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Why I Write

coffee-2306471_1920Biggest reason: I write because I enjoy reading so much, but more on that later. 🙂

I write because it feels good to let my muse run wild. And I don’t have to be perfect–not on the first go. I can write and rewrite a scene until it works. I can put better words in my characters’ mouths and give them stronger motivations. Stronger hearts.

I write because I love to play with words and with plots. An English major to the end, I can’t help deconstructing movies and books. There’s a thrill that comes with uncovering metaphors, themes, and more that I hope to reproduce for my readers.

I write because I hope. That’s the essence of romance–that Happily Ever After.

My first exposure to romance was through fairy tales. I love the darker nature of true fairy tales along with the magic, adventure, and happy endings. Later, I got a taste of romance in novel form including my gateway drug to paranormal romance, L.J. Smith’s Soulmate. (Love you L.J.!) There were also the Harlequins poorly hidden in the back of the family closet and romantic movies from Disney to Dirty Dancing.

I write because I love where I live. Maybe I’m partial because I’m from NJ, but there is so much change over the landscape here. It’s more than the variations over the shore, farmlands, mountains, and cities. It’s the local color and how local–how different it can be from town to town. It’s gorgeous, white-sand pine trails and moldering, ancient, abandoned cinemas. There is darkness to my writing and the alternate Jersey (names changed to protect the innocent, etc., etc.), but it’s infused with splashes of light. With color. With hope and the strange and, of course, magic. I love to play with fantasy, tropes, atmosphere, desires, geek life, grit, and the Jersey world I grew up in to create something entirely new.

Finally, I write because I think there is a place in this world for every strange little story. There are many goals tied into writing for me, but the biggest by far is to connect with an audience who wants this mix of darkness and light in their books. I believe in happy endings and write them, but there’s nothing saccharine about then ends of my stories. Instead, I write endings that make sense with the characters and the story world. Sacrifices are made and happiness is earned.

I would consider myself incredibly lucky to connect with readers who would love romance, world-building, and the way that I twist it all together. Maybe one day. 😉

 

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Winter Update!

imageHey everyone!  So excited–logging on today, I see that my blog just rounded 800 followers!  I’m feeling guilty because I haven’t been on as often lately, but I’ve been working on a couple of projects that make my heart siiiiiiing!

BENEATH US took second place in the YA division of the Golden Claddagh Contest. 🙂  I had an amazing time building this book’s dark world and tangling my quirky characters in its problems.  I’ve got my fingers crossed that maybe this book will be “the one.”

I recently began revisions on my New Adult WIP, and I don’t know how I ever lived without Scrivener!  I don’t compose in the program, but it helped me to plan much more carefully so that the revision of this book will go faster than any of my previous projects.  I also incorporated Michael Hauge’s story structure and other planning tips I’ve picked up over the years into the pre-writing stage.  In drafting, I owe a lot to Margie Lawson’s workshops which helped me to tune up the visceral and literary elements.  I’m holding back on details about the book itself (the title is still eluding me!) and thought it was completely nuts while writing it.  But now, as I’m looking back, I’m feeling like: Yesssssss.  This.

I’ve also been catching up on my reading, the most amazing of which in the past few weeks has been: Shatter Me, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Isla and the Happily Ever After.  Reviews to come!

What have you been up to??

Michelle Joyce Bond

 

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End of Summer Reading Spree

imageDo forgive–lack of posts due to continuous unabashed reading.

Books of note include:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky — A classic not to be missed!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins — Humorous, adorable, and romantic.  Seriously, why is this not yet a movie?   

And my favorite of the week that made me laugh out loud in an airport and totally freak out the family next to me: Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Happy end-of-the-summer reading,

Michelle Joyce Bond

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Countdown to Carousel: My Year-to-30 “Bucket List”

imageI’ll be turning 29 this week, but aside from planning a huge Logan’s Run themed party (due to take place a year from now), I haven’t given much thought to what I’ll do with my last green year.  So, here goes my abbreviated goodbye-to-my-roaring-twenties “bucket list.”

1. recline in a random field of authentic wildflowers

2. swim in another ocean

3. network with more writers, getting to know them and their work

4. read a ton of excellent books–can’t stop adding to my Goodreads list!

5. maybe–hopefully–get on the road to publication with my last book (in which I play with time)

6. write the fun, cynical, existential, paranormal romance I just started (in which I play with space)

7. write a ton of awesome curriculum

8. make life-long readers and writers out of some young minds

9. get out of the country and see something amazing

10. stop…and look around

What do you think?  Anything I should add?

By the way, if you’ve never seen the 70s cult classic Logan’s Run, look it up.  It’s one of those movies that, at times, is so bad it’s good, but it’s concept is one that always stuck with me.  In the simplest terms, Logan is a ” sandman” who lives in a post-apocalyptic, dome city.  His job it is to kill people over the age thirty who don’t willingly self-destruct at “carousel.”  See it!

Michelle Joyce Bond