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Bob Mayer Workshop hosted by Heart of Carolina Romance Writers of America Chapter Raleigh, NC

I had a great experience this weekend of attending a workshop hosted by the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Chapter in Raleigh, NC named Heart of Carolina Romance Writers. RWA and its affiliate chapters around the country offer the most excellent professional association for writers out there. Including extensive professional development opportunities to learn the craft and magic of writing.

I attend these things to learn, to be reminded of what I’ve learned and to network with new friends. I was thrilled to meet three of my fellow Rebel Ink Press Authors: Donna Steele, and Nancy LaPonzina and some other aspiring and successful authors in the group. (waves frantically Hi-ya guys)

The workshop organized by the group was by Bob Mayer. He is a West Point Graduate, former Green Beret and Best Selling New York Times Author. Owner of Cool Gus Publishing. Author of … I don’t know…. six frickin’ pages on Amazon of NYT best sellers.

It was a treat to say the least. I had been trying to get a chance to attend a workshop and meet Bob Mayer as my writing friends had been raving over his presentations for well, longer than I care to admit, as the years roll by. My old home group First Coast Romance Writers (FCRW) finally hosted his workshop last year but timing was off for me and I couldn’t attend from Chattanooga, TN.

Anyway if you have the opportunity, don’t wait. Go Go Go. Don’t make me drag you.

The morning was a much needed review of his principles in The Novel Writer’s Took Kit, From Idea to Best Seller.

Number one topic was Goal Motivation and Conflict. A similar song to Debra Dixon’s G,M,C. Okay sometimes a door is just a door. But I need to chant the Goal, Motivation, Conflict mantra in my sleep. Don’t laugh, you do too, I’m sure.

Then we spent time talking about what we can learn from screen plays, TV and Movies that will help us grasp the big picture view of the stories we write and take them to the next level. I was reminded of Alexandra Sokoloff’s Screen Writing Tricks for Authors. Yeah I ran into that door again, Screen Writing Tricks with Alexandra…another workshop hosted by FCRW. And another great reminder of constructing a story your readers won’t be able to put down. I’d been deconstructing several shows and movies lately for the same reason. To emulate great story showing.

An afternoon of marketing discussion reconfirmed what we all know… What the hell do we know? Just write another good story. That’s the best way to market your other stories. And perhaps doing so will help you stand on a figurative hill and hope to be struck by lightening.

Speaking of which. I’m off to write #AMWRITING

Check out my books on the book tab of this website or any of the cover hot links in the side bar. Happy Reading.

Rebel Elite HolidayBlog Hop Welcomes Nancy LaPonzina

Nardi_Point_CoverNardi Point by Nancy LaPonzina

  1. Who is your favorite character in this book and why?

Though Laurinda Elliot is the main heroine, I love Leyla Jo Piper her best friend … and so do so many readers! Leyla Jo is that great combination of heart friend, intuition, clinical expertise as a nurse practitioner practicing alternative health modalities. She’s African-American and when she finds prehistoric Native American artifacts on a home building site in the Nardi Point subdivision, her full heritage is revealed. In fact, because of her popularity, her story is expanded in the forthcoming sequel, Paths through the Garden!

2What inspires you for your stories?

Archaeology, metaphysical issues, alternative health remedies, nature, relationships, dreams, astrology. The title Nardi Point was presented to me in a dream. When I played with the arrangement of letters, I got Indian Port … and that’s exactly what Nardi Point is all about. So mysterious the way the muse works! I always hope to listen carefully.

3. Tell us something no one else knows about you.

I’m very sensitive to audio impressions. The sound of wind chimes wafting in the breeze can put me into an altered state.

4. What genre classification would you put on your book and what would you consider the heat level of the romance?

My stories are contemporary women’s fiction, with a sweet or low heat level. In fact, Nardi Point was awarded the Chanticleer Books & Media, First Place 2012 Published Novel for Contemporary Women’s Fiction!

5. When did you start writing and what kicked off your passion to be an author?

In grammar school I was writing short mystery stories and illustrating them. Nancy Drew was my biggest inspiration. Also, I have an addiction to paper, notebooks, and journaling.

Rebel Elite Holiday Hop


DECEMBER 8TH THROUGH THE 15TH, 2012 I will be hosting interviews and promotion for my fellow Rebel Elite Authors as they make rounds on our Holiday Blog Hop

My Guests will be:

Dec 8th D.H. Black – “Grit Versus Dust…Find Your Retribution” M/M edgy and erotic

Dec 9th Michel Prince – Young Adult, Paranormal and Contemporary

Dec 10th Winfield H. Strock III – Steam Punk/Sci Fi

Dec 11th Donna Steele – Sci Fi/ Paranormal and Women’s Lit.

Dec 12th Lila Munro – Erotic romance/ Military and thriller suspense plots

Dec 13th Nancy LaPonzina –

Come on by each day to chat with authors. Click on the icon during the hope dates 12/8 thru 12/15 for your chance to win.