I'm really excited to welcome Kitty Bardot to my Guest Author slot.
Kitty Bardot juggles a life full of excitement and love. By day, she's a chef with her own catering company, by night she puts tens years of burlesque experience to use in various venues in the Quad Cities. She writes from her country home not far from the Mississippi River, enjoying every moment with her husband and their three children. Currently, she is working on her next Burlesque River story. Check out Kitty's Amazon page
Thanks so much for sharing a little of your story Kitty. Best of luck with the book.
'5 Things to Look Out for When Choosing a Writer's Coach
As social creatures, we all thrive when we are part of a herd. We seem to fit more easily in our own skin when we have a circle of friends, no matter how big or small that circle is. We all need to be accepted, and not judged when we mess up.
As writers, we tend to huddle over our keyboards, pecking away, drowning in coffee (or maybe green tea) and relying on our own reserves of resilience, perseverance and motivation to get that story out of our heads and on to the page. This at a time when the market is swamped with writers, storytellers and authors competing for attention from discerning and savvy readers.
But what if there was someone in your corner ? Someone who you could trust with your germ of an idea, who could help you turn it into a plot, and wave those damm pompoms from the sidelines, as you rip up that word count and hit ‘The End’ ?
We could all do with someone like that, right ? Place an add on social media, and you’ll be swamped with private messages, offering so much choice, and the odd nude photo. So here’s my Top 5 Tips to help you sort the wheat from the chaff :
How to choose the right name for the right era?
It took me until a third of the way through book 2 of a series of 6 to begin to think ‘is this for real?’. It was fiction, of course it wasn’t real! The problem wasn’t the storyline, the writing or grammatical mistakes (there were no errors!), the lead male character was someone most romance readers would like to meet…
The problem was the main female characters name. There it is. Something so simple. This is what nearly made me stop reading, and not go on to buy the remaining 4 books. To say it was a mouthful is an understatement. To say it was unlikely is nearer the mark. It was out of era. This played on my mind as I began write my current book. It just kept bugging me. How could I avoid the same mistake?
So, I did some research. First, I came across the Top 10 Most Popular Baby Names for 2019 (for babies born in the UK). The most popular name for baby girls was Olivia, and weirdly, it was Oliver for boys. Next, I found some great information produced by the Department of Social Security and found that the most popular name for baby girls since 1900s until 1960s (yes! 60 years!) was Mary. I wasn’t surprised, and secretly pleased, as I love this name. I was fascinated when this trend wasn’t repeated in the boys’ names. For the same period, John, Robert, James and Michael were all the most popular for differing lengths of time.
So, if you’re writing about main characters who were born in the 1900s, John and Mary might be good main character names; if they were born 30 years later, Robert and Mary would be a wise choice, and if they were born in 1960, Michael and Lisa might suit. You can find the whole list here: https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/top5names.html
There’ll be no jumping out of helicopters. No blowing up buildings. No drinking martinis. No walking out of the sea in my swimsuit. Because I’m not James Bond. But I've added a photo of Daniel Craig anyway.
But sometimes I AM Lyndy Hughes. Like many writers I decided to write under a pen name. (Even that is sometimes a nom de plume.) Why? Well, my books are raunchy romance and where I live, simply EVERYONE has an opinion they feel they have a right to share.
So, there you have it. I have confessed. I’ve lightened my burden. Now to get on with some writing.