Update: Snippet from Work in Progress


For a tense second she swore the air stood still around them. Then he was on her, but not on her. Her perplexed mind couldn’t register soon enough that his mouth was a pant away from hers though it felt like he caressed her. The only place he did touch was her neck, yet it seemed as if his hands were everywhere heating her up from the inside out. Ghost sensations made her skin pebble. She inhaled deeply. There he was. His musky tone, mixed with an herbal aroma teasing her nose. The scent that made him all Raze, all man, it engulfed her in a sensuous fog.

“I’m going to kiss you.”

His warning meant nothing to her. Instead of backing away she stood on her toes. He groaned a fatalistic edge to the sound.


Not mine, found on the inter-webs.

I’m still hard at work on this paranormal romance of mine and honestly, I’m in such a good place with it. I feel like it’s a story I want to share with the world. It will definitely have all the heat elements of The Wolf’s Choice, though probably score higher on the drama and action scale.

The Wolf’s True Mate has kept me on my toes. Made me ask hard questions about my writing process and also the type of stories I want to tell.

I have other WIPs I’ve roughly outlined and plan on diving into right after this one. I’ve sit with it for a long time and know once I’m done I’ll be able to let go of the manuscript and not come back to it as obsessively as I’ve done.

The above snippet from The Wolf’s True Mate stood out to me as I went through the first couple of chapters while I was revising. I don’t know why, but it just drew me into the hero and herione’s story.

Cara and Raze have given me uphill, but I love them for it.

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January Writing Tip 4

Funnily enough, this was a hard one for me to grasp in recent years.

As someone who wanted to write for Harlequin, I literally entered their So You Think You Can Write competition as a newbie author with no know-how whatsover. I wrote the kind of novel I thought they would want.

When I didn’t make the cut, I looked at my novel again and rewrote some of it. But it still had that Harlequin vibe. My second contemporary romance I wrote again for a Harlequin writing competition. I made it to the top 5, but didn’t win. That novel was also geared towards the publisher and though I cared about the story (like I do with all my writing), it wasn’t like this quote from Laini Taylor.

The Wolf’s Choice became this quote for me. If I walked into a bookstore or if I was browsing online in an e-bookstore…what book, what story will intrigue me?

It took me three books to get to a place as an author where I’m more interested in writing stories for myself than what I think I publisher wants.

Nothing wrong with that.

It just didn’t work for me.

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My Reading Binge

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This is not my reading nook. I wish!

 

I’ve done a ridiculous amount of reading recently. And if you’d been following my blog for awhile, you know that I love reading. Reading got me into writing.

So I’ve been on a reading binge. The main reason for that being, I was stuck in bed for two weeks. I couldn’t go anywhere. And while that may be fun for some, it’s not so fun when you’re in pain, drugged and feel like you want to die. (Okay that’s a tad dramatic. But true.)

Books were the only thing that made the whole experience less annoying. And YouTube videos. And Instagram. But mostly books *grin* And let me just take a moment to give a big, fat thank you to all my fellow authors. Seriously, thank you for writing these stories. The world would be a vast and empty place without writers. Just saying.

Now I would love to write comprehensive reviews about all the books I’ve read but that would take the amount of time I need to spend working on the book series I’m planning. So not gonna happen any time soon *wink*

What I am going to do, because these books entertained my bedridden-self like you wouldn’t believe, is list them all below as a sort of recommendation for anyone who might find themselves in a similar situation and need distraction.

So without further adieu here they are:

  1. The Wounded Souls series by Leah Sharelle. Honestly, going into it I didn’t know if I would like it or not, because I’m not into biker club romances (I also didn’t watch that US biker club TV show either). But this group of ex-military men turned bikers actually intrigued me and how the author dealt with their PTSD. And of course the romance is off the charts. Plus it’s gritty in the emotions department. And I like characters that hurt before it gets better…does that make sense? Anyway, I will definitely be continuing the series. So far there are three books that I know of.
  2. The Governess Game by Tessa Dare. This book had me at, “The morning began in the same way as most of Chase’s mornings lately. With a tragic demise.” Filled with humor and romance. Sign. Me. Up.
  3. Rule#1 You Can’t Date the Coach’s Daughter by Anne-Marie Meyer. The title alone drew me in. I already knew what the conflict was going to be about, so fun times. It’s also teen fiction, a genre that I do read though not often the straight-up romance kind. Usually it has to be an alien invasion slash apocalypse slash loner over-thinking life type of book for me to get into, but this time the title alone got me. It’s also a fast read, 148 pages.
  4. The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne. This book was interesting because it didn’t follow the usual Duke meet’s Commoner romance storyline. The plot as much as the romance between the characters keeps you intrigued. I love murder with my romance *smile*
  5. Her Duke of Secrets by Christi Caldwell. I really liked this story because it focused on women in medicine and how history treated them. How their skills were not as valued. This book also has a lot of intrigue, secrets (obviously) and shows how the dynamic can shift between the sexes when one of them is more knowledgeable than the other. Okay now I sound like a literary major. Btw, I wasn’t.
  6. Respect by Jay Crownover. I’ve read Jay Crownover since I stumbled on her Marked Men Series. Needless to say, I highly recommend it if you like stories about men who own tattoo shops and play in rock bands. Or the quintessential bad boy. Her Welcome to the Point Series was the next one I dived into. I loved the first book, but couldn’t get into the second book and the third, was okay. I’m not surprised the publisher dropped the series, but there were characters from the series I hoped would get their own stories. Jay didn’t disappoint us readers. She self-published under a new series name, The Breaking Point Series. I read Honor, and then jumped to Respect. This book is definitely one where you need context at first, so you have to know the book universe beforehand. This said, if you just want to get into this book first, she sets everything up so that you don’t become too confused about what’s going on or why certain characters ‘act’ the way they do. It was definitely a good read for a die-hard Jay Crownover fan.
  7. Wicked Scandal by Carole Mortimer. I love this author. She’s my bias. Anything she writers I enjoy. Honestly, not going to lie. This story is straight-up romance packed into 122 pages. It forms part of a series. And yes, I’m working my way through the series.
  8. Almost a Wedding by Ruth Cardello. This is just one of those sweet, sparks flying, opposites attract type of stories. It’s entertaining and a palate cleanser from heavy emotional reading or biker books. As a romance reader, you need this type of book in your arsenal.
  9. Bullied by the Alpha by Sam Crescent. I don’t usually read paranormal books when I’m writing my own paranormal stories, but the concept of this one intrigued me. It definitely moves away from the typical supernatural super-perfect on all levels idea of werewolves. It was nice to read about supernatural misfits getting a happy ending. Oh and it’s a…uhm…hot read. So if that’s not your cup of tea, than stay away from this one.  But if it is, go get it!
  10. Born to be Wilde by Eloisa James. I enjoyed this story so much because it reminded me of the books I read in high school. The type of stories where the two main characters actually like each other but keeps on misunderstanding the other…you know. And the story is well written and so worth every dime you spend on it. I really enjoyed this.

 

Of course there were other books I read too, but…yeah I’m not going to get into it or them here. I thought I’d only mention the ones I really liked and would have no problem recommending.

Also, if you’re on Instagram, here’s my handle @ingesaunders I spend so much time over there lately. I don’t know why, but I am.

And if you have any book recommendations for me, because I’m not just on a reading binge, I’m also on a book buying binge, write them in the comment section.

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Spotlight on Dangerously Curvy series

 

Spotlight today on Siren Allen’s latest release. Enter #giveaway below.

 

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Siren ‘M’Renee’ Allen presents….

Warning: Dangerous Curves Ahead

Book one in the Dangerously Curvy series.

 

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He’s a dangerous criminal.

She’s dangerously curvy.

Together, will they sizzle or will they crash and burn?

 

Dean Collins wasn’t born evil. This cruel world turned him into the cold-hearted killer he is today. Death and destruction follows him everywhere he goes. So, when he crosses paths with the very sassy and very curvy food truck owner, Rain Delaney, he does everything he can to push her away.

But situations beyond his control keeps pulling them back together. It isn’t long before the darkness in his life seeps into hers and she ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now his enemies are after her. Staying away from her is no longer an option. To keep her safe, he has to keep her near him.

It’s sad that the safest place for her is in the arms of a killer.

A killer who has no intention of letting her go.

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Do You Journal?

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One of the early signs that I’d end up writing professionally was the fact that I kept journals from a young age. At first I liked the romanticism of it all, then I’d like that I could write secrets in codes inside and then it became part of my psyche as a reflective human being.

The act of writing down my thoughts, not just events but how I felt about them, how I internalized actions and behavior, became the first stirrings of writerly observations.

In my teenage years I would switch from writing poetry, stories and weekly entries into my journal. At varsity as life became busier, taken up by studies, societies and friends, writing took a bit of a back seat. I mostly focused on poetry and keeping a journal. Then in my final year of undergrad when I received a new computer, I started to write stories again.

I’ve heard that writers should keep a journal. I don’t know if I fully agree with it or not. I’m undecided *smile* As someone who did/do still journal (though not as much as I have in the past) I can say that it does create a certain level of awareness. Reflection like this can sort out the cobwebs.

These days I like to keep journals and notebooks that centre more on developing book ideas. I keep my reflections for my poetry *smile*

In that sense, keeping a journal does serve a tangible purpose. You can go back to it and look at an outline, a mind map or character sketch you scribbled down. You can plot out a story in a few sentences. I once rewrote a synopsis in a journal because I needed a different form of writing. I couldn’t look at the synopsis on my laptop screen any more. Fixing it that way became problematic after a certain point, so I grabbed a pen and one of my journals. I could easily see where I hit a snag. Sometimes a different medium offers solutions.

Journaling definitely got me here…on this blog *smile* It wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t felt comfortable writing my thoughts down. So there’s that. Oh and did I mention I wrote for my school newspaper? *ha* What I’m getting to is this, keeping a journal can create confidence in expressing thoughts and ideas. That’s a plus for any author. For any type of writer.

So if you haven’t kept a journal before, and you’re serious about writing, why not try it for a month, see where it takes you. If it improves your way of writing, or not, come tell me about it *smile*

 

My Recent Book List

avatar97305_7I read a lot. No, seriously, I do. It’s not the most exciting confession especially from an author. We are after all required to read a lot. Though what makes this confession so special *smile* here is that I’m going to share some books I’ve read recently.

I generally read broadly within the romance genre, but there are two categories I simply can’t help but to return to time and time again. They are paranormal and regency/historical. A close second are science fiction and contemporary. I also have to confess that when I write contemporary I read a completely different category and the same goes for paranormal. I don’t want someone else’s ideas clogging up my creativity, though I’m not reinventing the wheel, I still don’t want someone else’s writing to influence mine to such an extent that I copy ideas. Not cool.

Anyway, back to my book list!

 

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I know I’ve written a review about this book, but I loved the story so much that I went and bought a copy of Landra Graf’s Bona Fide Beauty. I felt like I owed this author because she wrote such an entertaining story and characters. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Plus, I like supporting authors! *wink*

I also got my hands on a Brenda Jackson novel. I haven’t read a lot of her books, and this one was an interesting choice because she wrote it for one of Harlequins special lines that they create for a limited time. I wanted to see what Mrs. Jackson could do outside of her “comfort zone” so to speak. And I have to be honest; I found the Harlequin brand of editing heavily in this story. It didn’t resonate as much as what I was used to expecting from Mrs. Jackson. But it was still an entertaining read and definitely in Harlequin’s wheelhouse, so check out Strictly Confidential Attraction.

Alissa Woods, Wildling Pack Wolves Book 1 & Book 2: Wild Game & Wild Love. Both books are roughly 150 pages and immediately after I read the first one I wanted to get my greedy little hands on the second one. Hence both books landing in the same paragraph *laughs* If you love shape-shifters, especially werewolves, than these scrumptious novels are for you. Yes scrumptious because the heroes are utterly delicious and you just want there to be more story about them. The heroines are realistic. And by that I mean they are relatable. They are savvy and smart. They have their weaknesses and flaws (and with book 1 I literally jumped out of my chair because the heroine just made me so mad! *ha* which is also why I love her by the way). I love books that get under my skin sometimes, but also leave me deeply satisfied after I’ve read them. I’ve definitely gotten into this series. There are six books, and I’m very happy about that.

Stephanie Rowe isn’t new to my social feeds. I think I mentioned her on here as well. I’m working my way through her catalogue and like Alissa Woods; her Order of the Blade series packs a punch. It’s right up there when it comes to paranormal action and romance. It has a raw viciousness about it that makes the subject matter real. I’ve gone through Darkness Possessed and Inferno of Darkness.

Up next is the historical romance, Unmasking Miss Appleby by Emily Larkin from her A Baleful Godmother series. Let me tell you, these faerie godmothers are not the conventional kind you grow up watching in Disney movies. *nervous laughter* They are tricky and out to trick you. And that was what made this story such an appetite cleanser. It is filled with humor, drama and definitely romance. I’d recommend this story to anyone who wants to unwind for an afternoon with a quirky story and characters.

Secrets of Midnight by Miriam Minger was also such a delight. I’m in love with The Man of My Dreams series now. I love cheeky heroines that find love in unexpected place and people.  This regency novel was read on my lunch breaks, and I would have a ridiculous grin on my face because of the heroine’s antics. She’s so flawed, so strong and independent. Pride and prejudice is not something that’s just reserved for wealthy people, a theme that runs through the story. Again, a book I’d recommend for someone who like to laugh and love their heroines on the bold side of life.

And that’s a wrap!

Though it would be remiss of me not to include the names of books I’m currently reading (yes I read multiple books at once, like I mentioned before, I got greedy little hands *grin*).  First is Vanessa Riley’s The Bittersweet Bride (historical), Eve Silver’s Dark Desires (historical), Carole Mortimer’s The Duke’s Mistress (regency), and Leila Haven’s Royal Playboy (contemporary).

What’s on your book list?

Book Review: Bona Fide Beauty by Landra Graf

When I finished reading Bona Fide Beauty I had to make sure I read right the first time, that it was Book One which meant a second was on its way. That’s how much I love this story, these characters and Landra Graf’s writing style.

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I received a review copy of the book, but unlike other times when I’ve received a review copy in exchange for a review, I forgot that I had to look at the book ‘critically’ and just laid back on a Sunday morning and inhaled every word. I wasn’t in reviewer or author mode, but full on reader mode. Many books I’ve reviewed had either all three elements or at the least, two. As an author it’s tough to review a book without looking at the technical aspects we know editors highlight in our own work. The highest compliment here is that the characters gripped me, pulled me, made me root for them and ultimately close the book with satisfaction after I read the last page.

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But before I get further into my review, here’s the blurb:

She’s going to lose her house.
Kathleen Baum has four months to complete the city’s required code changes to her grandma’s home. Otherwise, she loses it. Strapped for cash, Kat’s only way to get the funds is to bargain with her devil cousin. She agrees to an unwanted makeover, but she’s not good at taking direction, pretend or not.

He’s going to lose his business.
Devid Esposito has worked all his life to build a successful image consulting company, but if he doesn’t start bringing in new clients the business will be bankrupt in three months. The board is ready to oust him when his partner, Kat’s cousin, enters with the opportunity to get his mojo back; all he needs to do is help Kat, with a makeover. Unfortunately, Dev doesn’t take on female clients anymore since the last one broke his heart and used his tips against him.

When they find out they have a common enemy, his heart-breaking client is her code-breaking-whistleblower, and the easiest way to bring the foe down is to accept the other’s help. Losing their hearts to each other was the one thing they didn’t plan for.

 

Here’s what I loved:

Kat’s a tomboy; she’s confident, brash and accepts herself for who she is. Does she have flaws? Yes. And those flaws make the plot so great. At any point Kat could’ve been turned into a whiney heroine whose insecurities suck the life out of the story, but Landra Graf has a good grip on human behavior and character development. I took the make-over journey with Kat and found her relatable.

Another aspect I loved was that both Kat and Dev (Devid) are underdogs. Though not the type of underdogs to be pitied, but rather ones you admire for their resilience. Dev also has issues needs to work through, he’s not the perfect man. What I liked about his character

Needless to say, but I will here, the chemistry is off the charts. It’s instant attraction but don’t be fooled, it’s not instant gratification. It’s a slow burn that fans into flame at times when the story requires it. And yes, I loved this.

Here’s what I didn’t like:

That the story came to an end! Yes was ready to jump into book number two and binge my way through the series!

And that’s why I’m giving Bona Fide Beauty 5/5 stars.

 

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Afterglows Publishing

Bona Fide Beauty  ~ Book 1 in Bona Fide Series

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Author Bio: Landra Graf consumes at least one book a day, and has always been a sucker for stories where true love conquers all. She believes in the power of the written word, and the joy such words can bring. In between spending time with her family and having book adventures, she writes romance with the goal of giving everyone, fictional or not, their own happily ever after.

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Book Spotlight: Blood Bond by Susan Leigh Noble

 

 

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Book Blurb

Man severed the alliance with the dragons fifty years ago. But now an invading army marches north destroying everything in its path. The dragons believe only together can the invaders be defeated. They need an emissary.

Womanizer. Drunk. Failure. Soren is many things. A leader isn’t one of them. But, Dex, the dragon that saves him from a cliff, believes different. Thrust into an adventure he never wanted, Soren’s life changes forever when during a battle Dex’s blood mixes with his blood creating a mystical blood bond – forever linking them.

As the bond strengthens, Soren must decide whether to return to his old life or accept the bond and embrace his role in the battle against the invading army.

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Excerpt:

Soren scrambled to his feet as the golden dragon, Rakkah, landed near him. For a moment, they stared at each other.

“You shouldn’t be bonded to Reddex.” Her voice reverberated within his head as she flicked her tail.

“It wasn’t by choice,” he said, speaking directly into her mind.

He didn’t like the feeling of being trapped with the tree behind his back and stepped away from it. He carefully kept Rakkah in front of him as he moved.

“That matters not.” She walked around him. “Definitely not worthy to be a dragon rider.”

Pride had him lifting his chin. “Maybe not but Dex said I was the one to help bridge man and dragon.”

“Is that what he told you? Did he tell you about the others?” She studied him, before chuckling. “I can tell by the look on your face, he didn’t. You weren’t the first one he approached you know. There were others. He settled for you.”

Soren shook his head. “No that isn’t true. He said he had a feeling I was the one.”

“A smooth line if I ever heard one. I’ll let you in on something. If he said that, it was him manipulating you. There were others who turned him down. He was under time pressure, so he settled for you. And it is only by accident he is now linked to you. I am sure he would rather not be. I know I would.” She flicked her tail. “Take Warnox up on his offer. It will be better for everyone.”

He shook his head. “I don’t…”

Before he could continue, Rakkah’s words sunk in and his bewilderment turned to anger. His heart pounded, and his shoulders shook. And then Dex was there. The red dragon faced Rakkah, slashing his own tail. Soren couldn’t hear anything but was sure words were exchanged between the two as they circled each other, their eyes locked. Suddenly, Rakkah leapt into the air and flew back to the other dragons. Dex turned to Soren.

“I don’t know what Rakkah said to you, but I could feel your confusion…and your anger.”

“Tell me the truth,” he said, his fists clinched. “Was I your first choice?”

“My first choice? Choice for what?”

“To help you approach the King.”

Dex stared at him for a moment before looking down. “You weren’t the first I approached, but Soren…”

He didn’t wait to hear any more. Soren walked over to Warnox. With each step, his anger grew. He could still hear Rakkah’s taunting voice. She had been right. He wasn’t Dex’s first choice. He had lied to him about being the one the dragons needed. He shook his head as if to clear the thoughts away. But they persisted, and he quickly covered the distance to the other dragons and to his freedom.

“Take me back to Ballinger,” he said to Warnox.

The brown dragon regarded him for a moment. “You can ride on Barth. Mount up. It is time to go.”

Soren briefly recoiled at the thought of riding without a harness but reassured himself it would only be a short distance. Barth bent down, and he scrambled onto his back.

“Soren?” Dex asked, his voice cautious.

He didn’t respond or even look at Dex as Barth took off, following the other dragons into the air. He grabbed for the harness before realizing it wasn’t there. His hands searched for something to hold on to but found nothing. As Barth leveled out, Soren resisted the urge to look at the ground far below.

“Are you sure this is what you want?” Barth asked.

Soren hesitated. “Yes. It is for the best. I am not meant to be a dragon rider.”

“Can you sense Reddex from here?”

Soren felt unsettled but couldn’t determine if it was his own feeling or if it came from Dex too. As he concentrated, he could feel Dex’s anxiety.

“He is worried,” he admitted reluctantly.

You shouldn’t be able to connect with him at this distance. He told me how far apart you two have been when you have communicated. It is farther than any other linked pair.”

Soren watched Warnox and the other dragons disappear before his eyes, Blinking back to the City of Ballinger. He knew Barth would follow suit in a moment and felt a twinge of regret.

“You shouldn’t be doing this,” Barth said.

Suddenly, he dove toward the ground, flipping over in the air. Soren’s fingers tried to grasp onto Barth’s back but there was nothing to hold. He fell through the air. He saw Barth above him and then nothing but the blue sky as Barth Blinked.

 

Author Bio:

Susan Noble has always loved dragons and magic, so it is no wonder that she became an author of fantasy novels. As a cat lover, she also had to throw in a telepathic cat to the mix in her The Elemental trilogy. In addition to her trilogy, she has published The Search, a short story prequel to the trilogy and The Heir to Alexandria, a full-length standalone fantasy adventure. Her latest fantasy, Blood Bond, was released February 6, 2018.

When she isn’t writing, Susan is an active volunteer in her neighborhood and at her children’s schools. She lives with her husband, two children, three cats and two Cocker Spaniels in Texas.

You can find out about Susan on her blog Into Another World – http://susanleighnoble.wordpress.com/

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What writing Fan-Fiction taught me

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As most of you know, I’m a romance writer of both contemporary and paranormal fiction. I never considered writing fan-fiction before 2017, simply because as a fiction writer I like the idea of coming up with my own characters and worlds.

Which brings me to some of the flaws about writing fan-fiction; it doesn’t teach a novice writer how to do world building since the world you’re writing in already exists, the same with the characterization. The characters already exist with all their strengths and weaknesses so it’s easy (in this regard) to write a new storyline. It can also create expectations in regards to how fast a writer gets feedback on their work. With fan-fiction there’s already a built-in audience—the fans. As an author starting out, that will not be the case, which means you’ll have to have realistic expectations.

Now to what fan-fiction taught me *smile*

1.      It forced me to come up with an angle that no one in the fandom have considered writing about yet. I had to consider how ‘fresh’ the story would be in the fandom as well as stay true to my romance writing roots. So it definitely helps to develop that part of creativity in writing.

2.      Fan-fiction can span from 100k novels to 3k shorts. I chose to go the short story route. It took me out of my comfort zone and helped me to think about what information was really important to give through to the reader in this short story format.

3.      Romance publishers, especially Harlequin, love to tell writers who are interested in submitting to them to open with a bang. Your first line of chapter one has to be gripping and pull them into the story. And then also the end of that chapter has to make the reader want to move on to the next chapter. This technique then should be used throughout the rest of the novel. With fan-fiction, you have to keep the reader interested. Even though they are fans of the celebrities, movies or authors work you’re writing about, you can still lose them if you don’t apply this strategy. It’s also a fun way of developing this skill.

4.      It honed my research and observational skills. I’ve written two fan-fiction stories. One in 2017 and another last week (https://www.wattpad.com/user/IngeUlrike ). Needless to say, I watch the YouTubers I wrote about on a regular basis and enjoy their videos. However, I’m not a ‘fan-girl’. I’m subscribed to their channels but I’d be lying if I said I follow what they do constantly on social media. So I had to delve into their ‘worlds’, read some of the fan-fiction that had been written about them and get the tone of the ‘characters’ as accurate as possible. This made me examine how I research my fictional stories for my novels and how taking more from real life observations can improve my writing.

Needless to say, writing fan-fiction as any writing endeavor teaches you a lot about yourself as a writer.  Do you have anything to share about writing fan-fiction? I’d love to hear read it. Feel free to leave a comment, if so.