This weeks featured Beau Monde PRO, Suzi Love, is an elected member of the Beau Monde Board, serving as the chapter’s PRO liaison as well as maintaining the chapters’ blog and twitter accounts. She hails from Down Under. During last years floods, coordinated a gathering of books including children’s books and Romances for those who were suffering.
Not only has she poured herself into volunteer work, she has also been racking up contest finals. One of the contests she has finaled in is the Beau Monde’s Royal Ascot contest.
Thanks so much for being here, Suzi. As usual, let’s start with the twitter-pitch (140 characters or less) of your favorite finished manuscript?
Mathematically-minded Lady assists Determined Duke to foil a madwoman’s plot to control London’s Stock Exchange.
Oh fabulous! How original & exciting. What to you love most about that story?
I love heroines who are a little off kilter! This one being a mathematical genius means the rest of the Beau Monde regards her as an oddity.
Love it. I think heroines that have something that sets them apart in an unusual way are the most interesting to read about. There is so much potential for internal conflict that influences external conflict. It sounds like you’ve developed a story with those illusive twin drivers: entwined plot and character. Could you describe an ah-ha writing moment and its trigger?
At the conclusion of our Romance Writers of Australia conference each year, there is a tradition of….‘Stand Up’ if you have…
The President calls out writing achievements from the very top to beginners eg …
Stand Up if you’ve made the Times Best Seller list this year – Made your first sale – Entered your first contest – Attended conference – Are the Spouse or family member of someone standing…
Until the entire room is on its feet and cheering.
The first time I was part of this, I cried. Then I looked around and thought about how much each writer had achieved in those 12 months, and through their own hard work. I vowed that each year I’d have worked hard enough to add something to my own list of… Stand Up If You Have….
What a wonderful story. I had a similar experience with NJRWA. They used to give carnations out to anyone who had reached a milestone, from finishing a story to submitting to an agent or editor to being published. I don’t know why, but those carnations were real motivators to take it to the next step.
So, I’m sure your nightstand holds a novel or two. What’s your favorite Romance and why?
All Amanda Quick’s books take pride of place on my ‘Keeper’s shelf because I adore the energy and inventiveness of the early Victorian era she writes about and because her heroines are always out of synch with the rest of the world. These heroines’ differences entice heroes with their own peculiarities, and despite inevitable and frequent clashes between the two strong personalities, the author makes it clear from the moment the two cross paths that the hero knows he’s doomed. Helpless to resist her attractions, and despite his valiant efforts to retain control, he willingly accepts his fate.
Ah, so romantic!
Agreed! Do you have any other thoughts/advice on pursuing publication?
As you can see by number 3, my only advice is work hard. Write as often as possible, read as much as you can, get involved in the industry.
Great pointers! Thanks so much for being here Suzi!
One commenter will receive a copy of each book in Beau Monde author Candice Hern’s Regency Rakes Trilogy.