Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Shift In Responsibilities

Well, I'm happy to announce that as of today I will also be editing in The Wild Rose Press' historical lines.

I will be floating between the specific lines there, and working on overflow submissions, but this gives me an opportunity to return to where romance began for me, many years ago.

As a reader, I was always enchanted with historicals. Johanna Lindsey was, is, and shall always remain one of my earliest influences. Julie Garwood plays an equally important role.

While contemporary romances deal with the here and now and give us the hope that fantasy can become reality, a good historical transports the reader back in time. For however long our nose is in the book, we exist in that world.

We live in castles, we attend formal balls, we hear cannonade on the hillside as North confronts South, we smell the firepits on an open range. We fall in love with the Scottish brogue. We swoon over the Regency rake. We love and hate the arrogant knight. And the scenery... no longer do we face the concrete monstrosities that define todays large cities.

It's a different world.

Anyway! I look forward to this new endeavor!

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Hello All!

I made my debut with The Wild Rose Press in early 2009. I did a little cross-genre work in the Hummingbird Department, and then shifted full time to the Champagne Rose Line. For those who are not familiar with the specific line, this is one of our Contemporary lines.

I love Contemporaries. There's a certain kind of comfort in knowing any one of these heroes and heroines could be our neighbors, the teller at the bank, the gardener. With historicals, (although I'm equally addicted to good historicals) the chances of running into the particular characters are nill -- unless you've somehow chanced upon a time-travel machine. In which case, let me know--I have some questions to ask Trajan. In paranormals, there's a draw for the fantasy, and the What if? question, but the chances of encountering an immortal being, magical powers, and shape-shifting creatures are rare. Even with the most well-written stories, there's a disconnect in any other genre. When we close the book, there's a part of us that knows it can't happen to us.

In contemporaries, it can.

I chose to go into editing because I genuinely enjoy watching authors grow and develop their craft. Sending a contract to a first-time author is equally as exciting for me as it is for the author. Assiting these talented individuals in getting published is something I find extremly rewarding. While not everyone recieves an acceptance letter for the first book they write, being able to offer constructive remarks in a rejection letter allows me to pass on my knowledge, thus returning to new authors what I received when I first entered the world of writing.

In this blog I hope to be able to do more of that. While this is not the appropriate place to discuss your specific manuscripts, I'll share my insight and if questions arise, will do my best to answer all I can.