Let’s Party!

This year will be the second annual Contemporary Romance Writers Stiletto Party! If you’re going to Denver for RWA Nationals, we hope you’ll join CRW at the Stiletto Party! What is the Stiletto Party? The Stiletto Party is a celebration of contemporary romance and our chapter, Contemporary Romance Writers. It’s a chance to meet some of your fellow chapter members in person and get to know the board. For an online chapter like CRW, getting together in real life is always a fun time. The Stiletto Party is also where the winners of the Stiletto Contest will be announced....

2018 Stiletto Contest Published Finalists!

The Contemporary Romance Writers chapter of the RWA is pleased to announce and congratulate the finalists in the 2018 Stiletto Contest’s Published categories. Listed in alphabetical order, they are: PUBLISHED SUSPENSE NOVEL Mariah Ankenman, Love on the Forbidden Side Janie Crouch, Survival Instinct Peggy Jaeger, A Shot at Love Jordyn Redwood, Taken Hostage Kathleen Tailer, Quest for Justice PUBLISHED SHORT/NOVELLA Maria K. Alexander, Believe in My Heart Marie Johnston, Unmistaken Identity Claire Marti, Second Chance in Laguna Jennie Marts, Catching the Cowgirl Mellanie Szereto, Egging Her On PUBLISHED MID-LENGTH NOVEL Janie Crouch, Protector’s Instinct Teri Anne Stanley, A Taste...

How my Interior Design Degree Prepared me to be a Writer

~ By Christine Meram “Did you major in Creative Writing?” That was a question, at a family event, that had me recollect my writing journey. How I got into writing, starting from an unfamiliar place, yet with very familiar settings. I never sought a writing career, in fact, at times, I think it chose me, through my love of storytelling. I was in my mid-twenties, finding a way to creatively express myself, outside of the rigorous and grueling Interior Design program, I had found myself. I would spend hours, compiling research about different places, creating intricate backstories for my pretend...

My Story as a Playlist

~ By Melina Kantor When I tell people that I always, always, always create a soundtrack for my WIP, the response is often, “Oh. Well I can’t write to music.” You know what? I honestly can’t either. I get too distracted and too lost, especially by songs I feel connected to. Music can turn my brain into a sort of popcorn popper, causing all kinds of disorganized ideas to zing around my head. Which, actually is the point. Building and listening to a story soundtrack (a trick I learned from Lani Diane Rich) helps me discover my stories and create...

2018 Stiletto Contest Unpublished Finalists!

Please join Contemporary Romance Writers in congratulating the 2018 Stiletto Contest unpublished finalists! Contemporary – Long Final round judged by: Deb Werksman (Editor – Sourcebooks) and Nicole Payne (Agent – Golden Wheat Literary) Kilby Blades – Crocodile Tears Alyssa Henderson – Scottish Embrace Ellie Malouff – Be What Love Is Katherine Olson – North Star Lisa Wells – CEO For Hire Contemporary – Mid Final round judged by: Stephanie Doig (Editor – Carina Press) and Sara Megibow (Agent – KT Literary) Tanya Agler – Stealing Her Heart Kilby Blades – The Secret Ingredient Makenna Lee – Focused on a...

The Name Game — A Friday Writing Prompt

~ By Jeff Salter Happy Friday! Jeff is back with another writing prompt to get you warmed up for a weekend full of writing. We hope you have fun with this. Thank you, Jeff! — Through a social media promotional campaign, 31 people discover they have the same name —first, last, and middle initial. Several of them hook-up with each other – on a lark – so they can exchange information on who named them, who they were named for, where they are from, when they were born, etc. It’s cool and fun to see how they are so different,...

Emergency Medical Service Characters in Fiction

~ Chelle Cordero Having spent almost 30-years in Emergency Medical Services myself (certified EMT, volunteer) and having all of my immediate family involved as well in both volunteer and paid EMS roles, I’ve learned what a unique and interesting life the career creates. I used the “job” for a few of my main characters: Julie (paramedic, Final Sin), Matt (paramedic and flight medic, Final Sin and Hyphema), and an un-named paramedic (The Dead Guy in the Park, a short story in Touch of Love). Other books describe EMS responses in various scenes. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and Paramedics respond to...

My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

(Or how I eventually got an agent) ~ By Laura Trentham  I’m casting back a couple of years to tell you about my worst writing week ever. What’s the old adage? Bad things come in threes (or more!) Alexander had lots of bad things happen to him over a long, miserable day. My bad stuff was spread over a week. Your bad stuff may happen over a month or a season, but it never fails to come in a clump, in my experience. Let me set things up by saying the months leading up to my terrible, horrible, no good,...

And then came Annie’s Karma

~ Chelle Cordero Writing a sequel wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve done. I had written series books before: Bartlett’s Rule & Courage of the Heart (Survivor Series); His Lucky Charm & Within the Law (Cousins Series); Final Sin & Hyphema (EMS Series) — but this was the first time I wrote an actual sequel. What’s the difference? In two of my series I did have recurring characters, but it was always another couple who was the main focus of the book. I created Annie and Dave in Karma Visited and the story could have ended there, but it didn’t. You...

Do you dream of getting a request from both an agent and an editor?

That’s exactly what Leanne got! Hi! My name is Leanne Farella. I’ve been seriously writing for ten years. The reason I started? I’m a reader and when reading it never ceases to amaze me when an author writes a story I can’t put down. I think the proper word for it is “Reader Addiction.” I love it. And ten years ago I decided that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to write a book that someone would stay up all night to finish. Nothing is as easy as you think it will be! I have 2 busy kids...

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