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Characters as Verbs

~ I ________ you ~ I was very fortunate to have the chance to hear Damon Suede speak at the New Jersey Romance Writers Conference last fall. The topic of his talk was character development. Give Your Character a Verb One thing that stood out for me was his suggestion that before you decide on … Continue reading Characters as Verbs

Fifteen Minutes Writing – The Book Factory Method

Writing in Fifteen Minutes by Zara West

~ Life in Fifteen Minutes ~ Do you know how much time you spend on daily activities like reading e-mail and perusing Facebook? Do you struggle to reach your daily word count? I know that I do. A while back, I took a workshop with USA best-selling author Kerri Nelson, which she has recently published … Continue reading Fifteen Minutes Writing – The Book Factory Method

Time Management versus Creativity in Writing

Notebook Zara West Suspense

Or Why Hitching Creativity to the Clock is Doomed to Failure Yikes! Where did the time go? My last post was when - December? So much for keeping a writing journal. It was such a good idea - writing down what was going on in my writing. So what happened?  Well, now that I am … Continue reading Time Management versus Creativity in Writing

How I made a Book Trailer for Beneath the Skin

Beneath the Skin

How I Made a Book Trailer for Beneath the Skin! Book trailers are the hot new thing in book marketing. With my background in making videos, I just had to try my hand at creating one for Beneath the Skin. It was terrific fun! How I Made the Book Trailer This is the first time I … Continue reading How I made a Book Trailer for Beneath the Skin

Beneath the Skin is different

Beneath the Skin romantic suspense www.zarawestsuspense.com

Now I read a lot of romantic suspense novels. I love them. Why else would I write them? I like the fact that there is mystery and threatening villains along with the love story. I like the complexity of the plot and the challenging of binding the romance so tightly into the suspense plot line … Continue reading Beneath the Skin is different

Zara West’s Romantic Suspense Book Review

Blood Code by USA Today bestselling author Misty Evans definitely fits the requirements for a romantic suspense. The heroine is a Russian princess who has lived in the United States from childhood. Suffering from a severe blood clotting disorder, she is now a geneticist focused on finding a cure. But when her grandmother is kidnapped … Continue reading Zara West’s Romantic Suspense Book Review

What Makes a Romantic Suspense Suspenseful?

Beneath the Skin romantic suspense www.zarawestsuspense.com

Lisa Gardner in the “Seven Secrets of Romantic Suspense” lists the following elements that all romantic suspense novels need to be successful: A tense, dangerous setting Complex heroes, heroines, and most importantly, villains, who have goals they must accomplish and something personal at stake, often their only chance at love. Heroes and heroines with a … Continue reading What Makes a Romantic Suspense Suspenseful?

When You Are a New Romantic Suspense Writer

Kiss from Romancing the Stone

Beneath the Skin is my first romantic suspense. This is a genre that I have always enjoyed reading. A romantic suspense has two interlocking plot lines. There is the love story which wends it way through the novel, pulling the protagonists together and apart until they meet their Happy Ever After or Happy for Now … Continue reading When You Are a New Romantic Suspense Writer