Power of a Writer

Last month, I, along with my Diamond State Romance Author Ladies, had the privilege of sharing a meal and conversation with Sylvia Day. Of course, I puzzled over what to wear. What to say. What questions to ask. Aside from being an International and New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels, she is President of the Romance Writers of America and a former Russian linguist for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence. Awesome, right?


Sylvia did not disappoint. With my attention so enthralled in the wealth of knowledge flowing from her mouth, my meal got cold and only half eaten. I love to eat. Portabella burger with sweet potato fries. My mouth waters thinking of it. However, the message I gleaned from listening to Sylvia answer questions filled me more than the burger ever could.

Here are her wise words in a nutshell:

Educate yourself. Write the best you possibly can. Make it a point to know what is happening in the publishing industry. The relationship between writer and publisher should be MUTUALLY beneficial. In contract negotiations, ask for what you believe your work deserves. Most importantly, think about how this contract will affect your next contract and your career. Be willing to say, “No.”

Writers mold words to form worlds. With these words and in these worlds we evoke the full spectrum of emotion. Words and emotions are powerful. Ergo, writers can wield great power.

So, write well. Use your power for good. Believe in your worth!

A million thanks, Sylvia Day, for taking the time to eat and talk with me and my wild writer friends! You fit right in!

Piping Hot Prints

Wild at Heart Volume I and Wild at Heart Volume II are now available in print on Amazon!! These collections of multiple authors’ short stories captivate the imagination, soothe the soul, and benefit the residence of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, AR. TCWR provides a lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected “Big Cats.”

Please remember, these animals both majestic and intriguing should never be kept as pets. In the wild they regularly roam twenty miles in a day, hunt live game and forcibly defend their territory against encroachers.

Though soft and sleek, they are not made for cuddling. Though acrobatic and agile, they are not made to preform.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is wonderful. Wouldn’t it be better, if they weren’t necessary? What if circuses, breeders, and regular citizens respected the wild in these creatures? What if people around the world respected and protected their habitats?

Maybe then they would be preserved in their natural habitats for our children and their great grandchildren.

Until that time, TCWR is here providing eight to twelve hundred pounds of meat, habitats, and healthcare daily to the more than 100 “big cats” they have rescued.

Read a book and help out a “big cat” at the same time. 100% of the proceeds go to TCWR to aid in the care and feeding of their rescues.