Romances with Other Stuff

I decided that I started writing romances when I realized that the paranormal-type stories that I was writing tended to lean more toward being a romance, with all the other stuff in the background. And that’s all it ever was to me—stuff. Werewolves, vampires, faeries, princes, princesses, it’s all just background stuff. Let me get this straight: there’s nothing wrong with books that aren’t purely romances. I’ve been working on reading North and South by John Jakes for the last few months (it’s taken me a few months because I’d get distracted by other novels) and also The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, both of which have romance in them, but it’s not the main focal point. It’s just as a writer and a reader of romances, I live for those moments when the girl and guy interact, their first date, their first kiss, etc. That stuff is what drives my love for reading. There’s this great blog called Nose Stuck in a Book (totally check it out) and if you follow them on Facebook, they put out a list of Free digital romances, ranging from contemporary to paranormal to sports, you get the picture. I was the perusing the […]

On Giving Up

I haven’t written a post in a while about my journey to publication. I’d like to say that my life got crazy—and it totally did—but I think that the main reason for my absence is that I’ve had a bit of a reality check. You see, I had this grand idea that I would send out my novel and within a few weeks there would magical happy dances and excited clapping. That was the dream, anyway. But then I realized that my novel was long. As in 130,000 words long, with the “average” word count for a novel being around 70,000. That means that what I wrote was almost double the word count. Double! It could’ve been split into two novels. For someone who HATES cliffhangers (most of the time), I knew that I had two options: cut it down or start anew. I chose the second option. In the month of December, I started a new novel. By the end of the month I had about 70,000 words and I finally finished at about 90,000. That was super manageable—I was able to cut down and even though I’m still in the process of editing, I think that that smaller […]

Romance Recommendations: Read Them Now…Or Regret it Forever!

There’s a very basic piece of advice for any writer and that’s to read what you want to write. In other words, read your genre. Study it. Know its trends, know what sells, but mostly let supposed to inspire you to write something original, something that you’re passionate about. The other day I had this epiphany: I’m writing stories that I want to read. I know, what a concept right? But isn’t that what all writers are doing doing…writing about the world in a way that interests us? Well, for me, my genre happens to be romance. There’s nothing I love more than a book about love. The true, never-ending, swoon worthy type of love that leaves you believing that love and soulmates might actually exist—that one of my book boyfriends might be real and is somewhere out there waiting for me. Okay, so maybe that’s a pipe dream or might be considered “far-fetched” but you never know, because the thing about fiction is that it in some way reflects real life. Anyways, in particular I want to write for the new-adult age range. If you’ve never heard of “new adult,” don’t fret. A lot of people haven’t because it’s […]

Enter the World of Liz-Osyncrasies

Over the summer when I was re-reading through Falling Forwards, I noticed something that I hadn’t really paid attention to before: I’m plagiarizing Taylor Swift. No. Kidding. Okay, so maybe a little kidding. I would never, EVER plagiarize, especially not T-Swift. But as I was reading through, I could tell what Taylor Swift song I was listening at the time, because there were a few indicators: (1) the tone of my writing was somewhere on the spectrum of super depressed (Back to December), to super cutesy (Stay Stay Stay or Today Was A Fairytale), to reminiscent (All Too Well), (2) sometimes the lyrics matched up to my writing (for example, I noticed a lot of references to breathing, which came from Breathe), and finally (3) I equate certain songs to my characters stories completely now, for example, I cannot hear Wildest Dreams now without thinking about Beau and Jessa in Falling Backwards. Which brings me to The Avett Brothers (yes, I am obsessed with them, I know). I did a little bit of a re-read through Falling Backwards so far and saw a lot of their I and Love and You album correlated with my writing, like I kept noticing […]