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My Five Authors I’d Like to Meet

Here we are at week #6 of the Marketing For Romance Writers 52-Week Blog Hop. This week’s topic is ‘Five authors (alive or dead) I’d like to meet.’

  • William Shakespeare – The Bard, English playwright.  I think I would have loved going to see his plays in person and possibly meeting him face to face. My favorite is The Taming of the Shrew.

The Taming of the Shrew

  • Emily Bronte – An English novelist and poet famous for her only novel and my favorite, Wuthering Heights.

Wuthering Heights

  • Zora Neale Hurston – Author, Anthropologist, Civil Rights Activist. An Alabama girl, like me. I’d go totally fan-girl but in a dignified way if I were to meet her.  My favorite book of her is Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • Anne McCaffrey – The Dragon Lady. American born Irish author of the best science fiction novels (Gene Roddenberry is a close second). If I had had the opportunity to meet her, oh man, I’d have been really bonkers. Of all of her series, my favorite is The Dragonriders of Pern.

The Dragonriders of Pern

  • Beverly Jenkins – Ms. Bev. American author of 19th century African-American historical and contemporary novels. I am almost stalker-ish about this writer. I was a member of her Yahoo group years ago and migrated with her when she moved the group to Facebook. My favorite book of hers is Night Song.

Night Song

There you have it, my all time favs. Who are your favorite authors, living or dead, that you looove?

Please check all of the other authors in the blog hop here.

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A Book That Has Influenced My Life

#MFRWAuthor  Week#5

Welcome to the latest week in the MFRW blog challenge where authors use weekly writing prompts to create a blog post. Please click here to check out the other authors in this hop.

There were a few books that influenced me but to name just one, it would be Mary Burchell’s A Song Begins, a Harlequin Romance in the Warrender Saga.

a-song-begins-by Mary Burchell

A  story about an opera, Anthea Benton, an opera student, who enters a contest to win money to further her singing lessons and clashes with Oscar Warrender, a world-class opera conductor. She is crushed when she does not win or place in the contest and feels it is the conductor’s fault.


When he finds out she had said some pretty rough things about him, he’s intrigued and sends her a letter of invitation to come to London to audition to become his student. What I loved about the story is although he was a butt-hole, she persevered and learned to no longer let his ill temper intimidate her. She won the major female role in his new opera. In the process, the romance between the two took a long time to develop.

At the end of the opera, when Anthea sang her last aria, to this day, I can still imagine I hear her clear strong soprano voice and it totally blew me away. Her voice made a huge impact on me. Reading this book helped to seal my decision to write in the romance genre. I vowed that one day I hope to make a major emotional impact on the readers of my future books.

What book or books influenced you? Tell me in the comments.

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What IF I Couldn’t Be A Writer?

Here we are in week 4 of the MFRW blog hop. All authors with blogs are welcome to participate. Each week, authors use MFRW’s writing prompt to create a meaningful blog post. Authors will post every Friday or as often as possible. Click here to check out other posts for this week.

The topic today is ‘What I Would Do If I Couldn’t Be A Writer.’  Well, I wouldn’t want to go back to my previous job with the federal government. My career with them was informative, competitive and stressful. While I loved it, me and that kind of stress are no longer friends. There are lots of other things I figure I can do. I’ve always loved working with my hands so I could operate a craft making/supply business selling my products in a brick and mortar shop or on Etsy or whichever is most cost-effective. On my Twitter bio, I mention I’m a voracious reader so maybe working in a library would be a contender. I’ve always loved being surrounded by books.

Research scribbr-tag-cloud-internationalBut I think the work I’d most enjoy would be that of a researcher. ‘Cause is there really any such thing as too much research? Okay, maybe there is but only by a little bit, *pinching fingers together to show minuscule amount.* I’d love to work as a historical researcher delving into the what, when, where, why or how of past events.  Or, since I’m always exploring all sides of my family’s past, I think being a genealogist researcher for or would be cool.

What would you do if you couldn’t be a writer?