by Melissa Kate
I am not part of any romance writers’ communities in South Africa and that’s because I think the genre is pretty small locally. I find that most of our local readers enjoy fantasy type books over a besotted love story. Needless to say, our writers’ communities do exist, albeit in an informal way. I am part of a Facebook Group called the Dragon Writers and this is essentially a group of would be authors (some already published) who on a daily basis, encourage and push each other to get the words on the page. They battle it out with word wars, or simply bounce ideas off each other. No matter what the action, they find a way to uplift and encourage each member and also share information regarding publishing options.
Another group I find inspiring is called Hello Boss Creative and this marvelous bunch of women are simply phenomenal. A group of business minded people, this group share ideas on marketing, social media strategy, how to grow your brand and so much more. Because once you become a published author, you realize that the writing was the easy part. Selling your book is the next challenge.
No matter where you are in your writing journey, figure out what your end goal is and talk to likeminded people who have already achieved or are further in their quest to achieve this… they know what they are doing.
When she’s not furiously tapping away on her laptop, Melissa can be found laughing away with her husband (who happens to be her pre-school sweetheart… you just know there’s a story there) or scouring online stores for additions to her ever growing stiletto collection (ehm addiction).
She balances her day job and conjuring up new romantic tales with a local personal blog with arb ramblings about her life in Durban.
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Melissa's Newest Contemporary Romance: It Had to be You
Oliver didn’t expect to be coupled with Emma. She was in an awkward situation and he couldn’t help the words that came out. She should be grateful, he saved her.
Now the whole town knows. And Emma is pissed! She’s going to kill him.
But a heated argument leads to a fiery moment of passion and suddenly the two are fighting an unlikely attraction that neither saw coming. But Oliver has a secret that could tear them apart…
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