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Issue 28 - What's Romance Got To Do With It? - Deanna Raybourn, Debbie Macomber, Allison Brennan

 

EDITOR'S DESK

  1. WELCOME:  WHAT’S ROMANCE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Romance is the wide brushstroke under which a colorful palette of subgenres lie. Suspense, Paranormal, Historical, Inspirational, Chick-Lit—that’s some of the rainbow. Considering the flexibility of the genre, it’s not surprising that Harlequin’s North American retail group had their strongest year, despite the economy and the news of other publishers biting the dust. It appears that readers want to escape and fall in love. The thing is, most of the authors in this issue don’t even consider themselves “romance writers.” So what’s romance got to do with it? That’s what we’re going to explore… 
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FEATURES

  2. A STEP BACK IN TIME WITH DEANNA RAYBOURN

Have you ever thought about creating a series of books with your main character? WOW! columnist Chynna Laird chats with historical romance author Deanna Raybourn about her latest book, Silent on the Moor, and the business side of writing. Deanna provides fantastic tips on marketing, including blogging! This interview is not to be missed, especially for our authors-in-waiting who are thinking of writing in the historical mystery genre…
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  3. ALLISON BRENNAN: RECIPE FOR A ROMANTIC SUSPENSE BESTSELLER

Mix one heartless, sociopathic killer, a strong, yet vulnerable heroine, one sexy love interest, and a gruesome crime. Stir together in close proximity for a few hundred pages. Keep the lights on while reading. Allison Brennan is one of the top bestselling authors of Romantic Suspense today. Allison chats with Suzanne Pitner about her recipe for success that includes determination, a desire to write, and the self-discipline to follow through… MORE >>

     
  4. DEBBIE MACOMBER IS PASSIONATE ABOUT HER CHARACTERS AND STORIES

You are in for a treat! How often do you get to listen to the advice of a #1 NY Times bestselling author? WOW! columnist Margo L. Dill chats with Debbie Macomber about the inspiration for her characters, working with editors, her writing routine, and why you should remember to think of your agent as your employee… MORE >>

     
  5. VIEWPOINT SLAM: ROMANCING THE GENRES & THE SECRET LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN WRITER

Genre fiction sells, particularly romance, whether the stories are contemporary, historical, paranormal, or futuristic, inspirational, sweet, or erotic. But breaking into the romance market is not as easy as you may think. This viewpoint slam shares publishing advice and writing tips from 15 successful romance authors.… 
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COLUMNS

  6. 20 QUESTIONS:  CANDACE HAVENS, PARANORMAL ROMANCE

Catching up with author Candace Havens is like chasing a windstorm around vanishing corners. She never seems to stop moving. From a full-time job as an entertainment writer, broadcasting radio film reviews, running online writing classes, writing and promoting her books, and speaking at writer’s conferences, she’s everywhere at once. Join Christie Smith as she chats with Candace Havens and discover the magic behind paranormal romance writing… MORE >>

     
  7. FREELANCER’S CORNER: LOVE LETTERS: WHEN YOU CARE ENOUGH TO PEN THE BEST

Handwritten letters provide tangible evidence of one’s love and adoration. A romantic note offers a glimpse into the emotional side of a relationship, indicates thankfulness, and sometimes, suggests arousing love. Perhaps nothing kindles the flames of love more than a scribbled note professing fondness or lust. WOW! columnist LuAnn Schindler takes author Samara O’Shea’s advice to the letter, and shares some building blocks to help you get started penning your own… 
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  8. HOW TO SELL YOUR MOST PERSONAL STORIES

You don't know my name, but chances are you've read stories like mine. Maybe you found them hidden under your mother's mattress or in your grandmother's sewing basket because they didn't want anyone to know they read those magazines. “Susanne Rose” confesses her secrets for writing for the “Trues” and shows you how to crack the market… MORE >>

     
  9. MEMOIRIST TRISH RYAN WRITES ABOUT HER QUEST FOR GOD AND THE PERFECT GUY

Does happily-ever-after exist? Susan Johnston chats with Trish Ryan, author of He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, about memoir writing, staying motivated, and deciding how much to disclose from your personal life in this inspirational interview… MORE >>

     
  10. MARKETS:  GET THE GREEN WITH PREMIUM GREEN

Markets, markets, markets. Find out more about WOW!’s brand of writer’s markets and how joining the club can help you jumpstart your freelance writing career… MORE >>

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Issue 28 - What's Romance Got To Do With It? - Deanna Raybourn, Debbie Macomber, Allison Brennan
Recipe for a Romantic suspense Best-Seller - Allison Brennan
Debbie Macomber is Passionate about her Characters and Stories
A Step Back in Time with Deanna Raybourn
20 Questions - Candace Havens, Paranormal Romance
Memoirist Trish Ryan Writes about her Quest for God and the Perfect Guy
Viewpoint Slam - The Secret Life of a Christian Writer - Dana Mentink
Love Letter Writing - LuAnn Schindler
Viewpoint Slam - 13 Authors Share their Views - Romancing the Genres
How to Sell Your Most Personal Stories - Susanne Rose
Fall 2008 Contest Winners!
 
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