Let me tell you it’s hot in Virginia. So you’d think we’d have enough sense not to travel to Florida in June. But our teenagers graduated this year and we took then to Florida for a graduation present. Spending four days at Universal Studios nearly did me in.
I returned home to Virginia just in time to put the final touches on my newest release. I’m very proud of my latest book, Through the Eyes of Bea.
As an author of sizzling romance, Bea’s story was far different from anything I’ve done. I became enmeshed in life events regaled to me upon several occasions and decided I needed to write this heart-wrenching saga.
Life is an interesting journey. We never know what’s in store for any of us. As a child, Bea had no idea her life would take such a drastic turn, yet with struggle and sacrifice, she overcame the challenges she faced. Abandoned by her mother, she had to take on the added responsibility of raising her siblings. Then her father brought a woman into their home making Bea and her siblings’ daily existence one of survival. The more I spoke with Bea, the more entangled I became in her story.
“Through the Eyes of Bea” contains memories of incidents during a time when certain happenings were hushed, not talked about, never mentioned. Not like today when anything goes and everything is accepted. Happy times and sad times, I was deeply touched, and wanted to share this emotional experience.
How did I become an author? Having a full time job and taking care of a family, my outlet was reading a good romance. Once I found historical romance novels, I couldn’t put a book down. I fell in love with the characters and needed to know their happy ending. Then I decided to pursue a writing career of my own.
In the first book of my historical romance One and Only series, The Right One, Katherine’s brother is missing. Book two, The True One, is Stephen’s story—why he was gone for two years, what happened to him, and a love story all his own. Book three, The Only One features a duke. Giles was introduced in the first book as Morgan’s best friend. In the second book, he is asked to rescue Kat’s brother, Stephen.
All of my books have a beginning and a romantically satisfying end for my characters. Nothing is left hanging. My first contemporary romance book was Something More. Infatuation and excitement spark a journey of passion and forbidden emotion where Matthew and Carrie must overcome their earlier convictions to find an everlasting love. In A Hero Grinch for Christmas, Dani will not allow Hunter, The Grinch, to hide from Christmas.
I’m very excited about my latest book, Through the Eyes of Bea. Bea’s story is for all book lovers and a good read for any time of the day. I’m so proud of this book, and so pleased to be able to present it to Bea on her birthday.
I get a lot of joy from creating new characters and bringing them together in a romantic tale with a bit of humor and active scenes. I sincerely hope all my readers receive as much joy reading my books as I do writing them.
Based on a True Story
How could a mother distribute her children across the county and then just walk away?
That was the question burning in Bea’s mind. All she could do was watch as her mother shattered her family and then just left. Bea may have been the oldest, but at thirteen, she was still a child. And now it was up to her to take care of her five siblings.
Through struggle and sacrifice, Bea embraced her unchosen responsibility. When her father brought in a cruel, selfish woman who didn’t like children, Bea’s undertaking became one of survival.
Bea’s story begins in 1925, during a time when things were hushed, private, hidden. Heart-wrenching memories of the incidents that happened in her home, and how she and her siblings prevailed. An accounting of grief, sorrow, strength, endurance and love in an era when America was struggling.
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I’ve changed my mind so many times within the process, my head should be spinning.
Allowing the characters to take over is how book 2 and 3 came to be in my historical series.
OMG How many words, or chapters have I deleted. Once I finally finished my first historical, my 130,000 word MS was cut down to 85,000 words. I thought I was cutting out my heart. But it made a better story.
A critique partner read two chapters of one of my ‘WIP’. She showed me the possibilities of brain storming, and the book could have gone in so many directions. I finally chose one path and published my latest book, “A Hero Grinch for Christmas”.
Boy can I relate to this. I needed a break from edits and decided to write just to be writing and wrote a chapter in modern day involving two girls going on a cruise and meeting men. My first contemporary was born.
~ By Samanthya Wyatt
I must admit, when I started writing I had no idea what GMC meant. So I took a workshop and learned that if you want to write a story and you want to be published, your story must have GMC or you’re sunk.
GMC brings your characters to life, makes them real, and moves the story forward. The more you know your characters, the more memorable they become. My goal has always been to bring the reader into the story and get them involved with the characters. GMC is the key. Each major character has their own goal, their own motivation, and usually resolving a conflict is what brings the hero and heroine to a satisfying conclusion.
What are these three things?
Since this is not a workshop, I am giving a summary regarding GMC, instead of going into deeper detail. I cannot express enough how the GMC workshop helped me as a writer. Helped me to understand what could make a good story great.
Challenges and obstacles keep our characters from reaching their goals, and hindrances make for a suspenseful story. Could make a heartbreaking story. Our characters will work harder, survive those hurdles, maybe even deal with heartache and pain. When a reader knows what drives our hero and heroine, they get deeper into the story, become involved, and cheer the characters on. Even get mad when obstacles are thrown at them. The reader wants so bad for our characters to achieve their goal.
How to achieve this? Get to know your characters. You can do a character sheet, but one idea is using a GMC worksheet.
I use excel. But if you’re not familiar with excel, you can still do a breakdown. Do one section for the hero and one for the heroine. If you want, you can do other important characters, maybe a villain if there is one (the other woman who is always causing trouble).
Hero / Heroine – break down in three parts: Goal-Motivation-Conflict. He will have an external goal and an internal goal. Here is where it gets tricky and why I suggest you take a GMC class. As a fresh writer, it took me a while to figure out the difference. Once it finally clicked, I developed a new understanding of creating my books. So much easier when you have the knowledge of how things work.
Filling out a GMC worksheet helps to solidify the characters and sometimes forms a plot. If you already have a plot, it can change the course of your story. More obstacles, scrapes, skirmishes, all sorts of brainstorming ideas.
A final note, GMC will add depth to your characters. Take it from me, if you understand your characters, it will be much easier to write their movements and make their actions more believable. The more you know their goals and why they need this goal, why they act the way they do, you will be able to show more depth in your writing.
Keep the Spirit!
Author of sizzling romance, Samanthya Wyatt currently has books published in contemporary and historical romance. She married a military man, traveled and made her home across the US and abroad, and now lives in the Shenandoah Valley. She loves the beach, her favorite color is blue, has a weakness for vanilla ice cream, and a book is a constant companion.
“Hello everyone. I write hot, sizzling romance. Even though my first love is historical, I also write contemporary romance. I signed my first contract with Soul Mate Publishing in 2013. Since then I’ve had three books published and two more coming out this year. I have a “Rakes Carpe Diem Series” planned. After those, I have a Fireman Series planned. Who doesn’t love a hunky fireman? My morning usually starts off with coffee in bed—hmmm, you say. Hubby knows how to deliver a cup of coffee to get my morning started off just right. Then I go to my writing cave and greet the world.”
“Oh Goodie. I’ve just started working on a ‘Rakes Carpe Diem Series’. The men of their ranks are plummeting. Four healthy blooded men, who cringe at the very thought of marriage, know someday they each must face their own nuptials. But before they do, the vow to be the most notorious rakehells of England. But Book 3 in my ‘One and Only Series’ is due to be released in October.”
OMG. What to pack. What to take. Business Casual — but you saw everything. My suggestion, dress for comfort. Something nice and comfortable shoes for LOTS of walking. Something Very Nice or Formal for the ceremonies. Sequins are not necessary unless you are winning an award. But you’ll fit in perfectly if you decide glamour is for you.
The Soul Mate Publishing Gang! Thank you Debby for dinner and a fun evening.
I found some great workshops, but several of the ones I wanted were already full. Sitting on the floor, standing room only, or could not even get in the door. Good thing there were other choices. My very favorite author Jude Deveraux
I met so many amazing authors. And I enjoyed the Publishing House’s author signings.
Learned some great tips on all sorts of material.
Starbucks made a mint off of the authors! Chuckles. And I stayed wired, but crashed in bed each night when my head hit the pillow.
Time’s Square was – different. Every dress up character available for a picture My friend went to take her photo with the statue of liberty guy,
“I work for money!” He said !
Loved walking the streets and seeing the sights. Lots of shops,
Back to the Conference. Golden Heart and Rita Awards. People don’t believe the grandeur of the ceremony, when I mention it is just like Hollywood Oscar and Grammy awards.
For those of you who have not been, the first time for a RWA author is an eye opener experience. If you get the chance to go — GO ! Have a great day ! And remember . . .