I’ve been a book lover all of my life and my dream was to write. In 1980, my sister, Nancy Bush, suggested we try our hand at writing romance novels. We tried one together with a friend and then decided that each of us would write our own project. Nancy was the first to sell a “teen romance” to Silhouette First Love. I concentrated on the new Silhouette Special Edition line and eventually sold. Since then I’ve turned my attention to romantic suspense novels and thrillers which I now write for Kensington Publishing.
Yes, I’ve lived in Oregon most of my life, so many of my stories are set here as it’s where I’m most comfortable.
Due to family issues, I’m currently not attending any events. If that changes, I’ll note it here and on social media.
First of all, keep reading and discover what kind of books really intrigue you. Join a writing group in your area or online. Go to writing conferences and soak up all the information offered. Look online for more specific information on events in your area.
Then just write. Whatever you are currently working on, just keep going. There are lots of good ideas, but does yours have a beginning, a middle, and an end? As for a specific method, every author does it differently. You need to find out what works for you.
- Some authors just start and write until they type “the end.”
- Others work with detailed character sheets and specific scenes.
- Some use a story board.
This is what I suggest:
- Write your complete idea down in two sentences.
- Expand those two sentences to two paragraphs.
- Add the main characters and setting.
- Expand those two paragraphs into two double-spaced pages.
- Add a secondary plot line if you have one.
- Expand the two pages into a full synopsis of the book. This can be any length, usually anywhere from twenty to eighty double-spaced pages. Include minor characters and plot twists and specific scenes if they come to mind.
The point is to see that the book holds together from the beginning through the middle to the end. If it does then from that point, write the actual book.
I suggest joining writing groups where information is shared and more importantly attending conferences where you can interact with other writers. Editors and agents often attend the conferences and you can get a short appointment to pitch your idea. Good luck!