It’s your writing! Own it!

October 1, 2011


Sorry for being so MIA these days but with my busy schedule (mom, full time in school) I spend more time writing than blogging (a good choice for now).

Have you ever compared your writing to others in your genre? Have you ever had the anxiety that you don’t quite measure up?

This happens to me all the time. Especially now that I’m trying a new genre, steampunk, which is still pretty narrowly defined.

I was reading a steampunk novel last night when I encounter a whole zombie scene. I was disgusted, turn-off, grossed out, you get the picture. I don’t do zombies. Yet this book is greatly written, well respected and because of that gave me great anxiety….

Until the zombies.

I just can’t do zombies. I have my novel, my work, my vision. It may sell, it may please readers. It may not please readers of zombie/steampunk but that’s ok.

We don’t need to copy/imitate the books that are out there and sold to be successful. We will only fall flat on our face (i.e. write bad imitations). And we will be miserable through the whole process.

It’s important to know the market but writer’s happiness come first.

We write our own true-to-self story. And hope someone out there will love it too.

But if you don’t love it, you can’t expect others to love it too.

STAY AWESOME,
M-C xoxox


Writer Inspiration: Elizabeth Darvill

June 22, 2010

by Marie-Claude Bourque

Hi everyone,

I am very please to welcome today my good friend and steampunk partner in crime author Elizabeth Darvill who just got a great news last week! She sold two of her steampunk short stories to HQ Spice Brief. But you don’t need to wait too long to read her books.  Her first steammy steampunk short story is avalaible in ebook as of yesterday from Tease Publishing. Read the blurb below.

Why Write Romance?

Hello! I am very pleased to be here at musetracks! Today, I am going to answer the most often asked question I get. Why do you write romance and what made you start. So, the answer to this question is not nearly as profound as most, sadly. I have always written as a way to distract myself, entertain myself or just to make myself feel better. It was all terrible and only for my own person gratification, in case you were wondering. I dabbled in script writing, poetry and a few other random things. It wasn’t until my early 20’s that I actually read my first “romance” book. I was an avid reader, but had never actually delved into that genre before. I loved them so much, that I naturally decided to write one on a whim.

It turns out, that I LOVE writing romance so much! It has to have the paranormal element in it to keep me interested, and lately a lot of steampunk elements are sneaking in, but I still LOVE it! I have been writing romance for a little over two years now and I reached my dream of being published. I received my first contract with Lyrical Press in January of this year for my vampire/lycan story, “Bound by Blood.” Somewhere along the line, writing has turned from just a fun hobby to a career path. I still love it and am so happy to be making my writing a bigger and better part of my life!

So here is my little encouraging speech to you….just keep truckin! I knew nothing when I started, I didn’t have a degree in English, but I had the drive. So I kept writing and revising and submitting with abandon, probably making every amateur mistake along the way! But, I did it(although, I still don’t claim to know much) and so can you!

            Now, ~ehem~ I am going to shamelessly plug my up-coming release a fun, sexy steampunk short “Love in a Time of Steam”.(because another fun part of writing is pimping yourself around) “Love in a Time of Steam releases on July 15th from Tease Publishing. It will be a part of their steampunk anthology, “Love Like Clockwork. It will release as an e-book first and later on this year in print as part of the full anthology! It will be up for pre-sale around July 1st and you can buy it here, http://www.allromanceebooks.com/index.html

            Thank you so much for following my random ramblings! Go ahead and leave me a comment if you wish and I will pick someone at random to receive a fun little promo packet! ~Elizabeth Darvill

 

 

Love in a Time of Steam – Blurb

Ashlyn hasn’t seen Gray her former lover in five long years. Not since the day he believed her to be a traitor to the military cause they both served.

Now as the volatile nature of their planet is reaching a fevered pitch, and the war over water to run their steam-powered technology is threatening all beings, she must face him once more.

Despite her intense hatred towards Gray, Ashlyn can’t let the father of her child be murdered by General Dagnus, the leader of the opposing army. Risking her life, Ashlyn lays everything on the line to save the man that betrayed her once. As they work together to survive, will they be able to rekindle the passion they once shared?

Thank you so much for visiting Elizabeth . This sounds like a great read which reminds me I have to go over and download myself a copy. (It’s only $0.99!)

And everyone, please comment to win some promo swag. I do love Elizabeth Bite Me pens! If you writing or read romance, tell us why you chose that genre. If not, tell us why you chose the genre of what you write (or did it choose you?)