2016 Lessons Learned

It’s been a minute since my last blog post. I can’t believe I didn’t even blog about my experience at HallowRead in Havre de Grace! That was one spectacular weekend. I did post pictures of the town on my Facebook page. Maybe I’ll do another blog post for the places I visited this year, as…

Author Shame

You’re a published author and you’re at a writer’s conference, mingling with your peers when someone asks the question, “So what do you write?” You say erotic romance, and receive a look that makes you feel like you’ve just admitted to a pastime of killing babies. Among certain groups, admitting to writing horror isn’t much…

Breakups!

Breakups. Wrote a song about it. Like to hear it, here it go: Breaking up is never an easy thing to do. It’s miserable, painful, and heartbreaking. When you meet someone and fall in love the last thing you envision is that one day you’ll choose not to have that person in your life, or…

New England Crime Bake

 So I’ve done it! I’ve registered for the New England Crime Bake in November! This will be the first mega conference I’ve been to since the 2007 RT. That was a great experience because I not only went, but I got to be on 2 panels. Since restarting my writing career as Heather Elizabeth King…

Love!

I finished writing a love scene about an hour ago. Love, as in, falling in Love. Making people fall in love on the printed page is always a challenge for me. There’s so much that has to go into each scene to make the love believable. Throwing male & female together in a bunch of…

The Importance of Schedule

One thing a writer learns immediately upon publication is the importance of keeping a consistent writing schedule. Even before publication it’s important to keep a consistent writing schedule. Still, there’s nothing quite as inspiring as an editor reminding you that you only have X amount of weeks left to finish your 80,000 word manuscript! Why am…

Back in the Saddle…AGAIN!

Back in the saddle, as in, I have a book release!!! I’ve sold my urban fantasy to Ellora’s Cave, the publishing company I released my erotic romance novella, Again, with. A few years ago, EC only published books with erotic content. This is the main reason why I didn’t consider placing Skinwalker (now titled, Tainted Love) with them. Skinwalker was…

The Magical & The Practical: Love

I had a snow day from work today and so have been working on my book all day, save a few breaks to eat and one break to watch a movie. Although this book isn’t a romance (it’s an urban fantasy) there is a sub-plot where my heroine and hero begin to fall in love. I say…

Baby Likes Jazz

Most people who know me know that I moved from the Baltimore/DC area at the end of 2006 to a small town (compared to where I was from in Maryland) in Virginia. I went to high school in this small town and still knew some people. More importantly, one of my best friends lived there,…

The Writing Life (and insight for new authors)

So, I’m into my second day of vacation and loving it! Though, it’s odd. I don’t feel any great relief being away from my day job. I actually like the people I work with and enjoy my job. But it is nice to not HAVE to be anywhere. My vacation time isn’t  a complete vacation, however. I’ll…

“I like you, just as you are” – Mark Darcy

When, in a relationship, does the time come to kick back, chillax and not worry about appearance? There are many differing opinions on this and I’m curious to hear what other people think. For me, I don’t think there’s ever a time to chillax and not worry about appearance. Actually, I don’t think worry is…