I find myself writing a lot of blog posts lately and then saving them into draft mode instead of publishing them. Why? Because I’ve been seriously cranky lately and I find myself ranting about things that bug me instead of sharing the nice, sunny things with you all. You can hear ranting and all that in real life. You don’t need to come to me for it, right? πŸ˜‰

Today, I’m sharing my glamorous life with you. I hope you snickered a little when I said that. Because I’m writing this post in my pajamas and my hair is piled on my head and there’s still a mascara smear under my eyes where the remover never quite gets it all the night before.

There’s also a cat squalling somewhere downstairs, and laundry that needs doing, and dinner to figure out. Yeah, super glamorous!

But I did get dressed up last week and go give a speech to a group of ladies at a local country club. It was my second such speech in a month, and though I am a horrible introvert who doesn’t like standing in front of people and talking, I’m actually starting to have a little fun doing this kind of thing.

Because the people who come always are interested in writers. They’re usually readers and they’ve come because they want to hear what you can tell them about writing books. I have fun with that!

They asked me questions too, and that gives me insight into what readers think of writers. They didn’t ask if I was rich or lived in a mansion, because I dispel that notion in the speech. I also, regretfully, had to inform them that I don’t take bubble baths in a heart shaped tub nor do I wear a feather boa. They took it in stride.

Other things I told them were that authors get ideas from everywhere–literally–and that no one asks a mystery writer if she practices murdering people, but that they often think romance writers practice sex scenes or have lots and lots of crazy sex.

I have fun dispelling the myths, I have to say. πŸ˜‰

But what did they want to know? They wanted to know how long it takes to write a book (the answer is anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months or more, depending on the book and the deadline). They wanted to know if all the travel around the world helped me as a writer (I think so!).

They wanted to know how much research I have to do (the answer depends on the subject, but also because Harlequin Presents are such compact, emotional books, there isn’t a lot of room to drop in research. The books are about emotional conflicts, not external ones.) They also want to know if I have control over my covers (no for Harlequin, yes for my HOT series), and if I have the same editor for every book or if it’s different each time (the same editor, unless she leaves and I get a new one, which did happen after 14 books with one editor).

Those are the questions I remember off the top of my head! If you could ask a writer questions, what would they be? Ask away and I’ll try to answer. πŸ™‚ I might even give away a copy of A Game With One Winner (out in stores tomorrow!)……