Coffee & Naughty Thoughts

Author Linda Bolton - Writer, Blogger

Month: November 2010

Giving the Reader What They Want

I write what I want to read. I have heard other authors say that. I love to read historical romance. LOVE IT!  Do I want to write it? No!  Way too much research! I like to write contemporary romance. Once I get published will anyone else want to read my books?  I hope so.

I met up with some friends tonight who are avid readers.  Mostly romance. I listened to the comments they made about other authors they read.  The heroine was too young and not relatable, too many zombies, story didn’t move along quick enough, too much sex, not enough sex…

It gave me even more book ideas. I definitely have the writing bug! My muse is busy throwing ideas at me quicker than I can write them down. Surely others will want to read my work and share it with the world. If not I will still have to write. And I will continue to listen to what others want to read and try to accommodate while still enjoying they story my way.

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How do I Write a Story?

Most of my friends are very surprised I’m writing novels.  I don’t know why.  I have always had a pretty vivid imagination.  I’ve written poetry in the past.  I think they wonder why I waited until now.  After all, I’m in my late 40’s.  You know, nearing the menopause days, I should just pack up my life and live on past memories.

As I near fifty, I still have a couple of years, I feel as energetic and alive as I did at twenty-five.  I still have dozens of things I’d love to see and do.  I’m not dead yet!

Writing is just one of those things I’ve wanted to do.  I tried to write a few years ago.  It ended up a VERY short story, and in the trash.  I tried to write a memoir of adopting our daughter.  The outline is complete but I set it aside for awhile.

I can blame Gerard Butler for my desire to finally pick up the computer and type my life away.  My dearest friends know about my obsession.  I have all of his movies and I have seen most of his interviews.  It was bordering on scary until I decided to write about him instead.  Well, not about him exactly.  About a Scottish actor who can’t seem to find the right woman.  It flowed brilliantly until I neared the end.  Now it’s getting difficult.  2500 words to go…and then it ends. Then what?

A book about a Gerard Butler/Craig Ferguson type with Robert Burns (the Scottish Poet) all rolled into one book. I can’t wait to start.  Then there’s book three… expanding on a character in the first book – a magician – a Criss Angel type of guy.  I love research!!!!

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