Monthly Archives: August 2012

My first review….*grinning like a loon*

About two weeks ago I was approached by fellow South African Desere on Facebook, asking me where she could get a signed copy of She’s So Over Him. Apparently Desere has quite a collection of signed books and because there aren’t any other Mills and Boon South African writers (or none that we know of) she particularly wanted one of mine.

A week before that I got a box full of author copies (in the old cover) and thought that I would send Desere a copy to add to her collection.

Since reading the book, she’s been on the internet giving it fab reviews….so if you’d like to see what she says about SSOH, take a look at:

http://rbh-contemporary.blogspot.com/2012/08/shes-so-over-him-by-joss-wood.html?spref=fb

”And the spin of what happens when these two stunning characters lives once again match up was a true emotional roller coaster ride for me as reader. I laughed,I cried and could not wait to see what happens next. If the first book by the author is anything to go by I would say we are in for some serious brilliant reading.”

Sometimes, I look at my book and at the reviews and feel like I am living outside of myself, that this is happening to someone else. Sometimes when dreams come true they are damn hard to take in! But I’m trying….it’s still surreal.

I’m wondering when the reality will set in, but I’m so enjoying the ride. I hope I never take for granted how thrilling it is to put a smile on people’s face…that’s why I love writing romance.

And because it keeps me sane and feeds my soul. *grin*

Have a stunning weekend

Joss

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South African Romance Readers Give Away

Hi guys,

I’m giving away one of my author copies of my debut novel for Mills and Boon Riva  ‘She’s So Over Him’ to South African readers of romance! (Will do another give away  in the first week of September for overseas readers 🙂 )

So, to enter, won’t you tell me what you like to see in romance novels? What themes do you enjoy, what do you hate, what makes you smile? Drop your comments in the box below and the best response will win a copy. Or maybe the two best responses will win a copy, or three….

So here’s the blurb for She’s So Over Him…..

What not to do with your ex…

Maddie Shaw has spent the last ten years not thinking about her fast-and-furious fling with Cale Grant. His dark blue eyes, his hot chocolate voice, his magic touch… No, she doesn’t remember anything like that. Only the numbing devastation when he let her down and she walked away.

Now Cale’s sauntered back into Maddie’s life – drinking in the same bars, working on the same projects, and setting off the same fireworks inside her. It’s Maddie’s chance to prove just how over her ex she really is…but one steamy kiss later she’s fallen at the first hurdle…!

And the cover….

I’m really interested in what you think and feel about romance books today, especially in the South African context, so don’t hold back!

Best wishes

Joss

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On Heroine’s

I love strong woman and my heroines are pretty much always feisty, confident and sparky. They know what they want and how to get it and they frequently don’t need a man in their life…or so they think!

But writing about strong woman isn’t always easy. You have to balance their success with their likeability and while my heroines are generally successful, I try to give them an underlying insecurity to make them more human. And I shy away from making them materialistic. For them, and for me, it’s not about the money but their journey to learning to make space in their lives for a man, to find some sort of balance in their lives and of course, it’s about finding a hero who is strong enough and alpha enough to take them on.

As I write my first draft my characters grow on me and they bounce off each other and the second draft is where I refine their motivations. Then I write another draft, usually after my editor has poked holes in those finely crafted motivations and told me to dig deeper. (Piece of advice to new writers- save yourself the hassle and dig as deep as you can into your character. You’ll thank me, I promise. I’m still learning to do it!)

I came across this blog by Writer’s Write on creating a strong female heroine and I will definitely be using these top ten tips in my future writing.

Because, after all, writing is a craft, and you’ve got to keep learning!

Take a look:

http://writers-write-creative-blog.posterous.com/top-tips-for-writing-a-strong-female-hero

Have a great week everyone

Joss

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On Right Brain Writing

The other day somebody made the comment that I have feel creative to be inspired to write. Being a basically polite person I nodded, all the while rolling on the floor laughing inside. Inspired to write? Outside of writing I have a pressure filled but flexible job in local economic development, two kids whose social, school and sporting lives keep me hopping most afternoons, two dogs, three cats, a husband, friend and a life outside of writing.

I can’t afford to wait to be inspired! I write whenever I can find some spare hours so they have to count…I have to have black letters on a white screen at the end of that time or I start to panic…and trust me when I say I’m a great panicker!

One of the best gifts I gave myself was a course on how to use your right brain to improve your writing. For those of you not familiar with the idea, the left brain is where logic, language (and grammar and punctuation) reside, it thinks according to rules and patterns and is critical and compulsive. Your right brain is where, I believe, creativity flows from. On those days that I get three or four hours of writing done and come up for air and feel like a million dollars, I feel I have been writing with my right brain…in fact I can now tell when I’m revising what brain I used. Right brain writing flows, left brain plods.

I don’t know anymore how I flick over into my right brain to write, it’s just instinctive but in the beginning I did writing exercises. Using you non-dominant hand, write whatever comes into your head for ten minutes, when you get stuck write ‘up, up, up’ or ‘go, go, go’ and carry on. Or, again using your non-dominant hand, let your pencil squiggle all over the page for a couple of minutes. Then write.

It really works. For me, anyway :-  )

Happy writing!

Joss

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