Arizona Dreamin’ Recap

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to participate in the first ever Arizona Dreamin’ Romance Reader event. Kris Tualla, Liz Munoz and many other ladies whose names I forgot to write down did a fabulous job of organizing the event from scratch. Tempe Innsuites provided excellent facilities for the event as well as an attentive staff and delicious food (including great brownies and monster m&m cookies).
I hosted a table and designed two small floral centerpieces in wine carafes, which I gave away. While we ate, a panel of writers talked and answered questions. One thing brought home to me was that there is no one way to write.
Each writer has their own process. Some plot their book extensively. The fabulous Denise Domning used to write 60 page synopses for her historicals. Kris Tualla writes an outline. Pam Tracy knows the beginning, a plot twist or two, and the ending. Patricia Potter begins with her characters. Cathy McDavid writes a paragraph of what needs to happen in a scene before she sits down to write it.
And that’s just a few of the panel members.
So if anyone ever tells you that you need to have X before you write word one, don’t listen.
A novel is a story that begins with a single word, whether that word falls in a character sketch, outline, synopsis or the book is up to you and your muse.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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