If you know me, you know I have way too many quests. I seek the Holy Grail, to become a Hybrid Published Author. I seek to finish my trilogy by the end of the year. I seek to keep my anthologies working and moving forward. And in my spare time, I seek to read a bunch of books.
Writers start out as readers, even if simply the directions on a video game, the stats on a character sheet for an RPG, comic books, or chapter books. Eventually, we look for longer reads and then we start writing our own. Right now I have two Reading Quests. One is to read all the paperbacks that I got at the Romance Writers of America National Convention in July of this year. Currently, those are stored on the rack over the toilet in my guest bathroom because there were so many! No space anywhere else.
My other quest is to read all the books published by my fellow chapter members of RWA. The best thing about that is I can pretty much get the ebook versions. While having the hard copies is great, I have issues with my hands and arms. It’s nearly impossible for me to hold a book for long. And I need special glasses and lots of light. What a pain!
I am starting my Fellow Chapter Member Quest with Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, author of the Wolf Moon series. Her first book in the series, Red Wolf, was really difficult to find. This talented lady has been published by Nocturne for a few decades now. Luckily I found her at a local bookstore that supports local writers. Mysterious Galaxy needs to add Romance to their name as well. http://www.mystgalaxy.com/book/9780373618286
Linda is also an award-winning author for sharing her talents with unpublished writers. At the last RWA meeting, she showed us some great stretches and exercises to break up our day of sitting at the computer. Another paranormal author on my list is Lisa Kessler, who also helps the unpublished step up.
I used to love vampires when I was a teenager. True story. But lately, as I have gotten older, I dislike the idea of dying and not being able to walk in the sunshine. What if a vampire has seasonal depression? But Lisa Kessler’s vampires are truly enticing. I love that she has taken Southern California history and woven it into her books. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
Lisa is winning awards with her Moon series and holding an Autumn giveaway! She loves to hear from her readers. You can find her here at Lisa’s Lair. http://www.authorlisakessler.com/
This blog will be way too long if I keep going, but know that the quest will not stop here. And in case you think the book titles above should be italicized, read this. It could make your life easier. http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/do-you-underline-book-titles
Born and raised in Southern California, DL Hungerford began writing right about the time you would expect. She has worked as a child care provider, a cook, a caterer, a clerk, customer service operator, blackjack dealer, house cleaner, bird breeder, a case worker for local government, and a supervisor of caseworkers. She honed her writing skills through fanzines, epic letters, and minutes for various clubs. She also wrote newsletter submissions for clubs, as well as movie and book reviews.
DL loves the world of fiction, especially Regency England, but hopes to explore other horizons as time permits. She still lives in Southern California with her husband, a spoiled cat, a spoiled dog, and a flock of parrots and other birds.
She also writes under the pen name of Roxanna Haley. You can contact her through any of the various links below: