Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Guest Blogger: Angelica Hart and Zi on Strictly Naughty!

Angelica Hart and Zi are writers published by Champagne Books.

We have had opportunity to talk to many people that have an interest in writing. One of the themes that runs as if a stream of consciousness is writer's block. With empathy we listen to wannabe authors describe something tougher than a $2.00 flank steak. That blank white field before you taunting and teasing, "Fill me... fill me... with profound and purposeful rhetoric."

Ouch that does hurt. That screen needs a time-out. Bingo... that is what you need to do. Take the time to figure out what you want to say.

There is a study out there, it might have been done by someone from Penn. This person polled famous and accomplished authors and asked what was the most important thing. The preponderance of responses were similar. To distill that... have something to say. That is right. Have something to say. There are plenty of people that craft well, many superiorly but if what they create is shallow or without an audience... then to what end? Pretty prose without purpose is like having cheese cake without sugar, just doesn't sit as well on the palette.

We once met a woman who wanted to write romance. Asked her to send us samples. She wrote erotica. We suggested she add romance, pointing out places where she could punch it up. She returned the piece and had written better and more erotica. She did have something to say. It was not romance. We recommended that she pursue that audience. She did. She's happy writing strictly naughty.

In KILLER DOLLS we knew what we wanted to say. Love can be found anywhere, anytime by anyone if you look for it.

"Why are you asking me so much about Rud?" Her query accompanied innocuous though concerned peering.

"Just curious. I'm a bit of a techie myself." He thought he had vamped to cover himself.

"I see,” she said, not quite stirring her tea, more toying with the spoon in imitation of stirring. "So, you're into computers? I mean, just what do you do, other than make
me hot and feed me?” Laughing at her own humor.

He grinned at that and blurted his cover story about being an IT contractor, working for various companies as a troubleshooter.

For the first time since they met, Letti felt uneasy. His words sounded rehearsed. Did he hate his job? Was he really a male stripper, could have been, and didn't want to tell her?
What? She found herself asking a little too often. Then he reached out and touched her hand, and for the moment she didn't care.

His next question was interrupted by the ring tone of the song Rubber Duckie.


Their combined accomplishments include book publications in print and/or electronic versions of twenty-four titles, fifteen romance specific, ten manuscripts pending, EPPIE finalist for three books, Cecil Whig award, Hob-Nob Reader's Choice Award, written over 500 shorts with numerous published in both nationwide and small press magazines, articles published in various local, city and statewide newspapers, including four as a Guest Columnist in addition to trade articles. Both are members of various writing groups.

KILLER DOLLS IS AVAILABLE: Unaware that bio-terrorists are using her handcrafted dolls to attack the innocent, Letti Noel finds herself falling for Taut Johnson, an undercover FBI agent. Even as deceit is a growing barrier to their love, it's the stalking terrorists that are a threat to their lives.

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Unknown said...

Great line about cheesecake without sugar. Going to check out your website and KILLER DOLLS.

Unknown said...

I'm just starting out as a writer, and I like the advice on having something to say. As a male entering into romance writing it also helps to know other men are in the genre. I figured that out by visiting the website.

Anonymous said...

You have me hooked. I want to read more.

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Jeannie, cheesecake to one of us is one of the most yummy desserts that has surely drooped from heaven just for us creamy sugary obsessed devourers. And, if one were to fully obsess, one enjoys the many varieties from the famous New York blend of heavy creams, cream cheese and egg yolk to the country style cheesecake that adds buttermilk to the Italian one made with either ricotta or mascarpone cheese. However, we have discovered , we'd have to walk seven hours to work off one desert. Worth it? Maybe! But like our comparison to prose... having it without sugar just doesn't taste as good.

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Hi John, welcome to the world of romance writing. The male population of romance authors are growing, and women seem to like seeing the genre through their point of view. We wish you every success and keep in touch, let us know what's happening in your pursuit. Keep seeking out what you have to say, and let the world know. To paraphrase a bit of our blog, it isn't always about the writing as much as it is about telling a great story.

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Anonymous, we couldn't help wondering if the characters hooked you or the ring tone, rubber duckie. hmmm, seems as the characters, Letti and Taut, were just the right bait to hook you. Either that or the ring tone of Rubber Duckie... Shoot, now we can't get the song out of our heads... Rubber Duckie... you're the one... You make bath time so much fun... Rubber Duckie I'm awfully fond of you... A: Continues to sing. Z: Without being obvious, puts in earplugs.