Lessons from my Students: PRO-crastinating!

The day that my students turn in their first paper of the semester I usually bring them some kind of treats and plan to watch a movie that class period. This is not just because I’m a fun teacher (that’s indisputable) but it’s because I realize a few things about how college students work. So when they roll into class bleary-eyed and clutching the biggest cups of coffee I have ever seen, I laugh and ask them a question: “How many of you wrote this essay within the last twelve hours?”

They laugh nervously, wondering if I seriously want to know the answer. But when I smile and say, “Come on,” then the hands go up. Occasionally, there is a student or two who has planned ahead and written the paper over the weekend. But mostly, my students look at me sheepishly as they admit that they’ve done the work the night before the due date. Continue reading

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Sex, Love & Stilettos with Lauren Layne

headshot-circle-smallThis summer I had the opportunity to read Lauren Layne’s debut novel AFTER THE KISS. I was hooked. I was left wanting more! The wait is almost over!  Today we welcome Lauren Layne to the Tearoom to celebrate the release of her latest romance LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH. Welcome Lauren!

Tell us about yourself:

Well, right now I’d have to describe myself as a recovering city girl. Up until recently, I lived in New York City, in one of those tiny apartments that non-Manhattan people think of as a closet. Currently, I’m living in the Pacific Northwest (about an hour south of Seattle) with my husband and bratty dog. And while I do sort of miss NYC’s infectious energy, the change of pace has been refreshing!

So, you wrote a book… Continue reading

Cowboys & Knights: An Interview with Author Rue Allyn

Today we have author Rue Allyn visiting us in the Tearoom. I’m so excited to finally be interviewing a fellow writer from the Heart of Detroit, my home chapter of the Romance Writers of America!

Welcome, Rue!

TrueAndPerfectKnight-A300Jennelle and all of the Teatime Romance ladies, thank you very much for offering me the opportunity to share with your readers. I’m thrilled to be here and look forward to all of your comments.

Have you always been based in Michigan?

Well yes and no. I was born in Michigan and it’s been my state of residence for all but 13 years of my life (10 years in Delaware when I was a child and 3 in Florida as an adult). However, I also spent ten years in the US Navy, traveling the world while remaining a resident of Michigan.

You have two books that just came out, within days of each other: A True and Perfect Knight and One Day’s Loving. How do you cope with such tight release schedules? Do you sleep? Continue reading

It’s Okay to Know Nothing

The  only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
-Socrates

My name is Erica, and I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing.

Question 3So if I say this to you, your first reaction might be to look concerned and go “Awh, honey, that’s not true. You totally got this.” Perhaps in time, that would be true. As I age and gain experience in this crazy world of publishing, maybe I’ll start to feel like I understand a little bit more.
Maybe each attempt at starting a new book won’t feel like I’ve forgotten every single thing I ever learned about writing and I’m again sitting in my Fiction I class during my freshman year of college, being told that I need to “write what I know.” (To read my thoughts on that, check out here). I’d like to think I’ll suddenly receive some sort of grail-like knowledge about writing that will convince me I’m not a hack, but I’m pretty sure that won’t happen. Continue reading

The Whys and What Ifs of Adaptations

It’s no secret that I love fairy tales, both in their “original” form and adaptations. Whether it’s a modern adaptation that takes place in a big city like Los Angeles, or a more traditional retelling, I love reading – and writing – them all.  One of the main reasons is that it’s both fun and challenging to really delve into a story and ask two super important and magical questions: Why? and What if?

Why?

The great thing about so many of the earliest versions of these tales is that there is hardly ever a character motivation stated for anything.  Every now and again a villain hates a heroine because of their great beauty, but usually the reader is just left wondering why in the heck someone did what they did.  That is, if the reader takes the time to wonder…we accept most of these stories at face value because we’ve heard them so often. Continue reading