Hi everyone! Today, I’d like to welcome guest blogger Chris Redding to by blog. She published her first romantic suspense, THE DRINKING GAME, with Wings Press in 2004. In 2007, Enspiren Press published her next book, CORPSE WHISPERER, a paranormal romantic suspense. Interested readers can order both books from both online and brick and mortar stores. Welcome, Chris!
Thanks for having me, Melanie. What can I say about critique partners? I had one set, when I first began writing, who were terrible. They kept rewriting my stuff in their style. They also gave me the advice that I should start writing category romance. NOT.
I don’t write category. There is NOTHING wrong with category romance. I just don’t write that way. I write darker stuff. Not a lot of description or angst.
The next group I was part of met once a month on a Friday. We’d have pizza. The hostess’ husband was a character that we actually learned a lot from. I kind of miss Al. And Ann, of course our hostess. I learned a LOT in this critique group. And I acquired a very thick skin about my writing. (Thanks, Irene!) I would not be published without them.
Some writers never show their work to beta readers. Not me. I don’t trust my writing enough. I appreciate at least one other set of eyes on my stuff. These days, I am in a smaller critique group. We all write different stuff. One writes category. The other writes more science fiction type romances. We’ve not only helped each other, but we’ve become fast friends. We have seen each other through some crappy times. And I trust them implicitly with my work. I don’t always do what they suggest, but if I’m not sure, I will err on the side of doing what they suggest.
Everyone should have confidants in their lives. I’m lucky to have two. Cathi and Kathy have kept me from quitting. They’ve kept me on track. They’ve cheered my successes and I’ve been glad to cheers theirs.
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Blurb for CORPSE WHISPERER:
Grace Harmony is on the cusp of her thirtieth birthday and about to lose her power to talk to murder victims. She’s happy to lose her gift until she doesn’t solve a murder and must rewind in time again. And again. Each time she lands back in time, she’s closer to her birthday and the stakes have been raised. And each time her relationship with the Zach Holten begins from scratch.
Being able to talk to the dead has never been so important. For the first time in her life, Grace may regret not being able to help dead people.