Interview With Jamie Beck

We are thrilled to announce CRW Weekend Writing Retreat! Join us at Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY October 12-14, 2018, for a weekend of writing, plotting, and brainstorming! Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned writer, you’ll get hours of uninterrupted, peaceful writing time to work through an idea or complete that unfinished manuscript. Find out more and sign up here! Meanwhile, read on for an interview with national bestselling author Jamie Beck, who will be giving two workshops on Sunday, the last day of the retreat: Contemporary Romance Writers: Welcome, Jamie! Thank you so much for joining us today! Why is having...

Meet Our President, Casey Clipper!

A huge congratulations and thanks to our new board! 🙂 Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing each new board member. First up, come meet our new president, Casey Clipper. Welcome, Casey! Q. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What drew you to writing? A. I can’t say for sure what drew me to writing. I’ve always been a reader. My mother helped encourage that love for reading and as a teen, even though I came from a family with 4 girls, without much money, my mom would make sure I had a book to read....

Interview With Book Blogger Lia Covington

~ Lia Covington It’s such an honor to have such a fun, book-loving guest on the blog today! Not so long ago, I heard this guest speak on the Smart Podcast, Trashy Books podcast and I knew she had to come hang out with us. So, without further ado, here’s Lia Covington from Lia’s Booking Obsession. Enjoy. ~ Melina (aka Melissa) Welcome, Lia! Contemporary Romance: It is a truth universally acknowledged that your lovely husband enables your reading obsession. Care to elaborate? Lia Covington: Gladly! Larry Jerome Covington III is the most unbelievably stubborn man I have ever meet...

Interview / Q&A With Kensington Editor Peter Senftleben

The Contemporary Romance Writers Chapter is thrilled to have Peter Senftleben, Associate Editor at Kensington Books, here today to share his expertise on contemporary romance! Please pull up a chair and get a pen and paper, because you’re going to want to take notes on the awesome and useful advice Peter has laid out here for writers at all levels. Afterward, stick around for Q&A with Peter. Post your questions as a comment and he’ll be available to answer.    ABOUT PETER Peter Senftleben is an associate editor at Kensington Books, where he is managing his own varied and distinguished list. ...

Interview With Beverly Jenkins

~ Interview by Melina Kantor It’s our pleasure and honor to welcome Beverly Jenkins to the blog! A few months ago, I heard Ms. Jenkins’s interview with Sarah Wendell on the DBSA Podcast and I knew we had to have her here.  Welcome, Ms. Jenkins!  Q: How do you handle moving back and forth between so many different genres? In your inspirational novels, how do you create sexual tension between characters who have limited physical contact? A:  Moving back and forth between genres is fun.  I just have to keep in mind the different voice, dialog rhythms and vocabulary. Moving between...

Interview with Kieran Kramer

~ Interview by Melina Kantor It’s our pleasure to welcome USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer to the blog! She’s here to tell us about her experiences as a gameshow contestant, her writing process, and lots more! She also has some wonderful advice to share.   (Be sure to leave a comment! There’s a giveaway!) Welcome Kieran, and thank you so much for joining us!  Q: First thing’s first. You have been on Family Feud AND Wheel of Fortune? And succeeded at both? My goodness. Mind giving us a few details? What sparked your game show interest?  Got any tips for potential...

Interview With Heidi Cullinan

~ Interview by Melina Kantor It’s our pleasure to welcome author Heidi Cullinan to the blog! She’s here to tell us about her life as an author and to share some wonderful advice.   Welcome Heidi, and thank you so much for joining us!  Q: You’ve been writing forever! Are there any similarities between your first novel, The Life and Times of Michelle Matthews, that you wrote when you were 12 (wow!), and the novels you write now? A: I’ve never written a story that didn’t at least have romantic elements. Happily my writing skills have improved a bit in thirty...

Interview With Kay Thomas

~ Interview by Melina Kantor It’s our pleasure to welcome award-winning author Kay Thomas to the blog! She’s here to tell us about her life as an author and to share some wonderful advice.   Welcome Kay, and thank you so much for joining us!  Q: You say you didn’t grow up “burning to be a writer.” What changed? A: I took the long road to getting published. I didn’t start writing until after I was married with a three year old and going a little stir crazy at home. I took a fun-ed writing course, but didn’t finish any projects...

Q&A and Pitch Contest With Editor Rhonda Penders

The Contemporary Romance Writers Chapter is thrilled to have Rhonda Penders, President and Editor -in-Chief  of The Wild Rose Press, here today to share her expertise on contemporary romance and consider YOUR pitches as part of our series of pitch contests! Instructions on the pitch contest are down below, but first please pull up a chair and get a pen and paper, because you’re going to want to take notes on the awesome and useful advice Rhonda has laid out here for writers at all levels. INTERVIEW ~ Interview by Abigail Owen CR: Can you share what lines, imprints, or...

Interview With Miriam Drori

~ Interview by Melina Kantor Q: Welcome, Miriam! Please tell us a bit about your debut novel, Neither Here Nor There.  A: Mark recently immigrated to Israel from England. He works in software and is still trying to acclimatise to his new surroundings. Esty belongs to the ultra-orthodox community. Normally the two wouldn’t meet – certainly not for more than a passing comment. But Esty has decided to escape from the community in which she grew up, making this unlikely romance possible. The novel follows their growing relationship, while showing Esty’s struggle to become a part of her chosen...

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