Inquiring Minds…What do you want to know?

This morning I opened my email to find an email titled: Personal Things

I’ll admit, I get a lot of strange emails that arrive in my inbox. No two are ever the same and a good 25% of the time, I have no idea what to expect when I open it because the subject line is so off-the-wall, vague, or just downright strange. Like this one.

It took a few minutes but because I knew who’d sent it, I did open it.

Then I groaned.

A few friends and I are trying to launch a joint newsletter and in it, my friend decided we needed to have a “personal” article about each of the authors and wanted some personal details to share. Uh huh.

So it left me thinking: What in the heck does anyone want to know about authors other than when will the next book be done?

She’s not looking for marketing techniques or sales rundowns or anything else business related, but things going on in our own lives that make us unique. I’m totally stumped. I have a running list, most of which I’ve mentioned here on this blog from time to time and what she doesn’t include, I’ll post later, but I want to know: What do you (as readers) really want to know about us? What makes us more human to you?

(Note, if you are already on my mailing list, you will NOT be mainstream into this one. It is something entirely different.)

10 thoughts on “Inquiring Minds…What do you want to know?”

  1. Hi Rose!

    We’re in Sandy’s path so I wanted to send a quick reply to your question before we lose power!

    I really appreciate when authors share where they got the inspiration for their story and characters. It helps me to form a mental picture of the characters and make the situation they encounter more meaningful.

    Sorry I couldn’t take more time to let you know more but hoped that much helped!

    1. Be careful and stay safe, Jeanne!

      Did you read my tangled love story that I posted up here a few weeks ago? Most of my inspiration comes from real life, both the romantic and the not-so-romantic. I’ll have to do more posts on this, I think.

  2. Hmmm.. interesting question. I like hearing about what past jobs writers have previously had.. You know, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I think that’s pretty universal. I also like hearing about the successes and failures of writers and how that crafts your writing itself. Or maybe if you
    weren’t writing romance, is there a particular genre you’d like to write instead? Odd quirks can be fun.. (You know.. it’s something you’d never guess about a person just by looking at them or knowing their occupation).. Things like that. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks for the ideas! I’ve shared some of that on here long, long ago and up until a few months ago, I used to put private stuff like that in the backs of my books on my bio pages. I’ll dig some of those out and see what I can come up with.

  3. I like to know where people are. Not the towns but the State. I’m weird though. I think you share a lot of who you are in your blogs and with your stories. And we still love you ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Yeah, I’ve only lost about a dozen or so followers throughout the 20 months I’ve been blogging. Not too bad.

      LOL I don’t really know how many I’ve had unsubscribe, but I do know it’s been a few here and there; generally after I post something risquรฉ.

  4. I think your fans would love to hear about your obsession with cotton balls, your perfect bowling score, and your pet goat… All very interesting ๐Ÿ™‚

    On a serious note, I love your stories that involve Bob and your boys. Before I “met” you, I think I pictured romance writers as sitting in a breezy beach-side bungalow, no cares, no worries… a hero-esque husband and no children running around. You have effectively squashed my dream!

    Bob builds boats and has you tip him over in them, forces you to carry strange objects through airport security for him (that sounds worse than it was…), and almost gets you eaten by cougars (the wild kind, not ladies who like younger men). Your kids provide loads of distractions, and your dog eats your underwear! (All stories that you’ve shared on this blog!)

    I find your normal-ness strangely comforting and infinitely entertaining. I’m pretty sure I’d read your blog even if I hated your books… (which I don’t).

    Ps: Where can we find this new news letter… you said it won’t be sent out to those on your email list.

    1. Shhh… Darah, I thought I told you my obsession with cotton balls was confidential!

      You did forget that I’m a bit of a scatterbrain who forgot her pajamas when going to a writers’ conference, conned a reader into eating Ghost Pepper Salsa, made a toilet overflow and woke my roommate up with the words, “Please, don’t kill me…” Ah, good times…

      The thing is, I do post a lot about Bob and my kids, and sadly that’s not even half of what is usually going on around here. It’s been a while since I told of the sponge story. I think I’ve doubled my readership since then, so maybe I should recycle a few of the older posts when I can’t think of what to write… (Just a thought.)

      Well, I’m glad I could squash your dreams, once people marry they usually go from being called Honey and Darling to “Dream Smasher” and “Joy Squelcher”. I thought those titles would only pertain to my relationship with my husband, but it’s good to know that you, too, see me as just another woman who deals with the same craziness from her spouse and wild adventures regarding her kids. Good to know I ruined the relaxing cabana image you had.

      Oh, and I’m glad you’d read my blog even if you hated my books. That’s very comforting to know! LOL

      RE: the newsletter, I’ll have to get back to you on where to sign up at. I just wanted people here to know that I wasn’t going to take their email address and automatically sign them up for it.

  5. I think it would be cool to learn about the things you have learned while writing your books. What info have you picked up about the Regency, and conduct and such. (sorry for bringing up some memories from reviews from Earl but I am a History Geek so I like this stuff.)

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