I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time
Please welcome Dena author of Risky Business.
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by Dena Garson
Actually, it was my best friend. She and I were discussing a book we had both read and she said “one of us should be writing this stuff.” I thought it was a fabulous idea so I pursued it. I found a local romance writing group, joined RWA and attended their national conference later that same year. After attending as many workshops as I could on writing and the romance industry, I began writing my first novel.
They say write what you know. I worked in a corporation for over ten years and witnessed how people interacted at all levels. I was also fortunate enough to be well connected to the proverbial grapevine. My first few books were largely inspired by rumors I’d heard over the years.
I have several books in the works right now – a contemporary, a fantasy and a historical paranormal. Now that I’ve ventured into the world of self-publishing I’ll have to decide if I want to find a publisher for each of them or handle them myself. It’s been an invigorating experience to learn about the publishing side of the business and I’d like to continue to expand my skills.
Katie in Ghostly Persuasion. If for no other reason than because she got to visit Ireland and stay in a haunted castle. Strangely enough, a good friend of mine said she saw a lot of my personality in that character.
I developed a relationship with a local writer, teacher and mentor, Ms. Peggy Fielding some years back. She taught me the basics of formatting manuscripts for submission and held my hand as I sent my work to publishers for the first time. When I got my first rejections, she reassured me I was a good little writer and should focus on the next book and/or publisher. Of course, she also called the rejecting publisher an ugly word. There’s nothing like a short, eighty-something year old Baptist woman calling a faceless entity bad names to put things into perspective for you.
The best advice I ever received came from Candice Havens. She said, “Give yourself permission to write crap.” This was a major breakthrough for me as a new writer. I often got so bogged down with finding the perfect word or making sure each paragraph was exactly what I needed at that point in the story that I couldn’t crank out the bones of my story. Hearing that I didn’t have to have a perfect first draft was freeing.
As for bad advice, I don’t really think I’ve gotten any. I’ve had people suggest things that just didn’t work for me but worked for others.
Both. Most of the time I see a scene or two in my head and I have to get those down on paper. From there I work forward and backward to discover who my characters are and what they’re doing in that story. Usually before I get half way through my story I have a complete outline though.
I do lots of crafts. Beaded jewelry is probably my favorite after reading and writing. I can’t say the knowledge I’ve gained carries over into my books but it helps to clear the cobwebs from my head. Whenever the words aren’t coming or I get stuck on a plot point I work on jewelry until I can see the scenes again.
I have three books I return to frequently – Julie Garwood’s Guardian Angel, Stephanie Lauren’s Devil’s Bride, and Karen Marie Moning’s Immortal Highlander. I think I’ve read each of them a dozen times.
My next book is another contemporary romance loosely titled Snow Effect. I’ve completed the first draft and need to finish my edits. It’s a story of young love left behind and second chances.
Wow, that’s tough. I don’t watch a lot of TV – mostly just Doctor Who and Big Bang Theory (on reruns) – and my movie watching is almost as scarce (I always feel like there is something else I should be doing). As a favorite actor, I’d have trouble choosing between Robert Downey Jr. and Keanu Reeves and I’d probably pick Sandra Bullock for actress.
In Risky Business, the black moment comes when Mia confronts the guy causing trouble for her at the office party. On a more subtle level, she also has to make a decision about whether or not she can trust Jake enough to get involved with him.
Two coworkers are brought together when an embarrassing bet is brought to light at the annual office party. Mia worries her trust in Jake, the company playboy, may place her heart and reputation at risk.
“And off they go,” Mia mumbled as she watched her traitorous friends weave their way across the room, leaving her alone with Jake. She turned and looked up into his eyes. Even though the lights were too low to see the exact shade, she knew they were the color of well-worn denim. “I hope you’re aware of what you unleashed on your pals.”
She considered the man standing before her. He was tall with broad, strong-looking shoulders. She knew he played ball with some of the guys in the office because she’d often heard them talking about the games over coffee in the break room. The way his shirts fit indicated he worked out. Add that to his classic blond hair and blue eyes and he was definitely drool-worthy, as Mandy would say.
The biggest question in Mia’s mind was whether or not he would ever see her as anything but an analyst with more opinions than boobs. Thankfully she had the data to back those opinions up.
“They may thank me in the morning,” Jake said with a twinkle in his eye.
“They might,” she conceded.
He stepped closer to Mia. Close enough that she could feel the warmth of his body radiating to her already flushed skin.
“Besides,” he lowered his voice and held Mia’s gaze, “it served its purpose.”
“What purpose is that?”
“To get you to myself.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Dena Garson loves to read romance—the hotter the better. When one of her BFFs said “one of us should be writing this stuff”, she took up the challenge. If she isn’t writing, she’s designing jewelry but somehow she still manages to make it into the office on a regular basis.
Dena on the web:
Website – http://www.denagarson.com/
Blog – http://denagarson.net/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/dena.garson.7
Twitter – https://twitter.com/DenaGarson
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/dgarson
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Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+DenaGarson/
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/denagarson7
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Dena will be awarding Gift Basket that includes: a handmade tablet cover, tissue cover & tissues, handmade earrings, handmade stamped necklace (“We’re All Mad Here”), decorative pen, beaded bookmark, Dena swag (pen, nail file, sticker, magnet, key ring), and a Dena tee-shirt, to a randomly drawn winner (International) via rafflecopter during the tour, and a Handmade stamped necklace (“Choose Your Own Path”) and earrings to a randomly drawn host (International).
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