Words Create The World.

Shikara Bharath is thirteen years old and this is the speech she made at her (and my daughter’s) youth leadership graduation ceremony last night. I think her passion is awe inspiring and her speech moved me. I asked her if I could post it on my blog and here it is. *** Five years ago, a young girl felt life …

About business, reviews and taking s***t personally….

It’s been a tough week, not only for me but for some of my friends. My husband has been really sick, we’re trying to make a bunch of decisions while neither of us are feeling well, physically or emotionally, and we’re tired.It’s been tough and then this morning I got to my desk and I saw a review someone wrote …

Flirting With the Forbidden- RT Top Pick and on reviews in general

I’m a fast writer and while I dive into every book I write with enthusiasm and fall in love every couple of months with my hero, there are some characters that just grab me by the heart and don’t let go. Wild About the Man was like that for me and so was Flirting With the Forbidden. And when you …

Open water swimming, panic attacks and the connection to writing your novel

Photo www.newcastleadvertiser.co.za A couple of weeks ago I started swimming training again and yesterday I did my first open water swim since I was 16. It was a fun swim- 500m- and well within my capabilities as I’ve been swimming a kilometer or so most days in training. But you, know, I thought I would start off slow and thank …

Modern Tempted Writing Competition!

Do you want to write contemporary romance for Mills and Boon? Do you want a chance to be published? I’m going to be a judge for the upcoming Mills and Boon writing competition which is mega-exciting! And it’s an excuse to read….yay! The competition is starting on the 20th January on the Mills and Boon FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/millsandboon Head on …

The most amazing speech on writing…

I adore Kristen Higgins. I watched her speech at the RWA Awards luncheon and tears rolled down my face, from laughter and because she simply touched my heart. If you’d like to know how I feel about writing, especially romance novels, I don’t need this blog…it’s all here in her speech. If you want to understand me and my writing …

Pininterest….

Oh, and that book I was waiting revisions on? Accepted, baby! Wahooo! It’s called ‘The Last man She Should Call’ and will be out in February 2014. So, because I have the concentration span of a flea, I’ve been playing on Pinterest again. Want to see the inspiration behind my books? Check it out here…. http://pinterest.com/josswoodbooks/ See you there shortly, …

Saving authors from a tequila bottle and gnawed on wrists….

There are some days when you just don’t want to be a writer, when the road is too tough, when your characters are misbehaving or not behaving at all! When you don’t think anyone in the world has bought your book, when you are so filled with self-doubt that you feel like finding a bathtub, a bottle of tequila and …