Who am I? (#SecretsofaRomanceWriter)

Week 3: How much of myself is in my writing

Well, to begin with, Felicity Davenport is a pen name, so I guess her entire existence is my writing?

In all honesty, I think a lot of my own voice, opinions, morals, and ideals come through in my writing.

I try to write heroines who look and sound like me (although, I’m brown so that’s a bit hard to do in Regency Romance). My heroes are guys I would be attracted to if I met them walking down the street.

When I sit down to write, I try to write with authenticity. I never think of pulling on a mask. In fact, having a pen name gives me the freedom to truly be myself.

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A Child of 9/11 (#SecretsofaRomanceWriter)

Week 2: Your earliest memory.

To be honest, I’m not sure that this is my earliest memory. That honor may belong to watching the fireworks at midnight as we entered the 21st Century, but I think this memory is far more formative.

My first day of kindergarten was 9/11/2001. Yes, this is dating me, and I apologize to everyone who forgot that I am, in fact, a child. Moving on.

My first day of kindergarten was 9/11/2001. I was five at the time and we were just starting our day when the first plane hit. To give credit where credit is due, I don’t have any concrete memories of issues at school, and since we were in New York City, I find that quite remarkable. We celebrated a classmate’s birthday and we were told we could go home early. My mom came to pick me up and I went home.

It was the days immediately following 9/11 that I remember far more clearly than the day itself.

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You never forget your first (#SecretsofaRomanceWriter #UpCloseAndPersonal)

Week 1: Favorite thing I’ve written (and why)

It’s definitely a tie between a story I wrote in third grade about a non binary hawk named Attila and the first (and only) novel I ever completed.

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Reading counts as writing

One of the things that I’ve learned through this process of writing a book is how important it is to read.

Reading gives you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the style of what you’re trying to create. A healthy diet of books written by different authors in your genre is like doing language immersion. You pick up the cadence and unspoken rules of the road.

I sometimes have to remind myself that reading isn’t just for fun, it’s a form a self care AND research.

So read away and let your muse be inspired.

 

The Duke’s Dilemma (Sneak Peek #4)

Another excerpt for my lovely readers! If you want to catch up on other parts of The Duke’s Dilemma please check out my other excerpts. This one is a bit saucy, so I’ve placed it below the break. Nothing too scandalous, that’ll come later, but a little something to whet the palate.

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When the breakthrough comes

Let me tell you friends, walking down that strange new path got me finally writing again. I finished the new beginning, found a place to put it and reworked everything after it into a seamless story. Or at least what I hope to be a seamless story.

And boy oh boy was it some risque new content. One of my dear friends advised me to let the characters write themselves. This pair of characters have quite the naughty mind!

I’ve just passed the 25k marking which is a strange feeling. This is my first time past that bench mark since I first tried my hand at writing a novel nearly six years ago.

Stay tuned, because an excerpt of The Duke’s Dilemma will be going up today! I’m so excited to share what I have with you.

 

On the value of handwritten notes

Plot bunnies are determined little things. I’ve had a bunny bouncing around my head for about two weeks now and found that its existence was a detrimental distraction from my writing. When I should have been focusing on the budding romance, I was instead fleshing out the bunny.

So, today I decided to do something about it. I wrote my bunny down. But that wasn’t enough. So I took out my bullet journal and started a word vomit page. I let my bunny free onto the page and added whatever details came to my mind. This lead to other bunnies and pretty soon I had a whole pile of fun plot twists to liven up the story.

When you read The Duke’s Dilemma, look out for my bunnies and be sure to say “hi!”

 

Shocking events rock small town Ohio (or why it’s hard to write with a murderer on the loose)

Apparently when there’s a murder only a few minutes walk from your house and the suspect isn’t caught, it’s a bit hard to write romance. For whatever reason, locking all your doors and windows and keeping a giant kitchen knife on your bedside table doesn’t exactly conjure to mind seduction and bodice ripping.

When I sat down to write last night, safely ensconced in my locked bedroom, my characters developed a disturbing proclivity for adventure. All of a sudden, Grace wanted to climb the outsides of castles and Alex mounted up to fight Napoleon. Pausing, I realized this was not the turn I wanted to take while acquiring a first pony for Eliza so I put my work down and just went to bed. It was a weird feeling to just not write. I know I talked about slacking off last week, but that felt okay because I knew I had Friday to make it up.This week, however, I have family coming to visit and Columbus Pride so I know every bit of writing I can do ahead of time can help me stay on track.

I’m hoping to pass 20,000 words today (and am about 600 away so it’ll definitely happen before bed) which marks the 25% point of my writing. This is kind of crazy to think about since I still have two months left until my self imposed deadline. Hopefully this means I’ll be able to do a first round of edits before my mind becomes consumed by college again.

If you’d be interested in reading The Duke’s Dilemma as it’s written, please let me know! I’d love to share it with you. And if you have any advice on how to stop your characters from tearing off on ill fated adventures, please be in touch. I’ll take all the tips and tricks I can get!

On taking a day off

Yesterday, I skipped my scheduled writing session. And boy did I feel guilty. Instead of being a busy beaver, I ended up sitting and watching Grey’s Anatomy until the early hours of the morning (not that that’s necessarily a bad thing). Then, I chose to go to bed instead of staying up late and cutting into my sleep.

When I woke up this morning, my brain was ready to write with ideas appearing left and right. And I realized something. Sometimes it’s okay to play hooky and sleep eight hours. Sometimes it’s okay to slack off. And embracing your need to relax is important.

I was silly to think that working every day, seven days a week wouldn’t take it’s toll. So let this serve as your reminder, take a break! Treat yourself to a full night’s sleep.

A note about Felicity

Hello everyone!

I figured there was no better was to start off my “Felicity Facts” page than with facts about your’s truly.

Fact #1: I live in Ohio right now! I started an East Coast girl but the Midwest has captured my heart (at least for now).

Fact #2: I love to read! I blame my mother for introducing me to historical fiction. The rest, they say, is history.

Fact #3: I actually wrote a novel back in high school but it was complete trash, so we don’t talk about that any more.

Fact #4: I love to cook! Stay tuned, because I may be posting some of my favorite recipes on this blog.

Fact #5: I don’t own any dogs, but would love to one day. For now, I get my canine fix by walking dogs at the local shelter. See this handsome fellow above for proof of how wonderful dogs are.