Psyched for Romance

Sports Romance & Romantic Suspense With a Psychological Twist

Monday, July 26, 2010

Meet an Author Monday

For readers: Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list at the bottom of this post. The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself! We're all happy to chat and get to know our readers. You're the reason we write!

For writers: If you have a book under contract or for sale, join the hop by entering your name and blog url into the Linky tool. Then you can grab our super cute button and place it in a post. This enables others who are participating in the hop to comment as they explore your blog. If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog, just follow the link and grab the code.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Identity Crisis: Am I Really a WRITER?

I was just reading a blog post about writer’s personality traits at http://victoriamixon.com/2010/07/13/6-personality-types-who-will-succeed-as-writers/
(thank you to Julie Musil for compiling some great articles at http://childrenspublishing.blogspot.com/2010/07/best-articles-this-week-for-writers_23.html) and it struck me that I don’t really consider myself a writer at this point. I’m a psychologist, not a writer, right?

I only started writing fiction about three years ago, on a lark, and it feels startling that I have a published novel out there. (I also feel very fortunate!) Less than two weeks ago Omnific Publishing released With Good Behavior--that reality is still sinking in. Every weekend I find myself becoming a little more immersed into writing. It’s been a blast learning about this craft as well as meeting dedicated authors and voracious readers.

Then Monday hits and I’ll pull myself away from the writing world to sit down with my psychotherapy clients. Some days it’s a rather jarring transition. Suddenly the “characters” in my world are behaving in unpredictable, initially puzzling ways (though once I get to know clients better, their choices make perfect sense). The interpersonal connection of therapy is deep and intense (on a good day) whereas writing can be a very solitary activity.

There is some overlap between therapy and fiction writing, though. Therapy is all about story-telling after all. Both therapy and writing require introspection and emotional sensitivity, as well as a fascination with people—their strengths, their quirks, their relationships. Therapy necessitates perseverance and optimism, which have served me well when staring at a blank Word document.

I’m curious about my future directions for career and identity, and I’m sure it will be an interesting ride. Certainly I’m not the only one who has a “day job”, writing on the side. How does writing fit into your identity? How has your writing career evolved?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

inSPIREd

In With Good Behavior, Grant and Sophie are both trying to make it on the outside. One condition of their parole is that they have to get employed, and Grant manages to find a job on a Chicago architectural cruise ship. Have you ever taken an architectural cruise? I thoroughly enjoyed hopping onboard myself in the “City of Broad Shoulders” in the summer of 2008, when this story takes place.

The Chicago Spire was one architectural marvel on the tour, just beginning construction. (Unfortunately, construction of the Spire has now halted due to the financial crisis facing our economy.) Once I saw an artist’s rendition of this amazing building, I became overwhelmed by the endless possibilities for using its design in a romance novel, and I simply had to include the Spire in WGB. When you see the drawing, I think you’ll know why:



                                                                    
                                                                          'Nuff said. :-D

Monday, July 19, 2010

Meet an Author Monday

For readers: Follow the Meet an author Monday host (Cali Cheer Mom) along with any of the wonderfully talented authors on the list at the bottom of this post. The purpose of the hop is to meet "new to you" authors and discover great new reads. Follow as many authors as you can. Leave a comment and introduce yourself! We're all happy to chat and get to know our readers. You're the reason we write!


For writers: If you have a book under contract or for sale, join the hop by entering your name and blog url into the Linky tool. Then you can grab our super cute button and place it in a post. This enables others who are participating in the hop to comment as they explore your blog. If you'd like to share the Linky list in a post on your blog, just follow the link and grab the code.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

With Good Behavior Summary

In a world gripped by organized crime, family dysfunction, and little chance of redemption, is it possible for true love to persevere? For Sophie Taylor, a beautiful psychologist who lost everything when she violated an ethical boundary, and Grant Madsen, a handsome naval officer who sacrificed everything to protect a family member, searching for that love carries a heavy price. When their paths cross outside their parole officer’s door, the attraction is instantaneous. Beneath the surface, though, is a hidden connection that may not only shatter their fledgling love, but also prove deadly to them both.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Release is Coming! The Release is Coming!

It’s almost July 13th, the date of the release of With Good Behavior! *squeals* I would say that it’s been a long time coming, but Omnific Publishing has worked so quickly that it actually feels more like a whirlwind. I submitted a query letter to Omnific in January, 2010, and a mere six months later, the book’s hitting the shelves. Thank you to the Omnific team for your diligent and efficient efforts!

I’m also excited to announce that the sequel, Bad Behavior, will be published by Omnific as well. We’ve selected a blurb from the sequel to include in the original, as a “carrot” to entice you. Bad Behavior continues the adventures of Grant and Sophie (a.k.a. McSailor and Bonnie) with parole and therapy in the rough seas of Chicago’s organized crime.

Would you like to see the book cover? Read the synopsis? Purchase a paperback or ebook? Check out:

http://omnificpublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=22&products_id=29
 


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