Love in a time of chaos
It's been hectic around here lately. Between Covid and Christmas, the c letter words are taking control and making things interesting for all of us. It has, however, made me more determined than ever to rein in and look at the good bits of life. This is why I love being a romance writer. What is more powerful than giving stories of love to the world? Sharing the success stories, and the ones that remind us why life is important. In the words of the movie I watched last night, Serendipity, "the Greeks didn't have obituaries, they only asked one question when a man died. Did he have passion?" So I am taking a deep breath this month, and investing my energy into my passion. I can't wait to share the next passionate adventure with you all. And speaking of passionate stories, I can't wait to introduce you all to this month's inspirational authors.
This month's authors:
Kristina Rienzi is a Jersey Shore thriller author, writing coach, and the president of Sisters in Crime-Central Jersey. An INFJ who dreams beyond big, Kristina encourages others (and herself) to embrace the unknown through her stories. With her amazing background, I couldn't wait to hear about her writing inspiration.
As an inspirational coach, what brought you towards writing paranormal, sci-fi, and thriller stories and books?
I've always been interested in the unknown. I often use the tag line, Embrace the Unknown because both in life and in fiction, I believe it inspires people to overcome obstacles and push forward with courage. I enjoy writing about things that scare me and I also enjoy helping my characters triumph over their fears. Moving past what's holding us back in life isn't easy, but we grow as a result. I follow that mantra as both a coach and an author when it comes to my stories. If you could give inspiration to a new author, what would it be?
Believe in yourself above all. You can't achieve your goals if you don't think you can. And, never give up. Persistence and drive is the path to success. Nothing worth it is easy, so roll up your sleeves, and do the work. Remember to celebrate your successes, no matter how small, along the way!
I can't choose just one favorite, but one of the books that inspires me most is Dale Carnegie's, How to Win Friends and Influence People. The title is deceiving; it's a reminder of how important relationships are and how to truly cherish them, no matter how difficult it may be at times. I must listen to it (I love audio!) at least once a month. What challenges have you faced becoming an author and what would you do differently if given another chance at it?
So many, where to start? I put a lot of pressure on myself to do things a certain way, hit certain success milestones that really had nothing to do with how hard I worked. And when I didn't, I blamed myself, and then I wanted to give up writing altogether. If I had to do things differently, I would have been kinder to myself. I would have focused on my stories and not given so much weight to negative reviews, or sales numbers. Just enjoyed the ride!
Kristina loves to engage with her readers via her website. You can also learn more about her books and find all of her social media links at https://kristinarienzi.com and has a new book Unleash the Wicked out soon!
I hope you can take a moment to offer support for her by checking out her books, and I extend my thanks for being interviewed!
Terri is a contemporary romance author, with a range of books and skills. She brings the human psyche to her characters to enthrall the readers. I was keen to know how she does it.
How do you feel your degree in psychology has influenced your writing?
I think my study of psychology has influenced my writing in that I’m fascinated by the motivations of others, and that includes characters. Why do these characters behave the way they do? In my upcoming novel, Love & Other Disasters, the main character Violet, is reactionary. She’s coming to terms with issues in her family dynamic and in some ways over-corrects with her love interest. And discovers that too doesn’t work out. And her ultimate path to happiness depends on learning how to navigate her relationships and cooperate in a healthy way. I’m all about taking female characters and bringing them on a journey from brokenness to finding themselves and their strength in addition to also getting the hot guy. And by the end of the story, he too is worthy of the heroine’s love.
As a romance writer, what element of that genre appeals to you and why?
The optimism and the happy ever after. Life can suck at times, and I love reading and writing romances for escape. I love knowing that at the end of the story the main characters will overcome their obstacles and live on happily.
What has been the biggest learning curve for you as an author?
Marketing and advertising. I’m an introvert and selling myself doesn’t come naturally. I’ve even worked in advertising before and can sell other people’s stuff easier than mine. I’m still working on it. It’s difficult for some writers to see our work as a product. It’s usually a labor of love and artistic vision, but then to turn around see the finished work as a product for sale and needing marketing is a different skill set.
Who would you love to sit in a room and have a chat with if you could?
The first romance novel I read years ago was by Jill Shalvis. I’d love to pick her brain about the longevity of her writing career.
Terri likes to engage with her readers via:
I hope you can take a moment to offer support for her by checking it out or purchasing her latest book Love & Other Disasters (out Dec 2nd), and I extend my thanks for being interviewed!
I wish to thank you for taking the time to read and engage with me! Happy reading everyone! VK Tritschler
Release date: December 10th
What happens when your dream job turns out to be a hot mess?
Emily earned a spot in a top Adelaide advertising agency and was excited to be starting her professional career. But on her very first day she gets coffee spilled on her by Meg, her new and complicated co-worker; runs into Jimmy, her wildly inappropriate boss; and gets stuck in an elevator with Harry, who is the hottest guy in the industry and her company’s biggest competitor.
When Jimmy enlists Emily to spy on Harry and his company, things become more complicated.
But Emily finds that her life isn’t as perfect as she’d dreamed. Now, she has to choose between handsome Harry, who may not be all he seems, and bawdy Jimmy, who is exactly what she fears. Secrets and hidden agendas rip apart Emily’s dreams. Will she pick the devil she knows or the one she doesn't?
SNEAK PEEK AT BURNING DESIRE- NEW RELEASE
“This is exactly what I didn’t want,” she said softly, another tear rolling down her cheek. “I moved to Bay Shore to start a life, to revive my grandmother’s old bakery. I didn’t want any distractions.”
“And that’s what I am to you,” he said, trying to keep the bitterness from his voice. “A distraction.”
“I don’t know what you are to me.” She held his gaze, revealing her vulnerability. In that moment he could see how much he hurt her just by being around. As if she would be so much happier if she’d moved to Bay Shore and not met someone like him—someone that distracted her, made her feel things she didn’t want to feel. That inadequate feeling grew inside his chest.
He was so bad at expressing himself. He could never find the right words. Drew was so good at connecting with people, and Kay so good at reading them—he was good at neither. It used to fill him with so much frustration as a child, so he would use actions to speak for how he felt. And apparently, nothing had changed. He was still using actions when Louise obviously needed words. But he just didn’t know what to say. If he fumbled out what was in his heart and she didn’t feel the same, it would hurt so damn bad.
She’s worth the risk.