Happy Wednesday, and thank you for joining me for the 2nd author visiting us for What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Megan Frampton. I enjoyed her guest post and think you will too. Afterward don’t forget to check out her release The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior : Duke’s Behaving Badly #1. Is this cover delicious or what? YUM!
Also, don’t forget to enter her giveaway…the link is at the end of the post 🙂
Take it away Megan…
Megan Frampton’s Guide to Correct Writing Looking at Pictures of British Actors Romance Novels
Thanks for having me here today!
Many authors say they knew in their hearts they were born to be writers from the first time they got an A (or a C, for that matter) on a writing assignment in school.
I had no such epiphany. I liked reading, certainly, and spent most of my free time occupying myself with books as much as possible. I started out with C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series, then read all of Andrew Lang’s Colored Fairy Books, then found Barbara Cartland at some point and gorged myself on historical romances from then on.
Then I hit the Dark Ages of Romance—the books people who don’t read romance think of when you say ‘romance novel,’ even though those books aren’t written any longer (that’s another rant for another time). I didn’t like those books, with their perfect heroines who were forced into having sex with the perfect hero. I wasn’t perfect, I sure as hell wasn’t having sex, and I definitely hadn’t found a “hero,” so I had nothing in common with those books.
I took a break from romance for a long time. I got back into it (long story, again, for another time), and then wound up getting laid off from a job post 9-11. My husband and I decided I’d stay home with our then 2 ½ year old son. I thought it’d be a good time to see if I could actually write a romance novel. I didn’t quite realize it at the time, but apparently I’d been thinking about it for a while, since when I started to put fingers to keyboard, I had a story.
Every writer writes differently, and I’d say if you can find just one bit of writing advice that rings true to you, you’ve won. So here are some of my writing thoughts:
- Don’t worry about trying to copy someone else’s technique.
- Keep in mind, as Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch said, that there are only seven different stories. But there are myriad ways to tell each one. Don’t be afraid of borrowing someone else’s story and putting your own imprint on it.
- Do whatever you have to to eliminate distractions. I use a timer, and make myself write for 20 minutes, then I take a five-minute break to see what the internet’s been doing, since OF COURSE I would have received the most important email in the world during those 20 minutes.
- Let yourself write what you hear in your head. Editing is for later, after the words are on the page.
- Read in the genre. A fun thing I like to do is find a favorite author’s lesser books, so I can see more clearly just how she does it.
The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior
Dukes Behaving Badly # 1
By: Megan Frampton
Releasing November 25th, 2014
All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?
When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.
As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.
But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything . . .
Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/09/the-dukes-guide-to-correct-behavior.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20957414-the-duke-s-guide-to-correct-behavior?ac=1
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Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.
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