Family

~ By Samanthya Wyatt Our stories cover a wide range of time periods, but the one thing profoundly rooted in each is family—whether it is a large family or no family members at all. The heart of our stories come from deep emotion concerning family ties. This can be the loss of a family member, a substance abusive mother or father, even caring for a sibling. Some sort of tragedy or desertion of a family member shapes the characters in our books. A family is defined as a social unit consisting of parents and the children they raise. On parent,...

January PANorama – Goal, Motivation & Conflict

Dear Readers, It’s the last Sunday of the month, which means that it’s time for one of our chapter PAN members (PAN stands for Published Authors Network, a professional designation within RWA open to members who reach a certain level of sales) to visit the blog to share some of their wisdom and expertise. This month, Samanthya Wyatt is here to inspire us with some thoughts on goal, motivation and conflict, otherwise known as GMC. Take it away, Samanthya! Goal, Motivation & Conflict ~ By Samanthya Wyatt I must admit, when I started writing I had no idea what GMC meant....

Writing Books in a Series

~ By Samanthya Wyatt Before ‘series’ became popular, I remember reading a few romance books that mentioned a familiar character, or was related to a character in another book. Catherine Coulter and Janelle Taylor were two of my favorite authors who wrote books where the heroes were friends, or brothers—some sort of relation mentioned in their next book. Whether or not they were books of a series, I loved the idea of a connection. I remember how delighted I was when a person was introduced, “Oh yeah, I remember him” or “Cool this is his brother”, etc. Since I...

Member Spotlight – Samanthya Wyatt

Today we continue to get to know our chapter members. Please welcome Samanthya Wyatt!  Thanks for stopping by, Samanthya.  Creating characters and bringing two people together in a romantic tale gives me great pleasure. The more I write, the more I become involved with my characters, and they seem to take a life of their own. All my characters are fictitious. Although, I have taken real life experiences to achieve the emotion for my heroes and heroines. I enjoy penning a story with strong characters, a bit of humor, and active scenes. Sometimes, I have so many ideas I...

Be The Best Author You Can Be

~ By Samanthya Wyatt I’ve seen several authors offer tips on Goal-Motivation-Conflict, Editing, Research, Interviewing Characters, and their journey to being published. Authors sharing information is one of the greatest gifts I’ve received. So today I’d like to share a few things I hope would be beneficial to any author who wants to be the best they can be. First of all, if you are not already a member of RWA, join! So much information is available. With the support of RWA behind you, you have a great chance of accomplishing your dream. RWA opens many doors for an...

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