Today, I welcome fellow Crimson author Liv Rancourt.
Liv Rancourt writes paranormal and romance, often at the same time. She lives with her husband, two teenagers, two cats and one wayward puppy. She likes to create stories that have happy endings, and finds it is a good way to balance her other job in the neonatal intensive care unit. Liv can be found on-line at her website & blog (www.livrancourt.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/liv.rancourt), or on Twitter (www.twitter.com/LivRancourt).
Just Me N’ The Friends In My Head …
Thanks so much, Nancy, for having me as a guest on your blog. I appreciate the chance to get out and meet new people this way.
Yep, I like guest blog posts, because there’s nothing like getting up in front of a crowd of people I don’t know and introducing myself. A bunch of people I’ve never met and can’t actually see. Who might be snickering at me right now, or clicking to another page. Doesn’t make me nervous at all.
I promise I’m not a complete neurotic. I’m a writer, which is arguably the same thing. There’s something a little crazy about dreaming up a story, then spending hundreds of hours putting that story down on paper, er, into a Word doc.
There’s tons of stuff to worry about, everything from word choice to sentence structure to the rhythm of the paragraphs. Does this scene work? Are there mushy spots in the plot? Does the ending leave the reader with sufficient warm-fuzzies to bring them back for more? There are so many details to tweak, and as far as I’m concerned, there’s no such thing as “final” edits.
I can always give it one more pass.
Each new piece teaches me something. I know which of my very favorite words (that, but, was) need to be doled out carefully, like giving M&Ms to a gang of preschoolers. I have elevated Goal, Motivation and Conflict right up under the Ten Commandments as guides for living, at least in terms of keeping scenes viable. And I’ve learned that almost every story benefits from the presence of a vampire.
It’s a journey I always knew I’d take. About three years ago, approaching my 50th birthday, I figured I better get on it. While at least one friend has suggested this might be some kind of public mid-life crisis, in reality it just took me a while to be brave enough ready to share the stories I’ve been saving up all these years. I might lose out on some of the pop cultural references that a younger writer would get, but I have the perspective that only time can give.
That’s why my new Crimson Romance release, Forever & Ever, Amen, tells the story of Molly, a forty-something single mom who goes out for Happy Hour and comes home with a helluva hickey. Turns out, it’s a demon’s mark, and she’ll have to face the three things that scare her the most to get rid of it. Molly’s not a typical romantic heroine, and this story isn’t a typical romance, but that’s the cool thing about Crimson. They don’t insist on a formula, which gave me the chance to tell the story my way. And I gotta say I’m happy with the result.
So thanks for hanging out with me and my neurosis here on Nancy’s blog. What’s your pet crazy? Leave a comment, and we’ll compare notes and make each other feel better.
My newest book, Forever & Ever, Amen, is available from Crimson Romance, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and ARe.
Sometimes you have to break the rules to do what’s right.