Karen Winter - helping you achieve your romance writing goals by doing the research for you. | Website of the internationally published author of the popular book series Romance Writers' Bookshelf - essential craft books for the serious romance author. | Here you will find valuable writing, marketing, publishing and business resources written specifically for romance authors.
Book Notes - Self-Publishing Attack! | Blog | Karen Winter
Self-publishing Attack! The 5 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws for Creating Steady Income Publishing Your Own Books by James Scott Bell is a quick and easy reading checklist of things to do when you’re about to self-publish your book. He firstly discusses the publishing dream in Part One, and then goes
Story Structure - A Regency Christmas Carol | Blog | Karen Winter
Author: Christine Merrill An analysis of the story using Blake Snyder's Beat Sheet from Save The Cat. Including the story's theme, tropes, hooks and character wounds and flaws.
What’s the difference between Tropes and Story Hooks? | Blog Posts | Karen Winter
Good question! Tropes are basically plot scenarios that we see repeatedly in stories, e.g. friends to lovers, marriage of convenience, secret babies. Regency stories were originally created by Georgette Heyer. A writer will create a plot situation which readers love so much that they keep buying bo
5 Popular Romance Tropes | Blog Posts | Karen Winter
What romance tropes do you enjoy reading the most? Are they the same tropes as those you like to write, or different? Tropes are a fundamental plotting tool for romance authors. Planning stories while keeping tropes in mind (combined with great story hooks) is one of the keys to a long and success
5 Popular Romance Story Hooks | Blog Posts | Karen Winter
Being a fan of historical romance I like stories with a Rake as the hero. If the story is set at a Regency or Victorian house party, then I’m even happier. I also love stories about houses. For example - the heroine inherits an old house from her great aunt, or the hero is renovating a house. (Perhaps the heroine catches him with his shirt off as he’s been work and only wearing a sexy toolbelt over his shorts. **quietly fanning myself here**)
Romance Trope - Secret Baby | Blog Posts | Karen Winter
The Secret Baby romance trope has a central plot that typically involves a baby born out of a relationship between the hero and heroine.
Romance Genres | Blog Posts | Karen Winter
All romance novels have a central love story and an emotionally satisfying ending. Beyond that, however, romances may have any tone or style, be set in any place or time, and have varying levels of sensuality—ranging from sweet to extremely hot. Romance fiction may be classified into various genres
Author Interview - J. Lynn Rowan - The One I'm With | Blog Posts | Karen Winter
This Interview Focuses on Using Romance Tropes and Story Hooks for Plotting. Today I’m interviewing J. Lynn Rowan who writes contemporary and historical romance stories. To get an insight into how a successful author incorporates romance tropes and hooks into her story plot, we’re going to be disc
Author Interview - Toni J Strawn - The Rebound | Blog Posts | Karen Winter
This Interview Focuses On Aspects Of Writing An Alpha Hero. To give you an insight into how an author creates this type of character I’ve asked one of my author friends to tell us about the hero in her latest book, The Rebound . His name is Cole Langford.