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I love writing romance stories, and although I earn money from it I’ve never considered it a job—more like a passion. Probably because I’ve always had stories and characters and plots in my head.

I do realize that I’m very, very lucky. Not everyone gets to do something they love in order to pay the bills. Don’t get me wrong, the majority of authors usually have to have a second job to make ends meet. We aren’t all Nora Roberts.

The test I use to know if the work I’m doing is something I love is the ‘if I won the lottery’ or lotto as it’s called in NZ, would I still write? The answer is a resounding yes. LOL, don’t get me wrong, a lotto win would also make my life a lot more comfortable.

In addition, I have to say the romance writing world has opened up more than just an income. I’ve made so many new friends from both fellow authors, and readers—all around the world. That has been the best part of my writing journey. The people I’ve met all love one thing, romance stories. We have something in common regardless of where we live in the world.

The other thing about being a romance writer that I LOVE is the perks. What do I mean by perks? 

It’s the knowledge and teaching that other authors are always happy to give for free. It’s the cover quotes they provide when an author loves your story. It’s the promotion authors do for each other, and it’s the free books I get given from fellow authors. 

Today I went to my PO Box and I had a lovely parcel waiting.  I love getting parcels. I got home and excitedly opened it to find a friend I made through romance writing, Angela Bissell, had sent me her new book and when I opened it, she’d dedicated the book to me!!!!! I was so thrilled. A Night, A Consequence, A Vow.

Angela had never written when she joined RWNZ and I was already published. But I could tell from her first synopsis that she read out at a RWNZ meeting that she was going to be a fabulous story teller, way better than I. All her work is full of emotion.

She put all her heart and soul into learning her craft and I hope I encouraged her along the way, and now this is her third book and not only that, she has signed with my agent too. 

I get such a kick out of helping my fellow authors achieve their goals and seeing someone learn their craft and become successful. So, thanks Angela, it has been fun and your friendship is worth a lot to me and I love that we have something that we can both enjoy—stories.

What is it that you love about your job? What makes you want to get up in the morning? If you won lotto what would you do with your life?

 

My twin sister, Leigh, is building a small cottage on our land to rent out as a holiday let. So I’ve been having fun going with her to buy the furniture and fittings for her new cottage. It’s fabulous fun selecting colors for the cottage and then the furniture, lamps, bedding, towels etc.

I swore to myself that I would not get my wallet out of my handbag and that I would tag along behind her merely giving my opinion. But as I knew I would, I could not resist buying a little something.

I actually feel quite proud of myself because I almost bought a lovely box seat that could go at the end of my bed, that was quite expensive but had that 4 letter word we all love—S A L E on it. I can’t quite believe it myself, but I managed to resist! Just!

Why is it we cannot resist a bargain? For me it’s that age old little voice in my head saying ‘but what if I really do need it or want it later and I have to pay full price?”

Anyway, I bought a lovely cushion to go on my recliner. I sit in my recliner to write using my lap desk, but I needed a cushion at my back. I’m writing A Dream of Redemption at the moment, book #8 in my Disgraced Lords series. Book #7 A Love to Remember is out on the 29 August.

What do you think of my cushion? Pretty? I love the ducks on it as we have ducks outside on the property.

 

What’s the last impulse buy you made and did you regret it or are you still delighted with it?

Dear Readers

I don’t know if you’ve heard but I took ownership of my new puppy, Brandy Snap, on Thursday. She’s a Cavoodle, a Cavalier King Charles Poodle Cross. She’s only 8.5 weeks old and she’s tiny. The problem is, I’m on deadline and I’m way behind. Life has got in the way the last 2 months with very sick relatives and close friends in hospital etc.

I had to collect her from a breeder 2.5 hours drive away and Brandy was so good in the car. She cried a little bit and then went to sleep. She wasn’t car sick at all! In fact, when I had to put her back in the travel crate to go to puppy pre-school that same night, she didn’t whimper at all. She passed with flying colors at puppy pre-school, learning to sit very quickly.photo 2

She’s settling in well. We’re having a few toilet issues but she is learning to go on the paper. She is not sleeping well, which is therefore keeping me awake too. She cries in her bed at night. She’s starting to explore the house bit by bit, but is still very nervous and of course she follows me everywhere, like she’s become my shadow.

So, my writing buddy and critique partner, Gracie O’Neil has kindly come to ‘puppy sit’.

Now that Brandy has a puppy sitter, I’m about to head back into my writing den and try to finish A Touch of Passion – book #3 in my Disgraced Lords series, releasing 9 December 2014

Wish me and Brandy luck, and thank you, thank you, Gracie!

PS. any tips on Puppy training would be appreciated.