilt (and planning for the new year)

Posted December 13, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
On writer’s guilt (and planning for the new year)

Writer’s guilt usually comes in the form of the voice that whispers you should be writing. Writer’s guilt doesn’t care what else is going on in your life. If you work 40 hours a week, commute to work, and have kids (human or furbabies), you should still be writing enough to compete with people writing full-time. Writer’s […]

NaNoWriMo 2016 Recap

Posted December 6, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Amanda's words
NaNoWriMo 2016 Recap

In November, I participated in NaNoWriMo. It went great… until it didn’t. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that November was a rough month. I started off strong with 25,000 words within the first two weeks. Then everything fell apart. Ha! But I ended the month with 40,000 words, which is no small amount! […]

Adult and YA mysteries to give you a thrill

Posted November 29, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in My bookish life
Adult and YA mysteries to give you a thrill

Pun most definitely intended. While I’m a big fan of all things romance, my first love (heh) was mysteries and thrillers. I suppose it’s not really a big surprise that I ended up wanting to write romantic suspense. Last time I talked about the books I’ve been reading, it was to spotlight some truly fantastic […]

What Mel from Redemption is thankful for

Posted November 24, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Amanda's words
What Mel from Redemption is thankful for

Hey everyone! Mel, here. You may not know me, but you’ll find me as the lead (YES, LEAD, because Ian refuses to participate in this list-making torture, so I can say whatever I want) in Amanda Shofner’s book Redemption. She asked me to pop by today to talk about what I’m thankful for while she’s […]