I’m really excited to have been invited back to The Pink Heart Society and thought I’d talk about how I try and keep my creativity flowing.
Writing romance is my passion, something I love doing. During the eight years I was writing in hope of one day being published, one thing I realised was that time away from my desk and the story I was writing was important. It gave me the thinking space that is required.
Creativity is a well of enormous depth, but it does need refilling or topping up. Time out, be it an hour for a walk or a week’s holiday, is so important. Some of my favourite things to do are either a walk along the country lanes or a few hours at one of the beaches nearby.
I soon realised that with deadlines I can’t always sneak off for an hour or so at the beach as I have to write and that there is nothing better than a weekend away with other writers. It’s another enjoyable way of taking timeout and getting away from my desk and the constant demands of life on a farm yet still work on my latest book. At the cottage we combine time to write with time to walk and enjoy the countryside, talk about our writing, books we’ve read or even watch a movie.
There’s nothing better than talking through your story with someone who understands and that someone is of course, another writer. Time spent brainstorming ideas and characters and discussing conflicts and motivations is for me, essential to my writing. It’s what prevents me becoming so fixed on one idea I can’t see past it to other, more exciting ideas. It’s a way of testing my characters, their problems and how they deal with them.
Craving Her Enemy’s Touch, my latest Harlequin Presents release, is a story that was born at one such weekend and the dedication in it is to the two writers, Ruth and Sarah Jane, who shared that weekend with me. I arrived at the beginning of that particular weekend with the idea of the story and a first chapter.
After the brainstorming session I went home knowing exactly where the story should go and full of enthusiasm to keep writing until I got to the HEA ending.
The cottage, a place I’ve been to several times, is set in the heart of Wales with lovely walks through woodland or somewhat tougher walks to higher ground, where you are rewarded with amazing views, even if you are out of breath! Both are perfect walks to clear the mind after a morning of writing or to ponder problems you’ve run into.
What is your favourite way of taking time out? I’d love to know and maybe even add it to my list of things to do.
I have a signed hardback UK edition of Craving Her Enemy’s Touch to give away. Just leave your comment to be in with a chance.
The only man she hates…
Captivating king of the racing circuit, Sandro Roselli might send Charlotte Warrington's pulse into overdrive, but he's also hiding something about her brother's death. Sandro has offered her a job, but Charlotte will make sure she's in the driver's seat to uncover his secret.
Is the only man she can't resist!
Yet life in the fast lane with Sandro is dangerous. As Charlotte's craving for his touch intensifies, she begins to lose herself in his intoxicating world. The irresistible Italian is driving her senses crazy, but can their heady affair survive the dark truth he hides?