Alyson Chase lives in Colorado. A former attorney, she happily ditched those suits and now works in her pajamas writing about men’s briefs instead of legal briefs. When she’s not writing, she’s probably engaged in one of her favorite hobbies: napping, eating, or martial arts. (That last one almost makes up for the first two, right?) She also writes humorous, small-town, contemporary romance novels under the name Allyson Charles and paranormal romance as A. Caprice.
November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for those in the know. It's a challenge where you attempt to write an at least 50K novel in thirty days. Normally, as a full-time writer, that isn't a huge challenge. I should be able to knock out 50K, no problem. But...I've been in a bit of a slump, ever since my month long road-trip in September. Now getting 2,000 words down in a day is a grind. So, I'm participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time in hopes it will get
I'm waiting for the (third!) snow of this October, and there isn't much better to do on a cold and snowy Sunday but to bake and read. And eat what you've baked while you read. :) My pumpkin bread is baking in the oven as I type, and I'm finally excited to get back to reading (currently a Ruth Cardello romance). I had a weird month where I read almost nothing. I don't usually have reading doldrums, bu this past month has been one. But now that I'm back to my books, I'm happy
What makes something funny? I’ve been trying to analyze humor, but humor to me is like obscenity to the Supreme Court – I can’t really define it, but I know it when I see it. I’ve been reading through the backlist of one of my favorite romance writers, Jennifer Crusie. If you haven’t read any of her writing before, do yourself a favor and go out and buy (or borrow) yourself one of her books. She can be laugh out loud funny. I like how her romances always feel a little more re
Has it ever happened where you’re happily reading a good book, and BAM! Suddenly you’re not safe anymore. A dreaded political statement has been inserted into the prose, taking you out of a perfectly good piece of fiction. Most fiction, but particularly romance novels, serve as a fantasy. We want to be that woman who gets swept off her feet by that perfect alpha male (or beta, I’m not judging). By inserting politics, you’ve added a cold splash of reality into the fantasy – ev
I know this question gets knocked around a lot, but I’m in the midst of reading a book where I just can’t believe the male lead is the hero. Unless there is a lobotomy in his near future, I don’t see how he will ever be likeable. Is it really that fine a line between a strong man and a raging a-hole, which the author just happened to trip over? Or are there women out there who actually like the idea of being blackmailed by a condescending git into an unwanted marriage? Maybe
I’m at the point in my manuscript where if I were a surgeon, I imagine I’d be elbows deep in someone’s chest cavity, blood streaking my gloved hands. Too graphic an image for you? Well, sometimes I feel like being a writer, even a romance writer, can get a little gory. I’m working on the third book in my Pineville series, and have become good friends with my protagonists, David and Connie (You’ll be introduced to them in book two, The Christmas Tree). The premise has been set
Blogging. It is a venture I never thought I'd try my hand at. Something about it seems so self-indulgent. All I can think is, 'Who the heck wants to read what I think?' But as a new author, I constantly read and am told blogging is necessary to connect with your readers. My first novel, Putting Out Old Flames, doesn't release for a month, so I have no readers as yet. But I'm hopeful. Fingers-crossed, I'll reach a couple people who enjoy my stories. So maybe they'll enjoy this