Friday, June 6, 2014

MOMENTS THAT MAKE YOU SMILE

Remember, you can have a dozen rejections on a book but only need one offer. Dawn Ryder


My guest is Dawn Ryder. She’s a bestselling author of many historical romances (under a different name and we've had the pleasure of her visits before) and now has also taken up the challenge of writing erotic romance. Check out her website to see the lists of both erotic romance and her historical selections. 
My blog shares the journey writers face on the road to and beyond publication. It’s a rocky road sometimes filled with good and bad. Dawn's topic is things that make a writer smile. These are important things for a writer to remember—not just the hard work of being a writer—but what excites you and makes you smile.

Thanks for having me over. A lot of writers talk about the hard moments, I love to discuss the moments that make you smile.

  • That moment when you decide to write a book. 

For me it came after an idea got lodged in my head. It had been there for a few months, a charter forming, growing, becoming something I was obsessed with telling her tale. Until one night, I turned off the television and opened up a blank word processing file.

  • Finishing that first book. 

Oh my. It was a major triumph. Plenty of times, I wanted to get up and find something else to do. But I realized I was making excuses for the fact that my book project was harder than I’d expected it to be. I had on those rose colored glasses that made me believe that the life of any author was one of leisure. But I did it. Because quitters never win and I needed to finish my heroines tale.

  • Writing the first scene that made me cry. 

It was a moment I still recall vividly. That part of the book, when the dark moment was overwhelming and I was so deeply involved in my story, it cut me deep.

  • The first time I submitted my book. 

My little baby, sent off into cyber space. Sure, I loved it but the sheer uncertainly of letting strangers read it was like a tsunami looming over me.

  • My first contract offer. 

Yup! I sold that book. Did I receive rejections? Sure did. But what I want to recall is when I opened an email with a contract offer. Remember, you can have a dozen rejections on a book but only need one offer.


Out of Bounds represents Dawn Ryder, my naughty inner child. She steps over lines just because they are there. Writing this erotic romance was a challenge and a hoot!


                                                                                                                                                     


Power may be best when it’s shared…

He’s used to dominating…
Tarak Nektosha is a self-made man, against all odds. He accomplished that by making sure he’s the one in charge, both in the boardroom and in the bedroom.

She’s taking her power back…
Sabra Donovan has ambition to spare and energy to burn. So what if her last lover was a disappointment? She’s never going to be anyone’s plaything ever again.

Sabra’s outstanding performance at a corporate photo op attracts Tarak’s attention, and the lines begin to blur. What happens when the one on top surrenders and the one used to obeying begins to call the shots? Excerpt


                                                                                                                                                         


Dawn Ryder is the erotic romance pen name of a bestselling author of historical romances. She has been publishing her stories for over 8 years to a growing and appreciative audience. She is commercially published in mass market and trade paper, and digi-first published with trade paper releases. She is hugely committed to her career as an author, as well as to other authors and to her readership. She resides in Southern California. You can find Dawn: Website and Facebook

16 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Nice to meet you Dawn!! Wishing a good weekend to you and Sia both :)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Welcome back to Over Coffee! I had a look at your website, Mary, and wow, you have quite a few collections under Dawn Ryder.

You mentioned that writing erotic romance is a challenge. What makes it a challenge for you?

And have you ever considered doing a erotic romance story set in historical times? Now, to me, would be a real challenge. Everything like that was so very much behind closed doors.

Melanie Schulz said...

I like that--the idea of combining the two genres.

Michael Di Gesu said...

HI, Sia. Hi, Dawn...

Such a "Happy" post. It's true we all seem to focus on the hard work and rejection. WE all need to take a breath and appreciate the rewards of writing....

Thanks.

Have a wonderful weekend, ladies!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Better to remember the good moments! I'm always happy when I finish a first draft.

Jennifer Chandler said...

Thank you for sharing your "smile moments" Dawn! It's always nice to hear the positive side of such a hard profession. And I loved this: "You can have a dozen rejections on a book but only need one offer." Wonderful reminder!

Thanks for the interview, Sia! Great weekend to you both!

Jen

Mason Canyon said...

Dawn, nice to meet you. Knowing a writer had a physical reaction (like crying) at one of their own scenes in a story makes it that much more intriguing to read for me. Wishing you much success. BTW, the erotic historical romance does sounds like a challenge (and possible a new genre).

Sia, hope you're feeling well and have a great weekend.

L.G. Smith said...

Finishing a novel is a major accomplishment. Not everyone can do it, that's for sure.

And I would love to have that garden pictured above in my backyard. Gosh, I would go out there and write every day in the summer. :)

Jo said...

Nice to know there are moments which make you smile. Sometimes writing a book seems way to hard and I wonder how any of you ever get it done.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

What a great post. It made me smile. I remember the first time I wrote something that made me cry. Congrats on your book, Dawn.

Dawn Ryder--Mary Wine said...

Hello Ladies!
Thanks so much for such lovely comments.
Now...about erotic Historical. I write very SPICY historicals. Because, let's face it...what was there to do when the sun went down? Hum? Raising eyebrow. You needed to keep warm...right? You will find my historicals very passionate. I hold the dubious honor of being the only author my editor had to ask to 'tone it down'. LOL!

cleemckenzie said...

How true. You only need one offer. And that's the wonderful part about this business.

Pam Torres said...

It is very good to meet you. You have a wonderful blog, I'll be back.

~Sia McKye~ said...

LG-- My sister, brother, and I planned it out but the both of them were supposed to have a path on two corners going through the woods to their house. Alas, their houses are 45 miles away. On a different property. Sigh...

Pam Glad you stopped by and thank you!

Jeff Hargett said...

Finishing the book was a strange feeling for me, filled with conflicting emotions wrapped in a sense of disbelief and accomplishment. One day I'll get it out there, but the time isn't yet right for me. Congrats on selling that book and if I understood correctly, selling the first one you wrote. That's an accomplishment on an even higher level.

Crystal Collier said...

Awesome. You really do have to celebrate those triumphs along the way, or you'll never make it. It can be so discouraging if you don't focus on the instances that make it all worth it. Great post!