1. Jot down the major areas that you
will need to know something about. (ie: For Camelot’s Destiny: Roman-style warfare;
swordplay/fencing; archery; 6th century clothing; 6th century food; medicinal
herbs available in England; Druid folklore)
Buy 3x5 index cards, a file folder box, and a binder
Google topics on Internet.
(Here’s a trick: do NOT stop to read the article
once you've brought it up. Learn to scan the first paragraph or two and, if it
looks like it has information you need, print it out.)
Arrange your print-outs by topic so you’ll have all the information about one
a marker, highlight sentences that are important on each source.
Take an index card and jot down the MOST important information from each source.
Use a different index card for each printout and on the top left, cite the source.
On the top right, jot down what area of research the card contains. (ie: “Clothing”
7. Go to
the library, B&N, etc. and find BOOKS about what you are researching. Books
tend to have more reliable information in them and you want to make sure what
you've taken from the Internet is correct. Skim through these for more information,
using the method above.
Organize your information alphabetically by topic in the file-folder box. Do the
same for all those printouts and put them in a binder. The index cards will be
your quick source of reference when you're writing. If the Muse is being helpful
and your fingers are flying, you don't want to lose momentum by having to stop
and look for information. On the other hand, if and when you need more information,
it is already there in the binder for you.
Be aware of other references as well. Newspapers, magazine articles, TV/movies
can all lend snippets that you can jot down on a card and add to your files.
Don't rely on your memory for details. Even if you think you'll remember every
step a CSI takes, you won't. And, most authors tend to stick with the same genre
when writing that second or tenth book and the information will always be at hand.
October 26-28, 2007
City Writers’ Conference
Ann Krentz AKA Amanda Quick
South Carolina Writers Workshop Conference
Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort
Contact: Susan Boyer, 20 Howe Street, Unit 6
Greenville, SC 29601
October 27 - November
Master Class Beach Retreat Week
Beach house on Isle of Palms,
Presenters: Jennifer Crusie, Nina Bruhns, Susan Meier
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Cost of each Workshop is (Currently) $15.00 US for KOD Members, $30.00 US for
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Mystery Writers Conference
Saguaro Romance Writers
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Empowering Characters’ Emotions
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Presenter: Margie Lawson
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Award winning author Karen
Kendall although born in New Jersey considers herself an honorary Texan. A graduate
of a seven-sisters school, Karen majored in art history. She’s been writing since
2001 and has won numerous awards. I've interviewed Karen before and enjoyed her
witty responses and willingness to share. Currently I am reading her most recent
offering- An Affair to Remember and loving it. You will too. Read what this talented
author has to say below.
with Karen Kendall
Tell us about growing
up in Texas with a brilliant mother who just happened to be a professor. Would
you say she was influential in you becoming a writer?
mother was very influential in my becoming a writer. Not only was the house full
of books, but we went to the library every week to get MORE books. She wasn't
a big fan of t.v., so I was only allowed to watch one hour of television per day,
which meant that I read constantly for entertainment. It was a short step from
there to making up my own stories.
How many books have
you written to date? Of these books which is your favorite, and why?
now written 20 books, although only 17 of them are contracted. My first three
are still howling under the bed. They're pretty bad. My favorite book is the one
I just turned in, which is called TAKE ME IF YOU CAN and will be released by Signet
in April of 2008. It’s a romantic adventure with a light suspense element and
it was so much fun to write! I love the hero, too.
You've written for
Blaze; a relatively hot line but not exactly Erotica. What are your thoughts about
writing Erotica? Why do you think that genre has become such a big seller?
think there are some brilliant erotica writers out there, but I'm not one of them.
My standard joke is that I'm probably the most repressed Blaze author in the whole
line! Erotica is a huge, growing market, though-probably because there are a lot
of other somewhat repressed people out there who are very happy to have someone
else write their fantasies for them. LOL.
Who are some of your
favorite authors and why?
love Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jenny Crusie and Janet Evanovich for their wonderful
humor and warmth. I love Judith Ivory for her brilliance, her lyricism and her
insight into character and Cherry Adair if I want a dangerous adventure. This
is always the hardest question for me, because there are so many authors I love!
do you go about creating your characters? For example Helena Stamos in An Affair
to Remember - book 5 in the Med Series is creative, artsy and spunky. Did you
have a particular person in mind when you created her?
characters is a very organic process for me. While I never, ever take anyone out
of real life, I am sometimes inspired by someone’s quirks or attributes. Then
I'll build on those and try to step into the developing character’s shoes. It’s
like a daydream. “If I'm this kind of person, how will I look at the world or
react to a given situation?” It’s a little like acting.
I created Helena Stamos, I began with a rough sketch of who she was: the artistic
younger daughter of a very rich and autocratic man. I figured she would probably
be something of a rebel, and since she’s a costume designer she would have an
art background. I built her character from there.
Tell us about An Affair
to Remember and the dynamic relationship between Helena and Nick?
AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER
was a complicated book to write because all of the characters are part of a continuity
series-twelve books by twelve different authors. So we all had to be very careful
in writing other authors’ story people.
relationship between Helena and Nick is complex, since they'd been lovers years
before. When they encounter each other again, Nick is the captain of a ship owned
by Helena’s father. His profession demands a certain formality and perfect manners-a
forced calm that is at odds with Helena’s more turbulent, artistic personality.
They both have reasons for feeling betrayed by the other and the attraction between
them still sizzles.
Once you have an idea
for a story what is the next step? How do you flesh it out?
I have an idea for a story, the next step is for me to flesh out one of the characters.
Then I try to come up with another character who will basically clash with the
first one, drive him/her crazy. A story’s impetus depends entirely on a strong
conflict, so I have to dream up a reason for them to butt heads. It’s also important
to come up with an emotional conflict that the couple must work through by the
end of the story.
If you weren't writing
books what other creative field would you be in, and why?
I weren't writing books, I'd probably be doing something with art or interior
design. I have this wild hair to go to cooking school, but that might take all
of the pleasure out of cooking for me.
What advice would you
give to a writer when words just aren't flowing and the scene just doesn't seem
writers run into problems during manuscripts, but I don't believe much in writer’s
block. If I'm blocked, I know that I'm either afraid of something or I haven't
figured something out. So I have to sit down and work through the issue, because
the only way past it is through it-if you know what I mean. Generally if a particular
scene isn't working, then I know there’s no conflict. Every scene is a unit of
your favorite kind of hero? What is it about this type of man that fascinates
favorite kind of hero is a gentleman deep inside, but he may not always appear
to be one. He’s got a sense of fun and is very witty. I'm probably fascinated
by this kind of hero because my husband is one!
In the last few years
we've experienced the popularity of chick lit, paranormals, urban fiction etc.
Pretend you had a crystal ball, what do you think might be the wave of the future?
think the wave of the future is actually going to be a bit of the past. Historicals
are gaining in popularity. I also expect to see a little of the ‘eighties glam
fiction return-but that’s just my hunch.
If you were a brand
new author with a limited budget for advertising, say $500.00. How would you spend
I'm still a pretty new author with a limited budget for advertising! But if I
had a five hundred dollar budget, I'd probably spend it on a good website.
Finally, what are other
things about Karen Kendall that a reader should know?
great-you only ask easy questions, don't you! Hmmm, other things readers should
know about KK . . . well, for one thing I'm making a shift in genre. I used to
write only romantic comedy and now I'm making a shift towards glamorous romantic
adventure with a light suspense element. My April ’08 Signet release, TAKE ME
IF YOU CAN, revolves around an agency that recovers stolen art. Since I have an
art background, this is a lot of fun for me! And I adore the hero, Liam James.
I hope readers will love him as much as I do.
for the interview! I've enjoyed doing it and wish everyone a wonderful fall season
filled with great books. Romantically yours, Karen Kendall
Kendall’s October release is AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER. Read more about it and the
Harlequin Mediterranean Nights series at her website, http://www.karenkendall.com/. Karen also writes
for NAL/Signet. TAKE ME IF YOU CAN will be an April ’08 release.)
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