During the month of September the Betties were lucky enough to have AJ Macpherson, Fantasy Romance Author. AJ spent time chatting to us about writing, whether we are a plotter or pantser, you still need to make sure your manuscript has conflict, action and tension. It also has to make sense. Rachel came up with a great answer to one of my questions also and that was that I maybe putting sex scenes in because my conflict is low. Interesting point, which is one reason I have decided to try plotting my novel for Novembers NaNoWriMo. I have not had a lot of success with plotting in the past, but I’m going to give it another go. We also chatted about editing, characterisations that stand up, and so much more. Then to top it all off we had AJ join the Betties group for more Q&As.
This past Wednesday night we had recently published Ellora’s Cave author Mel Teshco join us in our newly furnished RWAus Betties chat room. Mel writes erotic romance, just up my alley. Mel’s novel is call ‘Stone Cold Lover’, this is defiantly one I’m going to buy. Mel covered a wide range of topics with us, from publishers to heat levels in romance stories. Jenn took the plunge and posted an extract from one of her WIP and everyone thought she’d done a great job of the love scene she wrote. I’m saying love scene because that was what is was, Jenn already knows I’m a fan of her writing. I can’t wait to see her get published. Anyway back to Mel, you know when you’re having too much fun, because the time flies by, that was what it was like on Wednesday night. I may have to sweet talk Dana into letting Mel join the Betties for a few weeks.
We have been very lucky in the Betties camp, not only do we have fearless leaders Rachel Bailey (who by the way has her first novel out in January) and Dana Scully, we still have the wonderful Elizabeth Rolls there offering advice and we get to chat with these other great authors. *Sigh* I’m happy.