Author Archives: Terri Patrick

About Terri Patrick

Writer of Romance and Memoir. Life is an adventure, take that journey.

Discovering Austen

I confess – I am reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time and it is my first taste of Jane Austen. This is almost heresy for a romance novelist who has been “in” the world of romance for decades … Continue reading

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Take a Bath. Read a Romance

My bath this morning included Epson Salts as my legs are super wimpy and I’m determined to do some kayaking soon! For me, paddling around bodies of water is a balm for my heart and mind. The NEWS is currently … Continue reading

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The Elements of Character Arcs

Michael Hauge defines the character arc as the emotional journey from identity to essence.  The essence is the inner child, the core of the character who has been wounded through life and now needs to be healed. The identity is … Continue reading

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What I learned as a RITA judge

It was a rite of passage for me to be judging books for the RWA RITA Awards through February. As a member of RWA for thirty years, it really was a thrill to get seven books to read and judge … Continue reading

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Choosing Review Sites and Reader Contests

Historically, publishers sent books for reviews which were then used in publicity campaigns, targeted to booksellers to stock those books. The bookseller used those reviews to entice readers to their store to buy that book, and more. An author today … Continue reading

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Sports widow vs romance widower

T’is the season for football and basketball in our living room. Football was the game of choice in our early years of marriage and I was an avid fan then too. There was one game per week that usually included … Continue reading

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Time and Travel by Terri Patrick

I’m currently on my way home from a twelve day family excursion to and through Yellowstone National Park. I assume I had a great time but I’m writing this to post two days before we leave, so it is scheduled … Continue reading

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In Media, Rest

Blasphemy!  We’re novelists with books to sell and we must be tweeting, posting, blogging… it’s the golden rule of marketing in this digital world. [Myth!] “In medias res” is the golden rule for novelists and storytellers of every venue. It’s … Continue reading

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It’s About A Wedding by Terri Patrick

“It’s about a wedding” is a really a great tagline for promoting a romance novel. Weddings are those rite-of-passage celebrations that emphasize our ingrained desires to be connected to someone special regardless of how fulfilled we may be as an individual. … Continue reading

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Sports and Books

I am a great spectator at most sporting events. I understand the rules and objectives of every game and appreciate the display of athletic ability and teamwork. I am not a fan of any one sport, or team, enough to … Continue reading

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