Wednesday, 29 July 2015

If You Want a Change - Change Something

I whinge often to myself and my friends about getting up early to go to a job I don’t really like, in locations I’m not a fan of, which keeps me away from my young child who I’d rather be a stay at home mum to.

To all my readers (I’m hoping I have some out there), I am going to change that.

Recently I’ve been looking very critically at myself and my life and realised the obvious: if I don’t change something in my life, my life will not change.  Ok, not a new concept, but for some reason it struck me quite strongly that I’m like the lab rat that just keeps spinning the wheel and doing the same thing day in day out.  I don’t allow myself time to write and fit that into my lifestyle, because if you really want to do something, then you find the time - right?.
I have been writing fiction for many, many years now.  I’m actually getting up to nearly 2 decades.  Wow I sound old, let’s not go there today and just say I love to write stories and have been spending time to hone my craft.
I’ve also wanted to be a published author for the bulk of that time but other than telling friends I want to be a full-time writer I never progressed past that, especially after I had some rejections from the traditional publishers I sent my 1st manuscript to.  Having a day job as an accountant meant ‘doing my time’ to progress through the ranks because I convinced myself I wanted to be a Senior Manager, plus I wanted a life outside of work too.  So I didn’t allow a lot of time to my writing in any serious way.
Today I’m Changing my calendar and my mindset and deciding to write and exercise everyday.  Yep, I’m combining the two because I blame not writing on being too tired from my life to write and I’m tired because I’m not eating as well as I could and I don’t exercise.  That just facilitates a downward spiral that will never change if I don’t change something.

Today I choose to Change how I spend my time, to Change my Life!

Feel free to comment or drop me an email too say “Yeh - Good on you Kalysta”, or “Come on Slacko — get to work!”

I’d love to hear about others who have made changes to get a better life, or are in the process of making a change, in the comments.


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Monday, 20 July 2015

Giveaway: Kindle Voyage + Origami Case

Every wanted to be part of a Clan?

Competition to win a Kindle Voyage


Join my Readers Clan and you could win a Kindle Voyage, 6" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Adaptive Built-in Light, PagePress Sensors, Wi-Fi PLUS an Origami Black Leather case.

All you need to do is enter my Competition now and you get a couple of entries, share and you can earn even more entries to win this awesome prize.  Entries close 3/8/15.

I'm gearing up for the launch of Undercover Highlander (Book 1, The Jade Witch series), and I've immersed myself in the Scottish Highlands - literally.  I live in Edinburgh (well, OK, not exactly the Highlands but it's a quick drive away).

I'm living and breathing the locations I'm writing about and thought what better way to share my love of Scotland, than by starting my own Clan.  You can do that right!  Well I am, and if you want to join, be my guest.

I'm not a spammy kind of person, so I won't fill your inbox with useless noise, but I do like to share other Authors I like, reviews of books I've read recently that you may like and I absolutely love to give away cool stuff.

Keep an eye on your inbox for the great Jade Witch swag I'll be giving away closer to launch date.

Pop on over and check me out -- drop an entry or 2 and even drop me a message if you feel so inclined.  I'd love to chat more about your love of Romance and what you like in your books.

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

What's your favourite Romance Heroine - Kick Ass or a Stereotype?

Is the Stereotype long gone?  Or do you still prefer an old fashioned Romance?



Times they are a changin’ whether we like it or not and so have my tastes in my Romance genres.  For many years (during my 20’s and 30’s) I loved nothing more than a poor, helpless virgin who needed to be rescued get that rescuing from a larger than life hero.  He rescued her whether she wanted him to or not and then she found it was that forever love we all dream about.
Ha! That seems such a lifetime ago, now I want my heriones to kick just as much ass as the hero.  Oh, I still like the Hero to be big, strong and know what he wants in the world, but I also like my Heroine to be just as tough and able to take on the world too.  She may not be able to take on the baddies like Rambo, but she is not afraid to be taking on her life by herself.  She’s not looking for someone to save her, but it’s sure nice when they can save each other.



Even with my Highland Historicals, which are my absolute favourites (a man in a kilt, especially a Highland Warrior gets my heart a beaten and my ovaries jingling) I enjoy a little more out of the mould.  I don’t need my herione stereotypical of the time period.
Although there are quite a few readers who will pick a story to bits if the era is wrong for the style of dress the heroine wears or some other minor detail.  I’m not that precious — I’m all about reading a love story, a romance that grabs my heart strings and keeps me turning the pages to see how they first kiss etc et.

How about you?


What are you thoughts on the role of the Heroine in Modern Contemporary Romances or the Historical Romance?

Do you like a stereotype, or someone who has broken the mould?

I’d love to hear about other struggles and triumphs in the comments.


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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Leave your emotions in your Fiction - but HOW?

How do you detach yourself from the Fictional character emotions get back to day-to-day life after each writing session?


I’m currently writing some scenes where my heroine, Sera, is kidnapped and she must work through her emotions to find the best strategy to stay alive and escape her captors.  The kidnappers are part of a group who want to find an ancient relic before the Sera’s newly found family, the Jade Witch Coven, do.  It’s a battle of humans who want to become immortal (as they believe collecting all 3 ancient Jade relics will give them this), and the Jade Witch Coven who are sworn protectors of the 3 ancient relics and know their true purpose is not immortality.
There are dark forces, evil dudes and dudettes and a bunch of good guys all trying to to get to the Jade Wand first, which is the 1st of the relics to be hunted.
In writing these kidnap scenes Sera is going through a range of emotions as you would expect, but it’s how she handles each situation that is draining me.  Especially as one of the kidnappers is a past love, her 1st love, and his betrayal of her and her heart has not yet healed.  To write these scenes I have been digging into my past and reliving some hurts and pain and it’s great material to help me get into character.
The part I’m currently struggling with is how to detach myself from the emotional state I’m in once I finish my writing session and need to get back to family life and do normal stuff again.  I’m finding if I was writing a cranky scene I’m cranky with my family - for absolutely no reason, than I was in that mindset and I haven’t worked out how to trigger a switch back to normal life.

How do you get our of your characters head(s) and get back into your own when you have finished writing for that session?

Any tips from seasoned writers?

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