Thursday, April 27, 2006


Ronda Thompson's Wulf brothers series is some of the best reading I've ever gotten my hands on. If you haven't read it yet, do yourself a favor and read The Dark One, then pick up The Untamed One when it's released on May 1st. Following is a little interview I did with Ronda. Behave yourselves and I'll see ya when I get back from Kauai (with pictures!).

KP: What was your inspiration for writing the Wulf series?

RT: I actually had a dream about Sterling Wulf. He was dressed like he worked in a circus, you know, those tights.:) And no, it wasn't a dirty dream, darnit. I just woke up knowing I had to write a story about him. The story kept building in my head until it spilled out on paper.

KP: Do you have a favorite character from the series? Was any one in particular harder or easier to write and why?

RT: I seriously love all of those Wulf boys. It would be hard to pick a favorite among them. The heroines, I love them all, too, but Amelia was very fun to write. The hardest Wulf to write was Jackson. He had so many complex things going on inside of him, although that was hard to tell from the outside. I had to dig deep for him.

KP: What's your writing preparation for the series been like? Did you outline all the books/novellas first? Did writing one influence how the next would turn out?

RT: I had it all pretty much in my head from the beginning. I sold the series in a three book deal. I had a complete proposal of the first book, and short shynopsis on the other two, plus an overview of the series. Gabriel's book, The Cursed One, ended up throwing me a little. I decided to scrap the first idea I had for his story and go with another. But it all worked out. All of the books are now completed and turned in.
KP: What's your writing day like?

RT: Crazy. At least these days it is. My daughter is getting married in June, so it's do wedding stuff, write, do wedding stuff, write. That's about it. Wedding stuff and write. I'm ready for a vacation this summer.:)

KP: How long does it take you to finish a book?

RT: Depends. I'm not disciplined, so I do a lot of binge writing. I had to actually do a rewrite of the first book. I needed to take in a direction other than I did, so I ended up writing The Dark One in six weeks. Usually, anywhere from two months to six months, depending on what else is going on in my life.

KP: What's in store for the Wulf brothers?

RT: Well, they all live happily ever after of course.:) But they do all have children...we might be seeing them again.

KP: Any hints at what you're planning when this series is done?

RT: Actually, I'm hoping to spin a series off of the last book in the series. I'm waiting on word if that is going to happen, but once everyone reads The Cursed One, out this December, I think they will expect a series based on a couple of new characters introduced in the book. I also am working on something else. A series that is not considered romance. I'll let you know more about that later.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


As I am headed to Kauai in a few days and won't be around much to blog, I am going to leave you with a fabulous interview with one of my favorite best-selling authors and all around cool chick. Check back here tomorrow for a great read!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


The name of your hero and heroine can be as important as your plot. I've heard authors say their books didn't really work until they changed the name of one character and then the whole thing came together.

How do you find your character names? I use books and websites but sometimes a name will come to me and I can "see" the character attached and I know I have to write that character. I also like the meaning of the name to work with who the character is. Does that make sense?

What are some of your character names? (Here are mine, hero first, then heroine.)
Book One: Ertemis and Jessalyne
Book Two: Alrik and Calleigh
Book Three: Kelly and Meredith
Book Four: Calderon and Mena

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


Hubby and I have decided to take a trip to one of our favorite places, Kauai. It's beautiful, arty, laid-back and unassuming. A perfect place to write (or golf, in my husband's case).

Good thing I ate all that Easter cake. *insert rolling eyes here* How much weight can I lose in two weeks? I'd love to discuss it but I need to get on the treadmill.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Easter Cake

You know how I love cake. *grin* Here's the one I made for Easter. The inside is triple chocolate fudge with raspberry filling.

Let the oohs and ahhs commence. ;o)

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Girl's Night Out

Here we are: Lara Santiago, me, my darling niece, Sasha and my sis-in-law, Michele. We had a blast! Sasha danced the entire second act along with the cast.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Don't Hate Me Because I'm Cultural

I've had a debilitating headache all day. Almost no writing. The upside? On Thursday night I am going to...

I can't wait! I've been to Riverdance and it was amazing. Lara Santiago is going with me (plus my sis-in-law and my almost four-year-old niece) - I hope to have some pics for you on Friday.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Back In The Saddle!

Happy writing is SO much better than sluggy writing. You know what I mean? Writing with flow, when the words come easily and the pages add up without much effort, beats staring at the last thing you wrote wondering what comes next and where your muse has gone.

My current WIP is happy writing. I'm loving the characters, loving the story, loving the words that are showing up on the page, the way the world is building itself. Sure, I'm in the honeymoon phase of the first three chapters but I can see most of this book in my head so I'm hoping the honeymoon lasts longer than the first three chapters. I'm hoping it lasts for 90K words.

Writing is good. Writing makes me happy. This is feeling is why I write - the pure joy of creative euphoria. Woohoo!

Monday, April 10, 2006

What's Your Poison?

When you sit down to write, what's your set up? Music or no music? Something to drink? Snacks at hand? Still in your pj's or dressed to kill? What makes your writing environment ready to go?

For me, it's usually no music but when I do play music it's the Soundscapes channel on the digital cable turned down low. That seems to be a kind of "white noise" for me.

I almost have a drink of some sort - I try to make it water but first thing in the morning, it's coffee. Right now there's a giant Cafe Du Monde mug sitting next to my laptop. It holds about three regular cups of coffee and it's about half-empty right now so today should be fairly productive. Hah!

I'm still in my pj's but since I'm getting ready to hit the treadmill, that will change. When I write, I stick to comfy clothes - yoga pants or drawstring pj-style pants and a tank top of some sort (I love those kind with the shelf-bra built in, you know the ones I mean?). Presentable enough to answer the door or run out and get the mail but not something I'd go to the grocery store in.

And no snacks. Snacks lead to widening of areas that are already wide enough. Although if I'm really into the writing, I'll make my lunch and bring it back to my desk.

What about you?

Saturday, April 08, 2006

A Little Weekend Treat

Here's something to hold you over until Monday.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Agent Chat Tonight

Hey guys and gals, there's a hot chat at Romance Divas tonight at 7 EST with superagent Jenny Bent from Trident Media!

Should be a fun time - Jenny tells it like it is and I think that's something we can all appreciate in this business.

See you in the chatroom!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Breaking News

For the second year in a row, Writer's Digest has named Romance Divas one of its "Best 101 Websites For Writers"!!!


Blog Round Up

After yesterday's painted toes, I thought perhaps today I should get back to something less um, frivilous? Here's what's going on in the blogosphere:

Sex Is Hot - Industry news from Galleycat

Promo Questions - Go answer over at Celia's blog

Pitches That Worked - Insight from Kristin Nelson

What To Look For In An Agent's Website - Insight from the Writer Beware gang

Opening Lines - Paperback Writer chimes in

Who did I miss? What blog of note should I stop by today?

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Girly Stuff

I felt the need to get girly yesterday so I went for a mani and a pedi. Thought I'd share a pic of my newly painted toes 'cuz they're just so freakin' cute.

Sometimes, I just gotta be me.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Where've You Been?

Here's where I've been. Where have you been?

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Time To Blog

Hey guys,

I know I've been a little slack on the blogging lately but my dear, sweet, evil friend Lara Santiago volunteered me to take over our chapter's website and I've been slogging through that mess, trying to make it into something presentable one page at a time. (And can I just add that I am already the webmistress for my Virginia chapter?)

Also, I need to get my Daphne entries judged and out the door before my family comes to visit in mid-April. There's house stuff to be done before they show up too - some curtains to be hung, flowers to plant, you know, house stuff.

I've been writing but not as much as I'd like. Maybe I'll get some pages done tomorrow. Plus I really want to go see Failure To Launch. Have you seen it? Is it good?

And as if that's not enough, we have a contest going on at Romance Divas that I need to get judging. So much to do!

Thanks for all the congrats on the contest final - I really appreciate it! Makes me want to get all contest slutty and enter every one coming up. But I won't. That you know of. Hah!

So...what's occupying your life?