Category: Writing Tips

How to create Leap-Off-The-Page Characters – Stefanie London

  It takes a skilled author to balance all the needs of creating a great book. You’ve got to combine story, plot, conflicts, characters, romance, craft, style, voice and more to get readers engrossed in your tale. And each person approaches it differently.  So here’s Stefanie London to tell us how she focuses on characters!  …

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Addison Fox on archetypal characters

  Addison Fox had written nearly fifteen titles before coming to Harlequin Romantic Suspense with her Steele family series! As a writer she’s fascinated by the archetypal characters–why readers respond to them, and what you can do to make them your own.    What’s So Appealing About Certain Characters? Whether we call them hooks or stereotypes,…

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Katherine Garbera Can Write Just About Anywhere…

  Katherine Garbera is someone you most definitely pencil in her address in your contact book! But somehow she’s managed to write over 45 titles for Harlequin while on the move. Here are some of her secrets…   The View From Where? I like writing, actually I love it. What I really dig about it…

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Crafting Strong Openings

This was another memo sent in Jan 93 by Anne Canadeo and Mary-Theresa Hussey (sometimes it’s handy to have old files!).  Harlequin is always interested in developing editors, and so there are frequent workshops throughout the year on various topics. But considering yesterday’s blog requesting opening pages here, this could be useful!   Beyond the…

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Cristal Ryder Talks About Writing with Heat!

  Cristal Ryder’s written for Ellora’s Cave, Sybarite Seductions and Lyrical Press. So she knows about stories that are steamy, compelling, physical and just plain exciting! Happily, she’s volunteered to share her insights about how to write “hot”!   “your writing is on fire” Really? Awesome sauce! That’s what I’m hoping for. It can be…

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Line edits with Harlequin Editor Carly Silver

  Although edits are definitely hard for an author, they can also be difficult for an editor as well. Most editors will have read the manuscript through twice already, so when editing they hopefully won’t get too lost in the story and be able to focus on individual elements. Most authors consider it a great…

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Line Edit stage with Harlequin Special Edition author Amy Woods…

Publishing is definitely a business of ebbs and flows, with periods of intense activity and emails and tension followed by a lull when it’s just business as usual. The latest burst of intensity Amy Woods has been going through is the line edit stage… Reviewing the line edit–or what did you do to my baby????…

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7 Questions for Debut Author Jill Lynn

The Love Inspired team certainly has been busy! Here’s the story of another exciting, talented debut author they’ve found! Seven Things Writers Want to Know: What got you interested in writing? I’ve always liked to write, and I read constantly. I knew I wanted to write a book someday, and I suddenly realized time was…

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Olivia Miles on Revisions for Harlequin Special Edition

 It’s true that first thing  an author has to do is put something down on paper/screen–but most will agree that the rewriting, revisions and reworking the story is what makes it really shine! We’ve got a couple of posts on revisions coming up–and here’s Olivia Miles’s take on working with her editor Susan Litman on…

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7 Questions for Debut Author Anna J. Stewart

Anna Stewart has been a long time Harlequin fan and would-be writer. She hasn’t had the most traditional path to publication, but does have some great advice! Seven Things We Want to Know: What got you interested in writing? Reading.  If there was one rule in our house growing up, it was that my mother…

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