MS Spencer writes suspenseful romances set in exotic locales. Today on the MS Spencer Tale Spinner blog, I discuss my own first attempts at writing suspense. I also reflect on the person whose intriguing origins inspired Turning the Tides‘ heroine, Lee Cooper.
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When I finished the last chapter of my novel, I thought the hard work was behind me.
I had no idea.
When a debut author signs a publishing contract, she agrees to direct the marketing of her work. A person who’s more comfortable sitting alone in a dark room, tapping out tales by the dim light of a computer screen, must transform herself into an expert self-promoter.
She’s advised to develop a website, a blog presence, a Facebook author page, a Twitter account, an Amazon author page, a platform on Goodreads…and that’s just for starters. For a technologically stunted hermit like me, the prospect of launching so many social media sites was enough to make me consider calling the whole thing off.
Enter Christine Hyde.
She’s been my friend for many years, supporting me and cheering me on whenever I needed bolstering. She took my hand and led me through the challenges of initiating each platform, setting up the accounts and pages so all I needed to do was step onstage. While much more technologically savvy than I am, she still had to spend hours of her busy life teaching herself the ins and outs of a less familiar system.
That was never more true than when she developed this trailer. She pored through free music samples, careful not to break any copyright laws. For days she searched for just the right shots to capture Sophia looking sweet and sexy. (“If I die right now,” she texted me one morning, “you’d better explain to people why my search history is full of boobs, butts, lingerie, and sexy lady back.”)
Please enjoy this trailer of A Leap of Faith, produced by the talented Christine Hyde.
I’m thrilled to announce the release date of my debut novel with The Wild Rose Press, A Leap of Faith, on June 8!
Two years ago, I reconnected with an old college friend. After years of unsatisfying employment, she’d followed her dreams and was now making her living creating and teaching ceramics. Twenty years into motherhood and teaching, I was inspired by her success to follow a new fork in the road myself.
I decided to write a love story for a friend who richly deserved a happy ending. A Leap of Faith is her story, highly fictionalized but with the same loving person at the center of the drama.
Kayla and Matt were the friendliest couple I’ve ever met.
Not just to other people, but to each other. They were in their early 30’s, with two small kids and a home business. They laughed at each others’ jokes, finished each others’ sentences, ate off of each others’ plates.
A little sickening, right? Especially for those of us married for years to husbands who migrate to their gender cluster at every social gathering.