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NJRW Book Fair Supports Literacy!

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NJRW-Sponsored Book Fair Will Help Support Literacy Efforts Statewide

IIn just a few weeks, book-lovers will have the chance to meet some of their favorite authors, stock up on fantastic novels, and raise money for a great cause in the process.

Between 50 and 70 authors will be on hand to sign their latest releases and meet readers at New Jersey Romance Writers’ Literacy Book Fair and Autograph Signing on Saturday, Oct.18, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin.

The book fair, which is open to the public, is being held in conjunction with NJRW’s 2014 Put Your Heart in a Book Conference, an annual event that attracts more than 300 writers interested in the romance writing industry. All events will take place at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, 515 Route 1 South, Iselin.

This year’s book fair features such renowned New York Times-bestselling authors as:

  • Susan Mallery, a New York Times bestselling author, who has more than 25 million books sold worldwide. She’s known for creating characters who feel as real as the people next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives.
  • Roxanne St Claire, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, has written more than thirty full-length novels of suspense and romance, including three popular series (The Bullet Catchers, The Guardian Angelinos, and Barefoot Bay) as well as multiple stand-alone books. She’s a six-time nominee and one-time winner of the RITA Award and has won the National Reader’s Choice Award for best romantic suspense three times, as well as the Daphne du Maurier Award, and many others.
  • Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again. She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.

Additional participating authors include Julie Ann Walker, Beth Ciotta, Madeline Hunter, Mary Burton/Mary Ellen Taylor, Dee Davis, Hope Ramsay, Donna MacMeans, Diana Quincy, Shiloh Walker/J.C. Daniels, Laura Kaye, Adele Downs, Amara Royce, April Kihlstrom, Brynn Chapman, Cait Jarrod, Cara Marsi, Cathy Tully/Cathleen Tully, Christine Bush, DC Stone, Dorothy Callahan, Elena Greene, Elf Ahearn, Elizabeth Shore, Ella Quinn, Emma Kaye, Gail Eastwood, Gianna Simone, Hannah Howell, Jackson D’Lynne, Jennifer Walkup, Jennifer Wilck, Jenny Baskwell, Jessie Clever, Judi Fennell, Julie Rowe, Kate O’Boyle, K.M. Fawcett, Kathleen Ann Gallagher, Kathy Kulig, Kelly Janicello, Kristen Painter, K.M. Jackson, Laura K. Curtis, Laurie Gifford Adams, Larissa Emerald, Leigh Duncan, Lily Everett, L.G. O’Connor, Maria Imbalzano, Maria K. Alexander, Maria V. Snyder, Mariah Stewart, Mingmei Yip, Natalie J. Damschroder, Opal Carew, Patricia Bond, Penelope Marzec, RC Bonitz and Judy Roth, Rhonda Eason, Roni Denholtz, RoseAnn DeFranco, Roz Lee, Ruth A. Casie, Sandra Bunino, Shelly Bell, Sherri Browning, Susan Ann Wall, Susie Warren, Tina Gabrielle, Ursula LeCoeur, and Victoria Pinder. More authors are being added daily.

A portion of the proceeds from NJRW’s Literacy Book Fair and Author Signing will be donated to the Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County. See their information at www.project-literacy.com. NJRW already has raised more than $13,500 for similar causes in the years it has hosted the book fair.

“The issue of literacy is one that is close to the hearts of our members, who are authors and avid readers alike. It’s a privilege to be able to contribute, even in a small way, to LVA-NJ’s efforts in this area,” said Carol Mahler, 2013 NJRW president.

Founded in 1984, New Jersey Romance Writers is a chapter of Romance Writers of America and is home to more than 150 members, including nearly 70 published authors. NJRW is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support, information, and resources to writers and published authors, acting as a central information point for activities in the field of romance writing and the romance publishing industry. The group meets monthly at the Hilton Woodbridge on 120 Wood Ave., Iselin. For more information, write NJRW, P.O. Box 513, Plainsboro, NJ 08536; or visit the organization’s website at www.NJRomanceWriters.org.

For information about attending the book fair, please email Desi, the Conference Chair at confchair@njromancewriters.org, or visit http://www.rwa.org/e/in/eid=202.

In The Mind of Diana Cosby – 30 Years of Happily Ever Afters

This week we’re jumping over the hump with our featured workshop presenter and bestselling author, Diana Cosby!

Diana will be giving a workshop at our conference in October. Marketing For Impact is just one of many fabulous workshops we have scheduled.

For more information on our conference, on how to register, and other popular questions, please visit our website at http://www.njromancewriters.org.

Please welcome Diana!

How did you come up with the idea for An Oath Taken?

I enjoy romances where the heroine pretends to be a guy to achieve her goal.  So, when I finished up the MacGruder Brothers Series, I knew that I wanted to dive into this fun storyline.

How much research did you conduct for An Oath Taken?

I’ve been researching the era of Scotland’s fight for freedom for over ten years, so my research is ongoing.  For The Oath Series, in addition to my other research books, I read a fabulous history book on the reivers, “Steel Bonnets,” by by George MacDonald Fraser.

Why did you decide to write Scottish medieval romantic suspense?

I write Scottish medieval romantic suspense because it’s my favorite type of story.  The history of this era is fascinating, and the people who dared the odds to make Scotland free are inspiring.  It’s my honor to share pieces of history throughout my stories.

What is your process for writing a book? For example, are you a plotter or a pantzer? Do you start at page 1 and write your book sequentially or do you skip around? Do you start with your characters or the plot?

I’m a major plotter.  When I write a book I normally make eight passes, which includes a rough draft, edits, critiques, a final on-line read, then a final paper read.  I’m always amazed at how when you think your story is tight, then you read it on paper, you find more areas that need to be strengthened.

Do you write multiple drafts or barely need revisions when typing, The End?

When I’m writing new pages, I write a minimum of five new pages a day.  Before I write, I read up from the beginning of the last scene and edit up.  So, when I write ‘The End,’ I’m thrilled to share that my book is pretty tight.

How do you make time to write?

I have my day broken down to take care of personal items, business, and writing.

When you are writing, who is in control? You or your characters?

I’d like to say me, but too often my characters take charge of the story and off they go.  When I was writing a travel scene in His Seduction, my hero was upset and told the bad guy to get off his horse as they were going to have it out right there.  I stopped writing (by hand), because this fight did not fit into what I’d plotted.  I tried several times to delete this twist, but my hero refused.  So, I ended up eating dinner and finishing the scene to see what would happen.  In the end, it was fabulous.  I was thrilled at how the fight ramped up the tension!

What advice do you have for other writers?

Follow your heart, be true to yourself, and only you can tell your story!  And, keep around positive people who encourage you to believe in your dreams!!!

Why did you decide to become a romance author?

After I retired from the Navy, I decided to become a romance author because I’ve read romance my entire life and wanted to be a writer.

Would you tell us your story of getting “the call?”

After 9 1/2 years of writing, I was 3/4the the way through my 11th novel when I received “The Call” from Kate Duffy and Sulay Hernandez for my 8th novel.  It was an amazing day.  I didn’t yell or anything, but cried.  Once I’d calmed, I read my prepared note near my writing desk to the editors if ever I received ‘The Call.’  After, I thanked them for their time and told them I would get back to them in the next day or so.  When my kids came home from school, I shared the exciting news with them.  Then, I called several writing friends, culled sage advice, and a couple of days later I negotiated a two-book deal.

If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

I would be painting recreations of masters or flipping homes.

What books can we expect to see in the near future?

An Oath Taken is the first book in The Oath Trilogy.  An Oath Broken will be out in the Spring of 2014, and An Oath Sworn will come out in late 2015.  Also, in March of 2014, the MacGruder Brothers Box Set will be released.

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What do you want your readers to take away with them after reading the story?

When readers close the last page of my stories, I want them to walk away satisfied, and with a belief that they can overcome any obstacles faced.

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as an author?

That there’s so much more to learn, and to trust my instincts.

What is the most interesting thing you’ve ever done?

Wow, that’s so tough.  I think it’s a toss-up between reenlisting on the back of a camel in Africa, night diving in Guam, fishing in Alaska, and driving through Western Europe.

Tell us a little about the state/country you live in.

As a military brat, and a retired Navy Chief, AGC(AW), I’ve moved around a lot in my life.  I’m currently on move #34 and live in New Jersey.  The people here are so nice, I love the variety of things to do from hiking to going to the beach or to a festival, and the food is incredible!  (Fresh mozzarella – yum!)

Tell us your latest news.

Thank you so much for asking.  I have a thrilling end of the year ahead!

October:

I’ll be presenting a workshop at NJRW’s Put Your Heart in a Book Conference.

November:

I’ll be the Keynote Speaker at the Heart of Louisiana annual, “Fall in Readers’ Luncheon,” in Baton Rouge, La.

I’ll kick off the 5th annual Diana Cosby’s International Food Bank Food Drive.

Plus, Diana Cosby’s Romance Readers Build A Habitat For Humanity Home has now raised almost $5,000 toward a goal of $55,000 to build a Habitat For Humanity Home and make a deserving family’s dream come true.

You are busy! How would you describe yourself in five words?

Goal-driven, tenacious, optimist, helpful, and encouraging.

What are you reading now?

I’m reading, “The  Bride Says No,” by one of my favorite authors, Cathy Maxwell!

What is your favorite quote?

I have three favorite quotes:

“If you did not care at all what anyone else thought about you, what would you do differently or change in your life?” — Brian Tracy

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar

“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” — Bruce Lee

What’s your favorite place in the world to visit?

Wow, tough question to answer.  Each place I’ve lived or visited in the world has offered something memorable and unique.  In Spain, I loved the culture, people, and history.  In Alaska, I loved the fishing, the wildlife, and the gorgeous landscape.  In Texas, the people were amazing and the food was incredible!  In Korea, I enjoyed the gorgeous country and the shopping!

Where do you write?

I normally write at my desk in front of a bay window with my camera at my side. (*I’m an amateur photographer, and I share photos of birds and other things I see daily on my Facebook pace.)  At times, I’ll sit at the ocean with a pen and paper and write.  And, I’ve been known to go into coffee shops or have a meal and write by hand.  I wrote the entire fight scene for His Seduction while eating dinner in a restaurant in Texas.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for fifteen years come November.

Wow! Congrats! What comes first—characters or the plot?

Normally, the plot comes first, but this isn’t a hard and fast rule.  With Alexander MacGruder, the hero of His Captive in the bestselling MacGruder Brothers series, he woke me up demanding his story.

Do you write to music?

Absolutely!  I love, love, love writing soundtracks, with a couple of my favorites, Lord of the Rings, and Braveheart.

What’s your biggest dream?

Writing – to make the New York Times Bestseller List.

Personal – to build a facility in the shape of a castle where wounded veterans can stay for free with their families while they receiving treatment.

If you were a millionaire would you still write?

Absolutely, but I’d travel more for research. Did I mention that I’d stay in a lot of castles!

Cat or dog person?

Both.

Which actor and actress would you chose if one of your books were brought to film, and which book would that be?

I’d love His Captive, the first book in the bestselling MacGruder Brothers series to be a movie, though I think the series would make a wonderful movie series!  The hero and heroine I’d choose looks-wise for His Captive are:

Alexander: It’s a toss-up between Nikolaj Coster and Clive Standen.

Nichola: Piper Perabo.

Okay, get ready, we have our rapid response portion. Don’t think about your answers, just say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready?  

Wine or liquor? Wine.

Tea or coffee? Coffee (Very touch choice!)

Decaf or caffeinated? Decaf.

Boxers or briefs? Both.

Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate.

Channing Tatum or Johnny Depp? Both!

Want to meet or attend Diana’s workshop? Make sure you check out the information on our conference at http://www.njromancewriters.org!

Registration closes October 4th!

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In The Mind of Sandra Pesso – 30 Years of Happily Ever Afters

This week we’re jumping over the hump with our featured workshop presenter, Sandra Pesso!

Sandra will be giving a workshop at our conference in October. Work Your Social Media Platform Like A Rock Star! is just one of many fabulous workshops we have scheduled.

For more information on our conference, on how to register, and other popular questions, please visit our website at http://www.njromancewriters.org.

Please welcome Sandra!

How did you come up with the idea for Colors of Us?

The idea for my new release was born from a self-portrait created from friend and blogger, Michelle Willis.

How long did it take you to write Colors of Us?

It took me about six months to write. However, I also spent a lot of that time outlining the rest of the books in the McAvery Brothers series.

How much research did you conduct for Colors of Usand what was the most interesting thing you did while conducting your research?

I always do extensive research for each of my stories. Colors of Us is based in the trendy SoHo section of New York City so I spent much time there to nail the setting as accurately as possible. One trip was made to confirm which streets are paved and which still have the original cobblestone. Here’s a little known fact, I shot the background photo used in the background of the cover of Colors of Us.

Do you write multiple drafts or barely need revisions when typing, The End?

I’ll answer this with Ernest Hemingway’s quote: “The first draft of anything is shit.” I think of a rough draft as an artist’s sketch. The general idea is there but it’s still just ordinary. Layers of emotion and scene progression are necessary for the story to come to life and become extraordinary.

How do you make time to write?

My best friends are coffee and under eye concealer.

Who has had the most influence on your writing?

It’s not so much “who” as “what” has the most influence on my writing. I tend to find inspiration in the vibe of everyday life. Music, locations, even weather create and grow characters and plotlines.

What advice do you have for other writers?

Finish your book! So many writers ask me for advice on getting published but don’t have a finished manuscript. There’s a reason most publishers won’t commit to a book until it’s finished – it’s hard to finish! Take your book to completion, even if it’s not perfect. The exercise of writing a book from start to finish will help you do it again and again.

Why did you decide to become a romance author?

It’s all about the HEA, baby!

What was the most exciting thing that happened to you after you signed your contract – besides receiving your first check as a published author?

Honestly, the royalty check is just the icing. The most exciting thing about being a published author is hearing from readers who have dedicated their precious free time to read my work. Really, how awesome is that?

What do you want your readers to take away with them after reading the story?

The heroine of Colors of Us is a survivor of sexual assault. However, Colors of Us is not a story about sexual assault. It’s about moving on, healing and beating down the demons that hold us back. But most of all it’s a romance complete with an HEA because with ugly comes beauty and with hurt comes healing. I hope that message comes out loud and clear

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as an author?

Don’t write for the trends. Write for yourself or choose a reader and write for that person. You can’t be everything to everyone.

If you could choose anyone, past or present for a mentor, who would you choose?

My grandmother.

Do you have an ebook reader? If so, which one?

I read from my iPad’s Kindle app.

Tell us your latest news.

I’m taking Michelle, Hunter and the McAvery Bar crew on the road! I have a mini book tour planned and will be visiting Maryland, Las Vegas, and a few New Jersey locations and events.

What is your favorite music?

My current musical obsession is Ed Sheeran.

What is your favorite quote?

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

If you were a millionaire would you still write?

Definitely.

Cat or dog person?

Dog.

Okay, get ready, we have our rapid response portion. Don’t think about your answers, just say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready?  

Favorite color: Red

Favorite number: 11

Favorite Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio

Favorite Actress: Emma Stone

Wine or liquor? Martini, please

Tea or coffee? Big fan of both

Decaf or caffeinated? Is this really a question?

Boxers or briefs? Boxers

Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla

Donald Duck or Goofy? I’m more of a Pluto gal.

Frozen (the movie) or Tangled? Haven’t seen either…I’ve been writing!

Channing Tatum or Johnny Depp? Oooh…I have to go with Depp.

Want to meet or attend Sandra’s workshop? Make sure you check out the information on our conference at http://www.njromancewriters.org!

Registration closes October 4th!

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In The Mind of Shiloh Walker – 30 Years of Happily Ever Afters

This week we’re jumping over the hump with our featured workshop presenter and editor, Shiloh Walker!

Shiloh will be giving a workshop at our conference in October. Draw Me A Story is just one of many fabulous workshops we have scheduled.

For more information on our conference, on how to register, and other popular questions, please visit our website at http://www.njromancewriters.org.

Please welcome Shiloh!

How did you come up with the idea for Sweeter than Sin?

I was working on a trilogy and the idea for book 2, Sweeter than Sin, just sort of flowed from book 1, Deeper than Need.  Adam, the hero, is friends with the hero from book 1 and there are still things going on in town that all of them are caught up in.

How long did it take you to write Sweeter than Sin?

That would be hard to say…I think two months, but I wrote the book sort of as I was writing another one in the Secrets & Shadows series, because of how the timelines worked out, but I think it was roughly two months.

What was it about your book that made your editor want to buy it?

I told her I wanted to be a storyteller…she liked the idea of small-town contemporary suspense and that’s what I have fun with.

How much research did you conduct for Sweeter than Sin and what was the most interesting thing you did while conducting your research?

It’s based in a small town not too far from Louisville…Madison, Indiana.  That’s a real town and one I’m familiar with.  I spent some time in the town…and visited the winery, because totally, that is research.  I talked to a detective on the Madison police force because I had some questions about how a theoretical investigation would play out…other things? Can’t say because it would spoil the story for people.

What is your process for writing a book? For example, are you a plotter or a pantzer? Do you start at page 1 and write your book sequentially or do you skip around? Do you start with your characters or the plot?

By nature, I’m a pantzer.  I don’t like to plot out, but with romantic suspense, it’s easier, I’ve learned, to get things halfway worked through if I at least have a rough road map.  I don’t plot every chapter or even the high points, but I have a rough idea of the series arc, even if it’s only in my head.

I can only really write from beginning to end.  My stories almost always come from the characters—they have stories to tell me and sometimes, what I think they are telling me changes along the way, so going out of order would be a waste of time.

Why did you decide to become an author?

I’ve had stories in my head for as long as I can remember.  I played with a couple in elementary school, then again in seventh grade history class. From that time on, I never stopped.  I knew that all I wanted to do when I grew up was tell stories.

Okay, get ready, we have our rapid response portion. Don’t think about your answers, just say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready?  

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite number: 7

Favorite Actor: Tom Hiddleston

Favorite Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Wine or liquor? Why not both?

Tea or coffee? Coffee

Decaf or caffeinated? Caffeinated

Boxers or briefs? Those snug fitting boxers are the best

Chocolate or vanilla? Strawberry

Donald Duck or Goofy? Goofy

Frozen (the movie) or Tangled? I need to see Frozen ten more times to decide. <laughs!>

Channing Tatum or Johnny Depp? Depp all the way

Want to meet or attend Shiloh’s workshop? Make sure you check out the information on our conference at http://www.njromancewriters.org!

Registration closes October 4th!

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NJRW Presents: “ANONYMOUS AUTHOR”

ANONYMOUS AUTHOR is NJRW’s way to give Editors and Agents the opportunity to listen to your work and possibly request your manuscript based on your writing. How many times have we all thought, “If only Editor/Agent X would just look at my manuscript?” Here’s your chance. Let your writing speak for itself.

We all know how important it is to make a good first impression. Manuscripts are no exception. Seasoned editors can usually tell from the very first page whether they’re holding a potential winner in their hands or just another candidate for the “reject” pile.

This is your big chance to find out what impression the first page of YOUR story makes with professional editors and agents.

The incomparable Anne Walradt, “The Voice of Romance” for the NJRW Golden Leaf awards ceremony, and published author and musical theater actress, RoseAnn DeFranco, will read aloud your first page (up to the first 200 words) of pre-submitted entries and the editors and agents will respond with on-the-spot, CANDID, UNCENSORED gut reactions.

Readings are “anonymous”—we will not identify the author or title of the manuscript. However, we strongly encourage you to include the market/genre (Ex: Paranormal, YA, Romantic Suspense, etc.). If an editor or agent requests a manuscript or partial as a result of the reading, you will be notified by the moderator after the session.  

 

Here’s How to Participate in NJRW’s ANONYMOUS AUTHOR:

 

First, you must be a registered attendee of the conference to participate. Attach up to the 200 words from the first page of your manuscript (Note: the words “Chapter One” or “Prologue” do not count in the total) to an email with the subject line “NJRW ANONYMOUS AUTHOR Submission.” Send it to Kiersten Hallie Krum at kiersten@kierstenkrum.com—be sure to include your contact information in the body of the email. (Please send first 200 words as a Microsoft Word attachment and format as follows: Double-spaced, in an industry-acceptable, READABLE font, or I’m going to roll my eyes and consign your entry to the bottom of the stack.)

 

Entries will be accepted after 5:00 AM on Monday, September 15th and up until 11:59 pm, September 30th. (If any entries are received prior to September 15th they will be rejected and invited to resubmit during the submission time.) Submissions will be numbered in the order they are received and will be read in that same order. Due to time constraints, we may be unable to read all the entries submitted, so get yours in sooner rather than later! This session may be taped as part of the conference program.

Remember—entries may be no more than the first 200 words from the first page of your manuscript! If any entries are longer, the moderator (me) will get to decide at what point Anne or RoseAnn stop reading instead of you. Please be mindful of that and make sure you stop in the place you believe will make the editors and agents beg for more!

 

 

Good luck to you all!

Kiersten Hallie Krum, Anonymous Author Chair

kiersten@kierstenkrum.com

In The Mind of Kristen Painter – 30 Years of Happily Ever Afters

This week we’re jumping over the hump with our featured workshop presenter and editor, Kristen Painter!

Kristen will be giving a workshop at our conference in October. Worldbuilding Through a Series is just one of many fabulous workshops we have scheduled.

For more information on our conference, on how to register, and other popular questions, please visit our website at http://www.njromancewriters.org.

Please welcome Kristen!

Why did you decide to write paranormal romance and urban fantasy?

It’s what I liked to read and the kinds of stories that have been in my head.

What is your process for writing a book? For example, are you a plotter or a pantzer? Do you start at page 1 and write your book sequentially or do you skip around? Do you start with your characters or the plot?

I plan for major events, then I write toward them, always sequentially.

Do you use any techniques, tools, or aids to help you write?

Nope. Just my brain.

Do you write multiple drafts or barely need revisions when typing, The End?

One dirty draft, two – three revisions and then I’m pretty much done.

(Lucky girl!) What advice do you have for other writers?

Read as much as you can.

What was the most exciting thing that happened to you after you signed your contract – besides receiving your first check as a published author?

Probably signing books at New York Comic Con.

If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

Sleeping more.

What books can we expect to see in the near future?

A new paranormal romance series that’s (hopefully) a little on the funny side.

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as an author?

Develop a thick skin.

If you could have one special, supernatural power, what would it be?

I already have one but I can’t tell you what it is or I have to kill you.

<laughs> Tell us a little about the state/country you live in.

Besides being warm and sunny, Florida is home to more romance writers than you can shake a stick at.

How would you describe yourself in five words?

Sarcastic, loyal, impatient, funny, tall.

If you were a millionaire would you still write?

Yes. I need shoes. A lot of shoes.

Cat or dog person?

CAT. We have six. There is no other option.

Okay, get ready, we have our rapid response portion. Don’t think about your answers, just say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready?  

Favorite color: Purple

Favorite number: Seven

Favorite Actor: Cary Grant

Favorite Actress: Katharine Hepburn  

Wine or liquor? Vodka, but not often

Tea or coffee? Coffee      

Decaf or caffeinated? yes

Boxers or briefs? Neither

Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate

Donald Duck or Goofy? Agent P

Frozen (the movie) or Tangled? Neither. The Incredibles

Channing Tatum or Johnny Depp? I’m more a Vin Diesel kind of woman.

Want to meet or attend Kristen’s workshop? Make sure you check out the information on our conference at http://www.njromancewriters.org!

Registration closes October 4th!

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In The Mind of Angela James – 30 Years of Happily Ever Afters

This week we’re jumping over the hump with our featured workshop presenter and editor, Angela James!

Angela will be giving a workshop at our conference in October. Your Copy Editor is Not Your Proofreader: Understanding Editor Roles & How to Hire the Right One is just one of many fabulous workshops we have scheduled.

For more information on our conference, on how to register, and other popular questions, please visit our website at http://www.njromancewriters.org.

Please welcome Angela!

With so many changes in publishing over the past year, where do you see the future of publishing going?

I wish I had a superpower that would tell me where it’s going. Publishing is in an incredible state of change, it’s impossible to predict (it’s always been impossible to predict). I think the only true thing that we can say about the future of publishing is that there will still be publishing and people who want to read great books.

If you could have one special, supernatural power, what would it be?

See the above question.

How would you describe yourself in five words?

Dedicated. Smart. Humorous. Strong. Adaptable.

What are you reading now?

I read over 300 books a year, my answer to this will have changed by tomorrow. My current genre obsessions are sexy contemporary romance, dark erotic thrillers, and fantasy romance.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is in picture below.

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<laughs!> What’s your favorite place in the world to visit?

Italy. I fell in love with Italy when I was there in 2013. I loved everything about visiting there, all of the different parts of it I visited, including the language (which I absolutely don’t speak more than 20 words of). I can’t wait to go back.

Who’s your favorite hero?

I think I’m a cliché by saying this, but Roarke, from the JD Robb In Death series.

Who’s on your auto-buy list for authors?

Nalini Singh, Shannon Stacey, JD Robb, Jayne Castle, Ilona Andrews, Julie James, Kristen Ashley

What’s your biggest dream?

The late Kate Duffy, who was last an editor at Kensington, made a tremendous impression on me and it’s really my dream to someday know that I made enough of an impression on the industry that people will remember me positively after I’ve left it.

Cat or dog person?

I have 2 dogs and 3 cats, I think I qualify as both!

Okay, get ready, we have our rapid response portion. Don’t think about your answers, just say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready?  

Favorite color: Favorite anything questions are hard for me because I rarely have a favorite anything! I like to spread my love around 😉

Wine or liquor? Both, why choose!

Tea or coffee? Tea

Decaf or caffeinated? Decaf. I gave up caffeine 6 years ago. I know this seems impossible for someone working in publishing, but it’s true.

Boxers or briefs? Boxer briefs. I love a man in boxer briefs. But if my husband is reading this, then I mean I love you in boxer briefs, honey.

Chocolate or vanilla? Is it ice cream? Neither. I’m not really a fan of ice cream but if I eat it, I prefer something like mint chocolate chip or butter pecan.

Donald Duck or Goofy? Donald Duck is possibly the most annoying, self-indulgent character Disney ever created.

Frozen (the movie) or Tangled? Frozen. It makes me laugh because my 9 y/o is totally over the soundtrack so we randomly sing snippets of “Do you wanna build a snowman” to her when she least expects it.

Channing Tatum or Johnny Depp? David Beckham. (Ha! Me, too!)

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Registration closes October 4th!

Angela James