A few weeks ago, a group of ladies approached me about joining a weekly group called Romance Weekly (#LoveChatWrite). The posts are geared for readers who love romance and want a view into a romance author’s world. It works like a round-robin with three questions tossed out and answered each week.
You know me…I’m always up for a peek between the sheets (pun intended)…so I said, “Yes!”
The group is right in the middle of a big giveaway to celebrate their big six month anniversary, so be sure you enter below for a chance to win all kinds of awesome stuff including a 7” Kindle Fire!
The fantabulous author tapping me on the shoulder to kick my answers off today is Sarah Hegger. Her debut release, The Bride Gift, just came out last week, and it’s fantastic. Lords and ladies, knights sparring shirtless where all the women can look on, sexual tension….yep, right up my alley. I forced myself to put it down halfway through last night, but you can bet your booty it’ll be finished before the day’s over.
Our questions come courtesy of Carolyn Spear.
If someone could observe you writing without you knowing they were there, what strange practices might they catch you doing?
You know, this one kind of scares me a little bit. Just a few weekends ago I shared a hotel room with thriller writer extraordinaire, TD Hart, at a writer’s convention in Oklahoma City. Both of us were super excited to have a whole weekend dedicated to our craft, but when it came down to quiet time and actual writing, it got a little awkward. I think my subconscious was afraid I’d make funny faces. Or worse—since I was smack dab in the middle of a sexytimes scene—I’d look…well…hot and bothered.
Thank God, we stayed at an Embassy Suites. I escaped to the front room where I could make whatever funny faces I needed to and ended up writing a scene that made me want a cigarette.
Other than a creative outlet, how does writing benefit you?
It’s time for me. When you’re married with kids and have a full time job, your schedule gets mighty full of stuff for everyone else. The first time I sat down to write, it was to hush that voice in the back of my head. The one that said, “You know, you could do this too,” every time I picked up a book. A bucket list for lack of a better way to say it.
Now it’s what I do for Rhenna. I earn a paycheck, buy the groceries, do the laundry and make sure the homework gets done, but every single day writing puts energy back into Rhenna. The result—a much happier wife, mom, and worker.
How do you feed your muse?
Hmm. That one depends.
First off, my muse is a man.
Mm-hmm. Runs around half wet and naked all the time. And he’s fickle.
Sometimes he just needs to de-stress, so I lure him out to play with a simple glass of wine. Other times he needs a little inspiration. That calls for picking up a book from one of my favorite authors and reading all the juicy parts.
If none of that works, I pull out the big guns—girls night out and road trips!
Just last weekend I went to Eureka Springs, AR with the hubby for a mother’s day retreat. (Hubby is surprisingly tolerant of my muse.) We’d been there a whopping six hours and I got an idea for a whole new series. So, yeah, getting my steamy muse out for some fresh scenery goes a long way at reving his mojo.
Now it’s Carrie Elks’ turn. Go check her out and see how she answers this week’s questions.
And here’s where you jump in for a chance at all our yummy prizes! Good luck!
Collette CameronMay 20, 2014 at 1:36 pm
Hmm, never thought about a male muse. Might prove interesting.
RhennaMay 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm
Sometimes a girl just needs a visual. 😉
JoMay 20, 2014 at 2:26 pm
Love that you put the rafflecopter in there!!! Awesome answers Rhenna! Big love!
RhennaMay 20, 2014 at 2:56 pm
Well, of course! I’m all about free goodies. 🙂
Kim HandysidesMay 20, 2014 at 2:45 pm
Rhenna—I think it’s a good idea you got out of the room when TD Hart was writing—you never know what strange practices a thriller writer might have done (to you)…er
RhennaMay 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm
So true. And if you knew TD she’s have a solid alibi locked up too.
Sarah HeggerMay 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm
I want your muse. If he goes missing, you don’t have to look far. Welcome to the partay, girlie!
Brenda MargrietMay 20, 2014 at 4:01 pm
First – beautiful website!
Second – your muse is hhhhhaaaaaawwwwwwtttttt!
Third – welcome!
RhennaMay 20, 2014 at 4:55 pm
I’ll tell you a secret if you won’t tell my husband….he feels good too. 😛
RhennaMay 20, 2014 at 4:56 pm
Hahahaha I could start a rent-a-muse. Maybe I’ll hire a whole stable! Bet I could write a lot of books then. Or maybe I’d be too busy doing other things…
CJ BurrightMay 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm
I think your muse hangs out with mine…and I’ve been eyeing Sarah Hegger’s book for awhile now. With all that medieval going on, it has to be awesome. 🙂
RhennaMay 20, 2014 at 4:57 pm
Oh, girl. I just finished it. Reminds me a lot of KMM’s highlander stuff, just without all the time travel/paranormal. ‘Nuff said.
Jeana E MannMay 20, 2014 at 4:44 pm
Male muse? Gotta get me one of those!!
RhennaMay 20, 2014 at 4:58 pm
Every girl should have her
Jami DeniseMay 20, 2014 at 7:35 pm
I LOVE YOUR BLOG! Seriously, what a beautiful website! I could hang out all day 😀
I’m with you on the smexy times… I HAVE to be alone. It will instantly kill my mojo is someone is lurking around. Squick!
Great post and welcome !
RhennaMay 20, 2014 at 8:56 pm
Ah, thanks Jami! I gotta say, my web guy hooked me up pretty good.
I guess we’re not much on the exhibitionist side of smexy times, huh? 😛
J.J. DevineMay 20, 2014 at 9:53 pm
Male muse, yummy!!! Loved your blog!!!
RhennaMay 21, 2014 at 4:33 am
Carrie ElksMay 21, 2014 at 4:54 am
I’ve never written in front of another writer before–I think I’d be scared, too. Not least if they wrote twice as fast as me! Great answers and lovely to meet you!