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Interview with Kasey Michaels

Our friends at Vearsa conducted the following interview with our own Kasey Michaels, NINC 2015 Conference Chair. Thank you, Vearsa, and see you all soon at the conference!

Kasey MichaelsQ&A with Kasey Michaels, NINC 2015 Conference Chair

This week we're pleased to chat with Kasey Michaels, chair of the 2015 Novelists, Inc. Conference, about the hot topics at this year's conference, new challenges and opportunities for both publishers and authors, and more.

Kasey is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 110 books (she doesn't count them). She is a recipient of the RITA, a Waldenbooks and Bookrak Bestseller award, and many awards from Romantic Times magazine, including a Career Achievement award for her Regency era historical romances. ... [Read More]
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Getting Down and Dirty

SKINThinking there was safety in numbers, I made sure I didn’t go alone on my trip to a gentleman’s club as research for SKIN. In addition to my husband, I recruited a couple of other writers and another’s husband.
    We had no idea what to expect.  Dark and seedy, perhaps? Poles on every table for table dances? Old strip club atmosphere?
    To our surprise, the place looked like the night clubs I’d been to eons before. It was beautifully decorated, and the bouncers wore tuxes, the hostess and waitresses evening gowns. Along the walls were semi-private areas with luxurious booths for groups. ... [Read More]

Quantum Physics for Writers

atomQuantum Physics is not your typical hobby. It's certainly not mine. But as a lifelong learner and writer, I jumped at a recent chance to attend three days of quantum wonderfulness at the Joint Quantum Institute, housed at the University of Maryland. Bosons, fermions, and anyons, oh my!

Our workshop, the Schrodinger Sessions, was organized by Chad Orzel, author of How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog and holder of a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics. He and his colleagues, Emily Edwards and Steve Rolston, brought seventeen writers to campus on the last weekend in July and treated us to lectures, lab tours, and experiments. ... [Read More]

Never Say Never Again

I never wanted to self-publish. Never... because I am a slow writer and thought I had my hands full just doing the writing, editing, revisions etc. etc.  And maybe because I was accustomed to saying I was published and having my ego flattered when someone asked, "Are you published?"

 But a while back I happened to run into a very persuasive writer pal, a Ninc member, who told me what she was making self-publishing her books and how much she was enjoying having control, and suddenly, thinking if she can do it, so can I, I decided to try indie-publishing. ... [Read More]
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Squirrels and the Romance Writer

Mating squirrels and the romance writer

Imagine my surprise when I awoke yesterday morning to scurrying overhead. Something was in the attic, something that sounded like squirrels dancing. (Little did I know…) My dog Hattie began to bark at about 8:00 a.m. and at 10 o’clock I finally called a pest control agency. They’d send out a wildlife expert, they said. A bit later, an extremely personable young man came to the door. “It’s probably squirrels. Let me take a look outside.” Sure enough, he walked around the house and when he returned said, “I saw several gray squirrels on the tree closest to your house jumping onto your roof, found two holes in the roof soffits and saw a couple go inside! ... [Read More]

Things I didn't Know

What’s your favorite romance trope?

This question was in an interview I did recently and my first reaction was, trope? What's a trope? I had never heard the word before. Nev-er! I consider myself to be someone with a fairly large vocabulary but this was a new one. So I did what my father trained me to do: I looked it up in the dictionary. The first explanation I found, "a figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression," left me even more confused. The second was a little better: "a significant or recurrent theme; a motif." I know what a theme is, so I'm getting there. ... [Read More]