Do set a goal - for example 2000 words a day.
Do follow your dream no matter what comes your way.
Do learn the craft of writing, through books, workshops, classes, any way you wish, but learn it.
Do join a critique group or find a good critique partner.
Do research publishers before you submit to them.
Do read other books as much as you can.
Do research if your book requires it and use several sources especially if you are using the internet - some of it can be wrong.
Do build up a social network presence on face book and twitter before you even get published.
Do write from the heart and find your own voice.
Don't get discouraged at rejections, each is getting your closer to an acceptance.
Don't give up, don't listen to the nay-sayers.
Don't think of it as a hobby that you only spend a few minutes on each day.
Don't refuse to learn the craft of writing because you always got A's on your term papers, you’re competing with polished professional writers not other students.
Don’t just write in a genre because it's hot in the market place if you’re not comfortable with it or passionate about it.
Don't do it for the money, it's not the best path to get rich quick, not at all.
Don’t become a shut in, spending all your time at your typewriter, attend conferences and conventions to meet other writers and readers and get information on publishers and other helpful advice.
Don’t expect your publisher to do all your promotion, learn how to promote your work.
Don’t ever get rude with a publisher or reviewer no matter what they say about your work, keep it professional.
Don’t let the hard work of writing become a drudgery, have fun with it, enjoy it to its fullest, always keep your passion for it.
Cornelia, thanks for sharing your very sound advice.
How do you relax after a long day at work?
I love to watch movies, play with my cat, talk with my seven year granddaughter, who always makes me laugh and I love to read in the bathtub.
You write romance novels. Is that your preferred leisure book to read?
I read all genres but as a whole I do prefer romances, it’s my favorite genre. When I read I want a bit of an escape, a bit of an adventure, and a little romance. I want my spirits lifted with a little true love and a happy ending.
I love happy endings too. Romance is my favorite genre to read. What was the setting for the most romantic scene you’ve ever written?
To me the most romantic scene I’ve written took place on an Irish beach as white foamed waves crashed against the shore while the hero, an ancient Roman, recited a love poem by Ovid to the heroine. That would work on me.
It would work on me, too. Sounds romantic.
Jodi’s birthday breaks her free of the foster care scene and launches her on a journey of self discovery. She thumbs her way to Woodstock to groove on peace, love, and music.
The moment Blue spots Jodi strutting toward him barefoot in the rain, he’s overcome with déjà vu. She doesn’t share his feeling that they were lovers in a previous life, thinking it’s half crazy, still she feels she’s meant to be with the irresistible hippie.
As an adult now Jodi’s free to be naughty rather than nice and he’s the man who can make her wildest dreams, the sensual ones, come true. Is she headed for a love-in at his tepee?
How about an excerpt? We'd love to read one.
Sunshine wrapped one arm around Ziggy’s shoulder and one around Jodi’s, who rolled her arm around Blue, then they swayed back and forth, singing, “Having a hard time living the good life.”
Jodi, Blue, Ziggy, and Sunshine rocked to and fro as the Grateful Dead sang “The wheels are muddy. Got a ton of hay.”
In the cold downpour, Blue pulled Jodi into the circle of his arms and pressed his warm lips against hers. A jolt of fire shot through her.
Blue caressed her mouth with his as the Grateful Dead sang, “All I need is your love.”
The music, the pounding rain, the firm, warm feel of Blue’s lips and arms as he held and kissed her savagely, engulfed her senses like a haze of colors blending together.
Two drummers banged out a mind-melting rhythm and in a soft yet strong tone, Jerry Garcia sang. “Shine on me, shine on me, come on please, come on please. Yeah, yeah, shine on me, Baby. “
Blue eased from the embrace, only to move behind Jodi and wrap his warm arms around her as she pressed against his chest. She tilted her head back and their wet lips touched in a deep, lingering kiss in the falling rain.
Love the ending to that excerpt...kissing in the rain. Where can readers find your book online?
Purchase Link: http://www.eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781615723751
In addition to the novella, Peace Love Music, Cornelia Amiri is the author of twelve published books, ten Celtic/ paranormal/Romance novels and a Steampunk/Romance with a second Steamunk/Romance, To Love a London Ghost, coming October 7th.
How can readers connect with you online?
Website / blog / FB: http://CelticRomanceQueen.com
Cornelia, I'm so glad you stopped by today. It was nice chatting with you and thank you for sharing your advice to writers. Hope everyone can stick around for a bit to visit.
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