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The Big Easy Blog Tour – Cozy Cove Series

iStock_000017057586XLargeThe Big Easy Blog Tour features authors and helps you understand the writing process. I was asked by the lovely Lynne St. James who just had a new release Embracing Her Surrender. You can find out more about Lynne at www.lynnestjames.com.

What am I working on?

I’m just finishing up book two in my Cozy Cove series. This story takes is about Constance Lucas, Cookie to all of her friends. She was in book one as a close friend to the heroine Olivia and now she is about to be struck by the love in this story. Our hero is a new character to arrives in Cozy Cove and sets Cookie on fire.

How does my work differ from others in the same genre?

My contemporary romance stories take place in a small-town where the people are like quirky family and friends we all have met at some point in our lives. People we know and love. I like to add a touch of humor to a steamy romance. When the story ends there is no mistaking these two people are going to remain together.

Why I write what I do?

I like what I like to read but I also have a long list of book ideas. As a matter of fact I have a Sci-fi romance in the works as well. My imagination is endless and diverse. I plan on writing in several genres so look for a broad variety fro me in the future.

How does my writing process work?

I am not a plotter at all. I have an idea of the characters and a skeleton idea of the story but as I write and develop the characters, the plot unfolds naturally taking twists and turns in unexpected directions.
That means, characters are added all the time that I wasn’t expecting as they are needed to rule the storyline.

If you haven’t visited Cozy Cove and read book one in the series Irresistibly Delicious, the buy link is available on my webpage www.debrafisk.com or my Amazon author page.

Released in January.
Released in January.

 

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Removing The Emotional Vampires From Your Life

iStock_000017057586XLargeWe all have them. Those emotional vampires. People who are so called “friends” or “family” that drain you day after day with their problems, call for solutions to theirs and ask for favors, yet never reciprocate. Or maybe for you it’s something else like you’re job.

Each year, another birthday clicks by, no matter how we try to snap off the hands of time, it moves forward. Each year, we should be working towards living a more peaceful and harmonious life. That means ridding ourselves of the unecessary burden thrown at by others. I’ve decided I’m not going to entertain the kind of garbage that’s littered my life from other people. I’ve learned to release unhealthy hurtful statements tossed at me by others.

By nature I’m an optimist. There’s always tomorrow and it will be even better than today. My husband feel this is why people cling to me because as he puts it, “my cheerful demeanor makes them feel better” in the moment. I’m forever trying to offer helpful suggestions and raise their spirits.

Unfortunately it’s draining and brings me down for a spell. I don’t need to boast or brag about my life to others, so I fight off their negativity by living my life full of happiness and love. I’m truly blessed to have a wonderful family, awesome friends, and fluffy pets who worship me because I feed them every time I enter the kitchen.

Life is so short. So stop hosting those emotional vampires, and start living your life – each day to the fullest. I am. Why not join me!

By the way here’s my latest book. I’m thrilled how well it’s been received:

http://www.bookstrand.com/irresistibly-deliciousdaf-cc-id-full

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Changes In The New Year!

Last night we welcomed in 2014. Some of us in the quiet of our own homes, some of us gathered with family and friends and some of us might have spent it out among strangers. After a turbulent 2013, my year ended on a positive note. We received many blessings towards the end of the year. My first book, Irresistibly Delicious was released on New Years Eve 2013.daf-cc-id-full

A new year with endless possibilities awaits us.IMG_2391 For our family this will be a year of change. I’m not one to embrace changes, I adapt to them out of necessity and my husband likes change even less. People say change is good. I imagine if you’re not happy with a situation, then change is a good thing. In my case I’m torn. The excitement of moving to a new location for my husbands work will better our future, but the sadness of leaving the area and people I love, a place I’ve called home for the past ten years is difficult.

In the meantime I will continue to work on my stories,make soaps for family and friends, paint my paintings and look forward to a bright new year with endless possibilities. What are your hopes for 2014? I’d love to hear from you.

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Switching Gears on Careers

Last year, towards the end of 2012, I came to the conclusion that I was tired of working in construction. I was tired of all the male testosterone, the constant attempts at intimidation, and the lies and manipulation on the job sites. I’d been dealing with this on a daily basis for the past twenty years– but even so I loved my job, did it well, and had an excellent reputation.

At five feet tall and weighing less than one hundred pounds, I’d held my own.  I could verbally backhand another contractor on the site if need be, but dealing with this each day began to wear me down. I managed crews on some of the largest renovation sites in Central Florida. The Gaylord Palm Resort for example, Walt Disney World – all parks, resorts, and every inch of their backstage area.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
View of inside Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando, FL.
View inside the Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando, FL

Oddly enough it was at an event in 2010 at Disney’s Dolphin Resort that I had an epiphany. They were hosting the RWA Literacy Signing. For those of you who don’t know, and I didn’t at the time either, RWA stands for the Romance Writers of America. Romance authors from all over the country were signing books and all of the proceeds were going to literacy organizations. I had been reading romance novels for years, and now I was in a huge convention hall meeting some of my favorites. Nora Roberts, Cherry Adair, Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, to name a few. These woman were the warmest bunch of woman I had ever met.

While chatting with historical author, Victoria Alexander, I shared that I had made several attempts at writing a romance novel, but never followed through. She planted a seed of encouragement for me to follow my dream. So in 2012, when the opportunity presented itself, I shifted gears on careers.  I began writing and completed a 83,300 word small town romance story this year. I also began painting in oils and acrylics.

Painting I did yesterday.
Painting I did yesterday.

Taking the first step was scary. Am I on my way with a new career? Who knows, but I hope so. Have you ever made a major life change? If so lets talk about it.