Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I know Mother's Day has past, but this is a little tale I conceived, just for that special recognition of mothers everywhere!  

The Alien's Mother by Francesca Quarto

It was a typical Mother's Day in the small outpost of Glimmer Roost.  They still celebrated long- remembered holidays from Earth times, only now they did it in zero gravity.  
So, no bunches of roses and boxes of chocolates and jewelry; just the hand-made cards that could be erased and reused for the next holiday.  There was no shortage of shiny baubles to be given, but they were as common as road gravel back on Terra One. After all, the brilliant stones gave the very name to the mining town.
Mother's Day wasn't that big around there anyway, what with the lack of any women.  And usually the only time the word "mother" was spoken, it was quickly followed with a profanity. Now that word, would be around human settlements until the end days!
This Mother's Day seemed destined to be marked like hundreds before it in Glimmer Roost; they broke out the Alien's Mother.
She landed on the remote planet several months after the Pilgrim Miners. They had already set up the rough, outlying buildings for what would become, Glimmer Roost.  
She announced her arrival by blasting a group of unarmed surveyors and building engineers to space dust.  There was no provocation on their part, unless you count their aggressive reshaping of the landscape.  
One of the mounds they eradicated was, unfortunately, the entrance to the alien's domicile; a hive-like structure of connecting tunnels and chambers.  At the time it was destroyed to make room for the growing outpost, it sheltered the Alien's entire family tree, from oldest to youngest.  
She responded as any mother would, with unchecked rage and righteous lethality.  She entered into a running skirmish with the Pilgrim Guard Unit that had been called in by a lone survivor of the mound killings.  
Her end was assured, as they were human and she, a mere alien, not withstanding that this was her home planet.
The body of the Alien mother was to be kept for further study by the scientists that would follow one day.  She was perfectly preserved, but as time went on, the Pilgrims realized the corporation would not waste resources on studying anything that couldn't produce a profit.
Being human men, offspring of mothers all, they were moved, after the first one hundred years, to celebrate that most honored holiday, Mother's Day. 
Forthwith, the preserved body of the alien mother was brought to the communal feasting hall, where the children of human kind, could lay hand-made gifts around her four, stiff and blueish feet.  
They had taken this mother of another race and co-opted her as their own.  Over a span of many hundred cycles, the reputation, along with the petrified shell of the last mother in Glimmer Roost, was transformed.
From death bringer, to life giver; from alien, to familiar.
Mother's Day became "The Great Mother's Day"  proving, even in dying, there was no death for the Alien's Mother.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Using Sensory Description in Paranormal Romance

A frequent tip you'll hear in writing workshops, seminars, and blogs is to include the senses in your descriptions. One workshop I attended mentioned trying to include all 5 senses on every page. I took this to be a bit of an exaggeration, as that would be a LOT of description on every page. But it gives you a goal to shoot for so you remember to include sensory description as much as possible.

My personal rule of thumb is to attempt to get all 5 senses to show up in every five pages. This is actually much harder than it sounds, so let's dig into a little bit.

5 Commonly Learned Senses

Sight tends to be the easiest of the senses to remember because you can describe what the character is seeing in terms of surroundings, other people, gestures, or even what's inside their head. However, since this one is the easiest to include, don't forget to include little details that we all notice without realizing it... colors, shapes, changes in the surroundings, locations of objects or people in relation to the POV. For that deep POV touch, have characters note things that they would notice. No two people would walk into a room and notice the same things. Think about what in the room/the scene/another character might catch your characters eye. 

Sound can be relatively easy because you can describe voices if you include a lot of dialogue like I prefer. But I find I forget to includes sounds of everyday life that we all tend to tune out, but are there nonetheless. Things like cars passing, low murmurs of voices at parties, background music, etc. You don't need a lot, just a touch here and there. Again, try to incorporate things your character might notice.

Touch could be the bread and butter for a romance writer. Touch can be a very sensual experience. Wonderfully descriptive words come from touch - rough, smooth, silky, hard, soft, lush, scratchy. Think about textures of furniture, of food, of clothing, of skin, of pets, even the air. You get the idea.

You would think that smell would be easy to include, but unless there's food involved, I find I really have to think about smells. (I guess I love food.) Smells surround us, but unless they're strong we don't think about it much. Next time you get out of the car or enter a new building, think about what it smells like. Does it smell like a hospital? Like Christmas? Like a trash bin? Like piney woods? Like flowers? What do people around you smell like? Like what they just ate? Their cologne? Their shampoo? The pool water they just swam in?

This is perhaps the hardest sense to include regularly because most of us only think of taste in terms of food. And, at least for my characters, I don't have them eating in every chapter. However, taste can come into play in ways that are more subtle. Have you ever tasted the metallic flavor of blood, or the lips of the person you just kissed, or a scent in the air is so strong you can taste it?

Other Senses

Did you know there are more than 5 senses these days? I heard a trivia question recently saying that there are more than 5 senses--which, as a writer who tries to include these details in my descriptions, I found fascinating.

In researching this a little, I discovered that scientists are still divided on the additional senses. Some link them to specific sensory organs in our bodies (eyes, ears, olfactory, tongue, skin - but also inner ear, etc.). Some consider that there are subcategories to the main 5.

Regardless of classification, here are some additional senses that most of the websites I reviewed agreed on:
  • Temperature - Hold/Cold
  • Balance
  • Pain
  • Sense of where your limbs and body parts are
  • Thirst
  • Hunger
  • Time

Just think of all the new ways you could incorporate these additional sensory details!

Paranormal Senses

Now let's take it yet a step further, into a genre specific bonus!

In paranormal romance, we are dealing with creatures that don't have just their human senses. They could potentially have heightened sense. Take werewolves and wolf shifters for example. Several articles pointed out that animals have heightened versions of these senses. Dogs smell 100x better than humans. So it stands to reason my wolf shifters would as well.

Think about having fun with the possibilities this presents. For example:

A dragon might be cold intolerant, because they like heat better. They might also have a great sense of balance which could be needed for flying. How much fun would a dragon with inner-ear issues be to write, because suddenly they are grounded (and more interesting).

A vampire might be a great CSI because they can taste elements in blood. What if they could be a DNA tester? Or  blood-alcohol tester?

A psychic can't stand to be touched because it triggers visions. That'll make intimate relationships difficult. Build in conflict right there.

I think you get where I'm going now. (In fact, I might go write that dragon with balance issues right now.)

I hope you have a ton of fun trying to fit in some new sensory detail, and maybe even make a character more interesting because of it! Let me know what you come up with!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Moon Magic by C.J. Burright

I grew up in the country and spent most of my summers outdoors. I rode horses with my friends in the surrounding woods (fighting orcs, of course, with the elven army), waded through creeks to catch crawdads, splashed in the secret neighborhood swimming hole until my toes wrinkled worse than grandpa’s patooty.  Sure, I miss all those childhood activities, especially when I’m holed up in an office all day, but what I miss the most are the summer evenings.  We’d sleep out under the open sky, roughing it without wimpy tents or air mattresses, and stay up until that time of night when deep quiet creeps in and an otherworldly element charges the air.  Without street lamps and house lights, the cosmos hold a hypnotizing brilliance.  I’d stare up at the landscape of stars for hours and wonder how far away Luke Skywalker was at that very moment.  Light years, I guessed.  Maybe I was his other long-lost Jedi sister and somewhere in the heavens my light saber awaited…

The moon was just as mysterious, although I never really trusted the man in the moon.  Too pale. Ate too much Swiss cheese.  But the moon still fascinates me, so I thought I’d share a few fun moon facts.
Full moons have specific names, thanks to the Native Americans.  Since we already missed the May full moon, let’s prepare for June. June is the Strawberry Moon, because…STRAWBERRIES! Nothing better than fresh strawberry shortcake, right? Europeans call it the Rose Moon, and others call it the Hot Moon. Did you know “honeymoon” came from the full moon in June?  Since June lands in between the planting and harvesting season, it was a fine month to get hitched.  And white flowers are thought to be inhabited by Moon spirits, who appear at full moon, especially in July, August, and September, so if you want to attract love, use Jasmine.

And did you know you can schedule life according to the moon?  Here are some helpful May and June dates provided by the Farmer’s Almanac:
Best days to start projects: May 26 and June 25.
Best days for fishing (which I always encourage my husband to do for peaceful writing time): 1-9; 23-30.
Best days for dental care: June 1, 2, 28, and 29.
Want to quit smoking? Try May 20, 24 or June 16 and 21.
In case you need to cut some pounds for the upcoming swimsuit season, start your diet on May 20 or 24 for an early start or June 26 or 21.

And a few extra fun facts and superstitions:

According to a study at Bradford Royal Infirmary, the chances of being bitten by a dog are twice as high during a full moon.  No wonder I’m a cat person.

It’s unlucky to look at the moon over your shoulder.

The word “lunatic” came to describe someone who was moon mad as a result of sleeping under the moonlight, or being overexposed to it.

A study by Tübingen University, Germany, claimed that police reports for 50 new and full moon cycles showed that the moon is responsible for binge drinking. See? You can
blame that empty wine jug on the full moon.

Don’t sleep under moonlight. Hippocrates claims you’ll have nightmares.  I’m proof that isn’t true, but maybe that only applies to Greeks. Then again, it's entirely possibly my Dreamcaster series was inspired this way...

Any full moon stories, facts, or fallacies you want to share? When was the last time you took a moment to gaze up at the moon and stars?

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Jolly Old England & Cowboys (??)

I'm in Yorkshire visiting my son and his growing family (a new baby in April - 9.5 lb baby boy named Aleston Douglas Nightingale) for the entire month of May, but this transplanted Texan wanted to share with you an anthology celebrating hunky cowboys and the Lone Star State.

The Cowboys of Clark's Folly (Texas) features four stories set in the imaginary town of Clark's Folly which is south of Dallas.  As the only resident of Texas, I had a slight advantage, perhaps. It's interesting to see how three women from Georgia viewed Texas.

The stories are Esther's Cowboy by MM Mayfield; A Cowboy's Cinderella by MJ Flournoy; Matchmaker by Carol Shaughnessy; and Return to Folly by Yours Truly.  Matchmaker is an erotic paranormal romance. The other stories are just good old cowboy romance!

The anthology, published by Gilded Dragonfly Books is available on Amazon as an eBook and will later be available in print.  Buy Link:  http://a.co/ib535pH

Here's the Blurb:

Welcome to Clark's Folly, Texas, a town where you will find cowboys to lust over. Each of the four novellas will make you fall in love. The cowboys are tough, but so are the women who tame them.If you love Cowboys, you don't want to miss these sexy, sensual stories. Take a fantasy trip to Texas and find the cowboy of your dreams.

To celebrate the release, I'm offering a copy of the book to a commenter who'll agree to review the book--love or hate. :-)


I'm walking the moors of Yorkshire while you read this or perhaps visiting The White Cliffs of Dover.  The White Cliffs of Dover is one of my all-time favorite books, and, if possible, I'd like to take my granddaughter, travel by train to the coast, and take a ferry to France.  The White Cliffs are supposed to be much more spectacular viewed from across the Channel.  I'll report when I return in June.  Wish me happy castle hopping!

All the best and more!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

World Building: Celebrations by Diane Burton

On Thursday, Hubs and I spent the day savoring Dutch food, like boerenkool stamppot (mashed potatoes and kale), gehaktballen (meatball and gravy), saucijzenbroodjes (like pigs in a blanket), and olibollen (a big deep-fried ball covered in powdered sugar) or Hollandse boterkoek (almond flavored shortbread) for dessert. Makes me hungry thinking about all the wonderful flavors.

 We also shopped in the Marktplaats where vendors displayed Dutch souvenirs, like hand-made wooden shoes, tulip decorated mugs, and just about anything with a Delft design. And, of course, windmills. Dancers in the street wearing wooden shoes (and multiple pairs of socks) is always fun to watch. The best part of the day was watching a parade of children dressed in Dutch costumes, accompanied by marching bands.

Each year, Holland, Michigan celebrates their Dutch heritage with the Tulip Time Festival. I remember when my sister and I drove across the state to watch our siblings in their high school marching band in a parade. We saw President Gerald Ford (when he was a representative) riding in a convertible and waving to the crowd. Now we go to watch our grandchildren.

Celebrating heritage or founding comes easily for us in the United States. We’re such a young country, and most of our citizens come from all over the world. Many of my own ancestors came from The Netherlands, so I especially enjoy Tulip Time. Since I’m a “melting pot” like so many in the U.S., I could easily join in festivities for German, Polish, Irish, British, Scottish, Welsh . . . you get the picture.

As part of the world building for our stories, we should think about celebrations and festivals—secular and/or religious. Where did the inhabitants come from? What do they hold dear? What are their celebrations like? How long do the festivities last?

In my Switched series, the planet Serenia was founded by a group of colonists called the Intrepid Ones. Like most world-building, I knew so much more than what appears in the book(s) where small but significant details are dropped into conversations or the narrative. The reader doesn’t need to know as much as the author, but I made up an entire scenario about the Intrepid Ones: who they were, how they arrived, what they found, why they left their home planet.

It made sense to me that the Serenians would hold an annual celebration to honor those who settled their planet. At the beginning of Switched Resolution, the crew of the starship Freedom are supposed to serve as an honor guard at the opening ceremonies for Founders' Day. Not good when the captain and officers don’t show up. They had other priorities, like retrieving their ship stolen by rebels.

Hmm. I wonder what foods they served during the festivities.


Actions have consequences as Space Fleet Captain Marcus Viator and NASA reject Scott Cherella discover when they switched places. Does the reserved Marcus have what it takes to imitate his smart-aleck twin? Despite help from his love, Veronese, Scott’s already been outed by two of Marcus’ best friends.

When rebels steal the ship with part of the crew aboard, Scott has to rescue them and retrieve the Freedom. The stakes increase when he discovers the rebels are heading for Earth. They know he’s a fraud and they want Marcus. The safety of the Alliance of Planets depends on Scott and his allies.

Switched Resolution, which wraps up the Switched series, takes the reader from Earth—where Marcus adjusts to a pregnant Jessie—to the starship Freedom commandeered by rebels, to the chase ship with Scott and Veronese aboard.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Trouble With Dragons

And when I say dragons, I mean my two personal dragons, Depression and Anxiety.

But first, good things are happening. The second book in my Sisters in Sin series, Bewitching the Dragon, was released on Tuesday, and yesterday, the following announcement went live in Publishers Marketplace:
Author of BEWITCHING THE DRAGON, Jane Kindred’s THE DRAGON’S HUNT, about an immortal Viking cursed to lead the Wild Hunt and the tattoo artist who reads the tapestry of fate in the ink on his skin, to Kayla King at Harlequin Nocturne, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, by Sara Megibow of kt literary (World).
Now, I look at that description, and I think, “Hey, I’d really like to read that!” And I wrote it. Which puts me in a panic, afraid the book can’t live up to that one sentence.

A lot of stuff goes by in a blur of sulfurous smoke when your Depression and Anxiety dragons are spiraling out of control. And the mad state of affairs in the world right now really isn't helping any, to be perfectly frank.

But writers write. So I keep pushing myself onward. Onward and upward. Or, in the words of my least favorite Narnian chronicle, The Last Battle, “further up and further in.” The latter is C.S. Lewis’s exhortation to fully experience God’s abundance. In those scenes, set in the afterlife, the Narnian dwarves steadfastly refuse to see any of the good around them, insisting they’re being fed straw and dirt instead of delicious fresh fruit from Aslan’s kingdom.

That’s kind of what being depressed is like. Not that having a book published tastes like straw and dirt, but it doesn’t taste delicious, either. It doesn’t taste like much of anything. I just have to hope the book tastes good to everyone else. Or at least someone else. Meanwhile, I’ll just sit here in this dusty barn and chew on an old root and hope for the best.

But enough about my personal dragons. The dragons I really want to tell you about are the ancient Sumerian demon, Kur, in Bewitching the Dragon, who turns out to be surprisingly endearing despite his namesake, and the Jörmungandr-esque dragon in the forthcoming The Dragon’s Hunt. Jörmungandr is the sea-encircling ouroboros from Norse mythology destined to kill and be killed by Thor during Ragnarök. (As an aside, I cannot wait for that movie to come out—and by the by, my Viking Leo looks quite a bit like Chris Hemsworth, just so you know.) But the other inspiration for my Norse serpent-dragon happens to be my favorite Narnian chronicle, The Silver Chair.

I have to confess, I’ve always had a thing for the witch—“the Lady of the Green Kirtle”—who enslaves Prince Rilian and enchants him as the Black Knight, only to allow him to return to himself during a single hour a day while tied to the accursed silver chair in the underworld. (Okay, so she was going to dig her way up into Narnia with goblins and gnomes or whatever and invade, but except for that, I totally would have stayed with her and her soothing harp-playing and incense, denying that I’d ever seen the sun in the sky and swearing it was only an exaggeration based on my knowledge of a lamp and a ceiling.)

Illustration from The Silver ChairBut my weird fantasies aside, the curse my Viking hero Leo is under in The Dragon’s Hunt was inspired by Rilian’s curse, and the dragon in the story is, in my head, none other than the one the witch turns into in The Silver Chair. (If you’ve been following my books since my debut, The Fallen Queen, you may have noticed I have a thing for enslaved, moody princes under spells who wear black and the delightfully sweet-voiced wicked ladies who own them.) ;)

If you’re a dragon fan (or just a fan of hot, moody dudes), Books 1 and 2 are available now.

Cover: Waking the Serpent by Jane KindredThe Millionaire's Redemption… 

When Sedona's most eligible bachelor is accused of murdering a local psychic, medium Phoebe Carlisle finds herself drawn into the danger that surrounds him—by the meddling of the shades she channels and by his irresistible charms. A public defender and a gifted medium, Phoebe is devoted to justice—and not just for the living. Proving Rafe Diamante's innocence means conjuring up two shades who were former lovers and now ignite the chemistry between their hosts.

Rafe can't afford to lose control and act on his feelings for Phoebe. His unfulfilled sexual tension begins to stir something inside him—the legacy of Quetzalcoatl. But as these newfound abilities awaken a dormant power in Rafe, can he stop the real murderer in time to claim his true destiny?

One Night with a Dragon...

Cover: Bewitching the Dragon
Ione Carlisle worked hard to be accepted by the Sedona Covent, but now everything is falling apart. Especially when she lets loose for a wild night on the town and ends up with the one man she should be avoiding at all costs—the man who came to Sedona to fire her. He ignites in her a carnal need that she can’t and won’t ignore...

Buttoned-up assayer Dev Gideon’s loyalty to the Leadership Council should be reason enough to resist Ione. Never mind that she stirs the ancient demon secretly bound within him. But their blood connection is undeniable. And now Dev must risk his reputation, and his soul, to save Ione from a vigilante intent on destroying her and the entire Covent, even if it means unleashing the monster inside.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Military Romance with a Bite #GetBitten #BravoTeamWOLF

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Who doesn’t love a man in uniform? Or a woman for that matter? Writing military romance is a labor of love for me. These novels feature “strong, sexy heroes and strong, sexy heroines” in dramatic, high conflict situations. The promise of a military romance includes conflicts (both internal and external) as well as courage, because these men and women plunge right into the fire feet first.

Sexy, physically challenging and romantic—these heroes are above and beyond the average guy or gal. They are deeply committed to their service, to being their physical best, their mentally sharpest, and their emotions carefully guarded. They are the first through the door, and the last to come home—and they never leave a member of their team behind.

Now throw some wolves into that mixture and your band of brothers (and sisters) develop a pack dynamic, which brings dominance, loyalty, and determination to a boiling point.

Need a few more reasons to read military romance with a shifter bite?

How about:

·      Wolf military heroes are not your average hero – some characteristics come with uniform like insane sexiness, honor, respect, and dedication. Add a wolf to the mix and you get a kind of ferocious loyalty and wildness intrinsic to pack dynamics. The physical fitness you expect with the uniform turns into a primal perfection with a wolf.
·      These heroes and heroines train to save the day – from obstacle courses to forced marches to suspending from helicopters, these Marines train how to track, achieve, and kill if necessary. The wolf aspect gives them an edge, but they still have to work together.  They will put everything on the line to serve their country, and their packs. Just imagine what they will do to save the one they love?
·      The intensity of the conflicts – wartime or peace, you know a strong military and shifter romance hinge on the conflicts they must survive at home and in the field. Separation. Loss. Adjustment to civilian life. Measuring their more primitive pack response against the rules and laws of the military. It can leave these heroes and heroines between a rock and a hard place.
·      Complicated emotions are at the heart of every story – Whether you heard about PTSD and survivor’s guilt, these characters live with it. Every day, and it informs their relationships from family to friends to teammates and of course, their lovers. No is more demanding on themselves than these guys and gals.
·      Hot bodies are a given and it wouldn’t be a romance without them. This doesn’t mean they are perfect—because they are also flawed. Some may have emotional scars while others physical scars. They are all weapons—and none more so than the shifters. They can use a knife, their gun, their muscles or their claws—whatever gets the job done.

Whether you love shifters or military romance, Bravo Team WOLF embraces all of the above.  What do you love about military romances or shifters? Or in this case, both?

Friday, May 5, 2017

Things That Go Bump!

And, no, I'm not talking about 'in the night' though for me it is horrifying!

There's a bump, a really big bump, in the palm of my left hand. I'm right handed so I didn't realize how much I used my left hand until the bugger started hurting because I'd hit it or clutch something too tightly. Since it was getting bigger and bigger, I visited a plastic surgeon last week who, after examining the 'thing' for a bit, looked up at me and said, "There's another one behind it." Good Lord! Only me. I'd been having some pain and lots of cramping but I put that down to my Lupus acting up. No, can't blame that this time, though I do think some of the cramping is a by-product of Lupus.

Anyway, I have two ganglion cysts nestled in my palm when most pics I've looked at show growth on wrists, fingers, sides of the hand, even toes. Really? I get it--them--in the palm of my hand. The pic shows one similar; however, mine is located between third and fourth finger. This is the stuff horror stories are made of. In real life you don't have things sprouting from your body, right? I do. It's hard to grip anything without it hurting and I can't open my hand all the way without some pain. Typing, well, that's an adventure because I never know when the 'claw' will make an appearance. My fingers just fold inward and ache like hell! Sometimes it takes a good twenty minutes to massage what I call a spasm out. I've been wearing a wrist brace so I don't bang it too much and that also hinders writing.

All this while I'm scrambling to finish a novella before my surgery which was supposed to be Tuesday but was postponed until next Tuesday, May 9th. Doc says I should not have much pain, will be back to work by end of week, and can possibly be whirring away on the keyboard in 3-4 weeks. My plan is to have the story done and will only have to peck the keys doing edits and necessary fixes.

I also intend to use some of the time to get a few more of my 'returned' books up on Amazon's Kindle Unlimited. I think I can handle that with one hand.

So, that's what I've been up to and I hope to be back in full swing by early June and I'll update you then. Meanwhile...

Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out. - J. Hali Steele
(In this case I'm having my beast 'cut' out!)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Little Things Can Make Your Ordinary Characters Memorable

By Maureen L. Bonatch 

Every time I see a butterscotch candy, or bread with an inch of butter piled on it—lots and lots of butter—I think of my grandmother, who we called, Nanny. 

Nanny has been gone for many years, but these simple things evoke my memory of her.

Visualizing a Character

I visualize Nanny's appearance in my mind, but I don’t describe her that way. I could describe her typical cotton dress, and her ever-present panty hose rolled down to ball just under the knee. I could detail her cropped, curly, white hair, and heavy glasses perched on the end of her nose. Or how she always cut the sides of her shoes to make room for her bunions.

Building a Setting

I could describe how she depicted her devout roman Catholic beliefs in her home. Or perhaps how she was always in the kitchen. That her freezer was never without ice cream and how she opened her heart, and her kitchen, to feed every person that walked in the door. 

Focus on Key Characteristics

But those aren’t the first things that come to mind. It’s the butterscotch candy resting in the glass dish in the parlor, and the mounds of butter stacked on a slice of thick bread that stuck with me for all these years. Those would be key elements if I was making my Nanny into a character. The rest might be essential in developing character backstory to help me understand the character better, but sometimes just a few little things can make a character memorable. 

My Writing Process

When a new character introduces themselves, they get right to the point. They start telling me their story. I might notice a few memorable characteristics in their personality, body language, or speech mannerisms and—off I go to wrap the character around those traits. It’s kind of like I found the egg and work backwards to find the chicken that created it. 

True confessions of a panster.

If you’re a heavy plotter, you might find this next paragraph upsetting and want to skip it. Since my writing begins with these few key elements, I’ve sometimes discovered I’ve written an entire book without identifying the color of the heroine, or the hero’s, hair or eyes. That my stories lacks those key descriptions. 

That’s because as a reader, I like to picture some of those characteristics myself. How I see them. Everyone doesn’t read/write that way, so I keep that in mind and go back and add some extra details.

In your Reading and/or Writing, What Comes First—the Egg, or the Chicken? (I.e: The Character or the Characteristics)

Author Bio: Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line. Find Maureen on her websiteFacebookTwitter