We are a group of friends who came together over the years through different writing groups. We are published and yet-to-be-published. We are romance writers, suspense writers, paranormal writers, women's fiction writers from the east, west, Midwest United States and South Africa. We come from different age groups, different generations, even different cultures. But we have two things in common.
The will to write. And the need for frequent inspiration.
The idea for the Write Attitude site originated in the fall of 2007, during one of our online conversations about the need for an uplifting, motivating resource for writers across genres. What began as plans for an inspirational video blossomed into what is now a full writers' resource website. We hope you'll find something here to light a spark inside you.
New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan has published six romantic thrillers with six more in the pipeline. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel said of Speak No Evil that Allison “will do for online chat rooms what Psycho did for showers,” and RT Book Reviews called her newest release, Fear No Evil, “Brennan’s best book to date.”
In 2008, watch for her novella in the supernatural romantic suspense anthology What You Can’t See; a short story in a crime anthology edited by Lee Child in February; and her “prison break” trilogy starting with Killing Fear in April. Killing Fear is followed by Silent Scream in September and Dying Breath in early 2009.
A former consultant in the California State Legislature, Allison lives in northern California with her husband Dan and their five kids.
Born in London and brought up in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, reading and writing have always been my passions. My parents gave me a typewriter for my birthday when I was about twelve to write my stories on, and I have been able to type two-handed and at speed ever since.
My debut novel, ILLUMINATIONS, is scheduled for release by Gallery Books in Spring 2011, and its sequel, BRILLIANCE, in Fall 2011. The books are set in the court of Henry VIII and are based loosely on the life of artist and illuminator, Susanna Horenbout, and her husband, John Parker.
I currently live on the west coast of Australia with my husband and two small children.
In her pre-kids life, Amy worked for two major metropolitan newspapers. Seven years in the business was enough to convince her that the corporate world wasn’t her happy place, so when her first son was born, she was lucky enough to quit her job and stay home with him.
While diapers and daily use of reverse psychology were challenging, Amy’s imagination wandered. Two months after her second son was born, a good friend dared her to begin pursuing a lifelong dream of becoming a published author. Four years later, Amy achieved her goal, selling a manuscript to Harlequin Superromance. Her latest books, the first three in her Texas Firefighters series, will be released in July, August and September 2010.
Amy lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two sons, and five cats. She graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in French and journalism and feels lucky to use very little of either one in her writing career. She enjoys reading, buying books (a hobby in itself), traveling, playing addictive computer games, and watching college basketball.
Born and raised in Southeastern Wisconsin, Liz is number eight of ten kids. Reading and writing became her escape. Somewhere she can let her imagination free rein ... and somewhere to get away from her brothers and sister. She feels like she's been writing her entire life. She discovered romances in her late teens but after reading countless Harlequin categories and historicals, she moved on to science fiction. It wasn’t until five or six years ago when she found paranormal romances that she discovered what she wanted to be when she grows up. A romance writer. Since then, she hasn’t looked back.
She loves the challenge of creating a world, making it real, and then losing herself in it and its characters. Making her readers lose themselves in her worlds is even better. Whether it’s an interplanetary setting, an urban fantasy or a contemporary paranormal, as long as she can make it real in her head, she can make it real on paper.
She still lives in Southeastern Wisconsin with her husband and seven year old daughter. Between working full time as a legal assistant, attending to her family (and pets), and writing ... she manages to keep on top of things, in a manic sort of way.
Liz's first published novel is available from Samhain Publishing.
At the tender age of nine Theresa Monsey penned her first literary masterpiece. Hand printed on quartered scraps of notebook paper, then illustrated with gaudy—although a tad messy—fluorescent crayons (she never did learn how to color within the lines) she sold this work of art at her sister’s lemonade stand for the unimagined amount of . . . one whole dime. Dozens of equally colorful works of art soon followed. During this period, Theresa garnered her first rejection letter. Hand written and personalized, this letter was from one of the top children’s book publishers of that era.
By her early teens, Theresa’s love for animals had blossomed, and the direction of her stories followed suit. Her illustrated books gave way to longer (although still hand-written) tales of animals overcoming various wild and dangerous situations. She received several more personalized rejection letters.
During her late teens, Theresa discovered the oddest, strangest creature of them all....boys!! And her writing took a sudden and sharp shift into romance. During a six-year stint at Western Washington university—where she acquired a Master’s Degree in English Literature, with a concentration in creative writing—she penned two contemporary romances aimed at the category market. Neither book was ever submitted. Thinking back, Theresa doesn’t quite remember why. Oh....wait, yes she does....it had to do with typing, which she was very bad at. This was before the advent of our wonderful computers.
After her graduation from WWU, Theresa penned several more romances, but none of them survived the typewriter. The first romance she actually submitted for publication (written with the aid of the very first personal computer) coincided with her thirtieth birthday. But it took ten more years before she was ready to take that final, irrevocable step and commit to a career in writing.
Although currently unpublished, Theresa is getting closer each day. As a finalist and winner of numerous contests, her work is receiving interest from both agents and editors alike. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, with two golden retrievers and an orange butterball of a cat she rescued from the human society.
LaDonna Paulette lives in TN, and enjoys writing novels about small, Southern towns and the people who live there. Her debut novel, BUTTERFLY WISHES, will be an Spring 2008 release from Tiger Publications. She shares her life with her husband, Randy, and their two grown daughters and families. Her four grandchildren are a constant source of joy. Living life to the fullest, and no looking back is her current mantra. She believes that love and hope are the mainstays in life, and that no story is complete without it.
Edie used to call herself a daydreamer, but she was really creating stories. Twenty years ago, she put her first stories on paper. She sold eleven short stories to national mystery magazines. But her dream was holding a book of hers in her hands, so after about five years she concentrated on books. She's also veered into other creative areas--freelance reporter, cartoons, greeting card verses.
She's won writing contests and has gotten close calls--but not The Call. If you're reading this because you're receiving rejections, Edie knows how that feels. She's fortunate to do something she loves, but the writing itself isn't her dream. She still wants to hold that book in her hand. And then another and another and another... She envisions a mountain of them.
Edie resides in Southeastern Wisconsin where she writes women's fiction and paranormal romances about quirky people with attitude. Her husband, cat and dog all have quirks and attitude too
For a long time, controlled chaos ruled Karin's life. Busy mother of four, owner of her own successful business and wife to a street cop, she harbored thoughts of twisting plots and hot romantic scenes. Now, with only one child left at home and hubby retired from law enforcement, Karin pounds out those steamy scenes at her keyboard.
Still semi distracted by the near daily crisis of two daughters living away from home, two sons playing football, one in college and one in high school and her husband, now a successful football coach and co-founder of a football camp (www.linemeninc.com), Karin manages to turn out stories about empowered women and the hot cops who penetrate their lives. A full time writer, Karin draws on a lifetime of stories and backdrops that few outside of the law enforcement community ever see, let alone hear about. Controlled chaos now reins supreme through the pages she writes where hot heroes serve, protect, and pleasure from page one to The End. Karin currently writes for Pocket and Kensington Books.