I just got back from cruising
the Caribbean. Think Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, Turks and Caicos. I had warm thoughts
of you as I wandered around the various tropical ports sipping potent rum punches.
So have you shopped your little hearts out yet? The best gift I've ever received
was one that came directly from the heart. It was an act of kindness and didn't
require a fancy wrapping. Just imagine if we gave an act of kindness to everyone
we knew what a wonderful chain reaction that would start.
an entirely different note, should you wonder into a bookstore this season, be
sure to pick up a copy of my January release- Hook Line and Single. It makes for
awesome holiday reading. You'll get a chuckle when you immerse yourself in the
wild, whacky world of speed and cyber dating.
it real this holiday and make it a wonderful and safe season!
Editor -- Romantically Yours
Tools of the Trade
Top 10 days Reasons to continue
writing despite the hectic season
Because writing helps you unwind after a hectic day of shopping.
Those cookies in the oven are going to burn if you don't get the thoughts in your
head down on paper.
cubby hole you've reserved exclusively for writing serves as your getaway from
all the madness
prancing through those malls and listening to people fight you've accumulated
a lot of subject matter.
Your feet hurts and your head aches. Writing works better than aspirin.
holiday guests are on your nerves. You wish they would leave instead you immerse
yourself in the world of fantasy.
You're on a tight deadline and there's no alternative?
beats over dosing on valium
The season makes you feel especially inspired
Santa's reindeer ate the last draft.
it a great writing Season!
Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah. Whatever you celebrate give thanks and express your
gratitude for being one of the fortunate ones.
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Interview with Marcia
See Bettye Griffin's Blog (http://www.bettygriffin.com/)
all about me this month of December. Bettye Griffin (www.bettyegriffin.com) a
talented author, and dear friend was kind enough to interview me for her Blog.
Bettye and I have known each other for a lifetime it seems. I can't think of a
finer writer. We shared thoughts on a number of things. I took the opportunity
to make a shameless plug for my January book, Hook, Line and Single. I am especially
excited since it was picked up by Black Expressions and will be featured in the
January edition. Try reading a Betty Griffin novel. She delivers.
First up is the
talented Marcia King-Gamble, who created the Flamingo Beach series for Harlequin's
Kimani Romance line. I've known Marcia for nearly ten years. She was the first
of my fellow writers to reach out to me, even before our then-publisher, BET,
scheduled us to do signings together at locations in Tampa and Orlando quite some
time ago, and I will always treasure her friendship.
A little biographical
is a national best selling author who has written for Kensington, BET Books and
St. Martin's Press. She now writes for several Harlequin lines. This self-proclaimed
world traveler has spent time in some of the more exotic parts of the world. She
maintains the Far East, Venice and New Zealand are still favorite haunts.
her spare time Marcia enjoys kickboxing, step aerobics and body sculpting. She
is passionate about animals, spicy foods and tearjerker movies. Marcia is also
the editor of a monthly newsletter entitled Marcia's Romantically Yours. Log onto
her websites http://myspace.com/marciakinggamble or myspace.com/marciakinggamble and find out what she's
not already familiar with Marcia's work, this will give you an opportunity to
do so! So here we go . . . .
Marcia, you had a new
book come out in November (Sex on Flamingo Beach, Kimani Romance; the fourth book
of the popular series), plus you have another new title coming out in January
(Hook, Line, and Single,Kimani/Sepia), and a third in February (More Than A Woman,
Kimani/Arabesque). This is great news for your readers, but it had to be a tremendous
amount of work, since these books don't write themselves. Do you think you can
keep up this pace?
is one of the challenges of being a writer. These last few years I gave up having
a life. For the most part I've always had a day job along with my writing career.
When I decided to move to Seattle something had to give, and that something was
a day job with benefits. I set certain financial goals and to meet those goals
it meant writing as many books as I possibly could. Word to the wise keep your
day job. Sex on Flamingo Beach is my November 2007 release, and the fourth in
the Flamingo Beach series. It's gotten great reviews and is published by Harlequin's
Kimani line. I tackled the issues of an interracial relationship from an entirely
Line and Single; a Sepia, also published by Harlequin - is my fourth mainstream
effort, and my January release. The story is about a woman of a certain ages'
venture into the brave new world of cyber and speed dating. And finally, More
than a Woman (an Arabesque release -published by Harlequin) should be out in time
for Valentine's Day. It's set in the historic and beautiful city of St. Augustine,
Florida. Be sure to pick up a copy of all three if you can. I'll have six books
out in 2008. Whoosh!
Six books! I am impressed,
Marcia! I think the Flamingo Beach set-up is a wonderfully imaginative way to
link a series of books, since the majority of series seem to revolve around families.
I enjoy interracial romances, provided the conflict comes from something more
than disapproving stares and rude remarks from bystanders. Your promise of a "different
perspective" has me intrigued! St. Augustine is a lovely city, close to my old
stomping grounds of Jacksonville. But I must tell you I'm particularly really
excited about Hook, Line and Single. As a woman of a certain age myself who sometimes
feels a little lost with the rapidly evolving technology of today's world, I'm
tickled when books are published with older characters at the center.
are all great titles, by the way! The writer in me can really appreciate a title
with that certain zing to it.
question: Your other career is in the travel industry, and you've been all over
the world. What would you say is your favorite spot?
had the opportunity to travel with someone else picking up the tab has been a
great experience. The wanderlust still remains in my veins today and every penny
of disposable still goes to travel. As for favorites, I'm still partial to places
like Hong Kong, Venice and New Zealand because I have such wonderful memories
of the times spent there. Traveling to exotic parts of the world is the best finishing
school there is.
I agree. Travel is
so broadening, although mine has been largely limited to the U.S.
at the halfway point, #3 of 5 questions. Marcia, what's the last DVD you rented?
an easy question. I don't rent DVDs. I gave up watching television when I began
to write. And based on what I'm hearing, I haven't missed much. I do go to the
movies, as it gets me out of the house. Of course my favorites are all tearjerkers,
similar to the books I like to read and write.
Oh, yes. I agree that
there's little on TV these days, and if this strike goes on much longer, it'll
get worse. Dancing with The Biggest Loser, anyone? Okay, now for an intrusively
personal question. Asparagus . . . love it or hate it?
Love it when someone knows how to cook it. Hate it when it's a soggy mess with
no gourmet trimmings.
And now for my final
question. Can you write with music playing?
write with almost anything going on around me. I can write and talk to you. It's
something a busy person learns to do. When you're eternally on tight deadlines
there's no such thing as writers block.
working on book number twenty four right now.
You keep writing. We'll
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