Silvia Violet

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Blogging At TRS Blue Today

Apr 14, 2011 Filed under: guest blogger, web event, werewolf, writing

Hop over to the TRS Blue blog and read about my writing process and how Savage Wolf turned it upside down: http://trsblue.blogspot.com/2011/04/protect-and-serve-savage-wolf-by-silvia.html

Writing Update

Jan 27, 2011 Filed under: writing

I’ve turned in Revision, the sequel to “Stranger Than Fiction”, to my editor. Yay!

Now I’m going to focus on Seduction of the Captain, a novella  set in the same world as Surrender in the Dark and Submission on the Run. I’m excited about returning to the world of the Lalatians. Those Lalatian dominants think up such hot things to torment and pleasure their lovers 🙂

Once I finish that up, I’ll return to working on Stallion’s Battle, continuing Raya and Calder’s story from “Stallion’s Gambit” and “Stallion’s Summer“. Horse shifters are so much fun!!

Favorite Writing Books

Jan 23, 2011 Filed under: reading, writing

I’ve spent the last week revising a novella. Turning my wild first draft into something polished and cohesive always makes me ponder the mysteries of the writing process. I thought I’d share the three books that have been most helpful to me in solving these mysteries.

Bird by Bird by Anne LaMott – There are many gems of advice in this book. Here’s one of my favorites: “Writing a first draft is very much like watcing a Polaroid develop. You can’t -and, in fact, you’re not supposed to – know exactly what the picture is going to look like until it has finished developing.”

On Writing by Stephen King – I fell in love with Stephen King’s straightforward, simple advice like “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot” and “Adverbs, like the passive voice, seem to have been created with the timid writer in mind.”

The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop by Stephen Koch – My favorite part of this book is the section on revising. After writing several stories I got the hang of writing my way through the first draft without stopping to revise. I knew I had to get the story on the page as quickly as I could, but once it was there, I didn’t know what to do with it. This book helped me figure out what revising was really all about.


Countdown: Researching the Regency

Feb 10, 2008 Filed under: historical, writing Tags: , , , , ,

Two Days Until the Release of A Persistent Attraction

Here are some of the resources I use frequently for Regency era research:

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool
Our Tempestuous Day: A History of Regency England by Carolly Erickson.
The Prince of Pleasure and His Regency by J.B. Priestly
Life in the English Country House by Mark Girouard
English Landed Society in the 19th Century by F.M.L. Thompson

The Regency Collection
Regency England
Republic of Pemberly
Online Etymology Dictionary

Countdown: A Persistent Attraction in the Making

Feb 6, 2008 Filed under: historical, writing Tags: , , , , ,

6 days left until the release of A Persistent Attraction. I’ll be here every day for the next week counting down the days and posting excerpts and Regency info. Every time you comment, your name is thrown into the hat to win a book from my backlist so join in the fun.

A Persistent Attraction is the sequel to A Carnal Agreement and I am thrilled to be able to share both of these books with my readers. This series has been a long time in the making. I wrote the first book seven years ago when I was teaching high school. I would snatch time to write during my planning period when I should have been grading papers and in the evenings while I sat drinking shot after shot of espresso and my husband typed away on his dissertation. When it was finished I submitted it to several publishers. I got several encouraging personal rejection letters, but no takers.

Even though I hadn’t found a home for book one, Rhys and Amanda called for me and I knew I had to write their story, so I started it in 2003, when I was pregnant with my first child. I wrote as quickly as I could, but some complications in my third trimester prevented me from finishing it before the baby came. I took a writing hiatus for almost a year and I focused on a sci fi novella when I started back to work, so Rhys and Amanda’s story stayed unfinished.

Then in 2005, I decided to revise A Carnal Agreement. I was overjoyed when it was accepted by Samhain. As soon as my writing schedule allowed, I wanted to finish book 2, but once I again, I found myself trying to complete and revise it when I was pregnant. I had two chapters left when my second child was born, but this time, I jumped write back into writing and wrote whenever I could, sometimes when I was awake with the baby in the middle of the night. I feel such relief that it’s done and ready for readers. Rhys is one of my favorite heroes and I can’t wait for you to get a hold of him.

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