Wednesday, April 30, 2008

When to blog and When to write

When I started this blog I was determined to post every day.
An interesting topic, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Promotion for myself or fellow authors on Tuesday and Thursday.
A joke and two quotes on Saturday.

I was a good girl for three weeks and delivered what I promised. But life has its way of throwing obstacles and stopping our best intentions. I was sick and too tired to post, and then there was the RT convention and the excitement of seeing so many friends.

After a lot of thinking, I've decided to be wise and limit my blog to one or two postings a week. I will post on Monday and maybe on Thursday.

Before moving into any discussion I have some news to share with you.


My debut book received three reviews and a superb fan letter sent to my publisher Cerridwen Press. Here is the fan letter:

Dear Editor:

"To Love a Hero" is indeed a thrilling and fascinating story. The author has succeeded in selecting a subject that had captivated the attention of the world at large: the catastrophe of Chernobyl and its aftermath. This disaster has enhanced the appeal of the novel, which I read with a great deal of interest. The importance of the issue, the clear style, the fluidity of the story and the dialogue among the diverse characters are just a few of the reasons that have highlighted the quality of this novel.

Mona Risk has succeeded in demonstrating in no uncertain terms, that love knows no frontier or nationality. She has also made a strong statement that scientific intellect is not governed by age and is not solely dominated by man. In a subtle, yet emphatic manner, the author has been able to assign a strong character to heroine to thwart an archaic neutrality that disparages the intellectual abilities of the woman in society.

In spite of the conflicts, the skirmishes and the struggle for supremacy between the two great powers, Mona Risk has succeeded in weaving a lavish love story. The reader becomes so involved and carried away by the plot that he finds it difficult to put the novel down without pursuing the story to its conclusion.

Oh wow. Coming from R. Gorlinsky, our publisher, the letter had me jump and down.

TO LOVE A HERO received three reviews from:

Two Lips Review: 4.5 lips Mona Risk tells a poignant yet beautiful and sweet story of two people falling love, who must fight their attraction, knowing that Cecile is only there for a short time. This is a different world for Cecile, in a place where women have little say in politics, nor do they hold a "man's" job… To Love A Hero is a first for Ms. Risk. This is a story readers will enjoy.

Review Your book: 4 stars. To Love a Hero has a complex plot. There are twists and turns that the reader will not expect. Mona Risk is a talented author. She knows how to weave intrigue and romance into her story. The characters are well-developed. Sergei and Cecile play well together. Roussov is the perfect antagonist. Fans of romance and suspense will enjoy To Love a Hero.

Literary Nymphs Review: 3 nymphs. The physical and emotional connection between the two main characters is strong. Author Risk has presented an interesting tale of passion and politics.

And now the great news about my coming book, FRENCH PERIL.
I have a release date, June 19, 2008 and an ISBN 978 1419917189.

Writing is good, uplifting but sometimes depressing. Rewarding and yet frustrating.
But a writer can’t stop writing no matter what.

I write when I’m happy because I want to share my stories.
I write when I’m depressed because my stories make me forget reality and soothe me.
I write when I’m lonely because my hero and heroine keep me company and fill my life.
I write when I’m excited because my muse flies and won’t be denied.
I write all the time.

And when I don’t write I read what other authors write.

Fellow writers, is writing a passion that consumes you?

And what about our readers can they stop reading?


Charlene Leatherman said...

I write cause it seems that I have to. When I don't write for any length of time I tend to go crazy.

Besides, I just write what the voices in my head tell me! LOL

Good blog Mona.

Mona Risk said...

Exactly, Charlene. I hear those voices, even when I'm traveling or in vacation, even before I sleep. Sometimes, I dream about my next scene.

Regina Carlysle said...

Hey, great post and it occurs to me that sometimes we can be waaaay too hard on ourselves. I told myself I'd blog every day too and now I have TWO blogs that are sadly neglected instead of just ONE. I know I should do better but writing just has to come first.


Hot Ash Romance Novels said...

HI Mona,

I'm in awe of writers who can blog, write, answer a gazillion emails each day, juggle busy lives, jobs, kids... Gaaa! I get dizzy just thinking about it.

I can't blog as often as I should and provide my fans with the funny fresh stories they love to read. I hope they'll forgive me knowing I'm doing my best to give them what they really want.


Katie Reus said...

I blog once, maybe twice a week b/c I love that connection w/ other writers, and of course readers. I write becaue I have to. The voices in my head would drive me crazy otherwise. :)

jean hart stewart said...

Good blof, Mona. I think we all are so pressed for time it's hard to decide what to do next. Would love to link with your blogsite...Jean

Unknown said...

No - it's not a passion. It's what I do...and I blog everyday as I can talk under wet cement with a mouthful of marbles

Molly Daniels said...

Great reviews, Mona:) Congratulations!

Sometimes I feel I must write or I will burst. I can always tell when the time is right because the words literally pour from my fingetips...usually at inopportune times, lol:)

Georgie Lee said...

I try and write every day because it is the only way to meet my personal goals. Blogging I try to do at least once a week. Some weeks I'm a better blogger than others. I admire people who can write long, well prepared blogs about great subjects.

Mona Risk said...

Regina, one of your blogs, Oh Get a Grip has becone a favorite of mine. I made a list of the blogs I love to read. There are about twelve. Honestly I can't visit them all every day, but I try to post a comment at least twice a week. I don't want any of my friends to feel neglected. I blog on two other blogs, Pink Fuzzy Slippers, once or twice a month, and the very popular Writers at Play, that gets 500 hits a day. Today we have an HQ editor interviewed. You may want to visit. It's only mid morning and there are at least 55 comments.

Mona Risk said...

Ash, what a pleasure to have you here. We need you to write more of those hilarious stories I like so much. Okay I admit I'm a big fan.

Mona Risk said...

Katie, I agree with you. Once the voices talk, shout and scream, you have to obey them and start writing.

Jean, I would love to link with you. Send me you blogsite at

Mona Risk said...

Bless your mouth AJ. With cement and sarcasms, it's a wonderful mouth. Your blog is an indispensable vitamin for me. I need it to smile, laugh and make fun of myself.

Mona Risk said...

Molly, thanks for the congrats. I've learned to accept reviews for what they are. One more opinion about my work. Opinions can be subjective. I don't let them affect my writing and my life anymore.
Write when you want and blog when you can. Blogging should not be a duty but part of the fun.

Mona Risk said...

Georgie I do the same: write every day and blog once or twice a week.

Phoenix said...

Yay you!!

That letter was amazing. What a great honor to have something from someone who is gifted in science and expression offer up commendation. Wow!

Anny Cook said...

I write because that's what I do. I blog everyday because it's an opportunity to write. Very nice blog, Mona.

Sandra Cox said...

Way to go, Mona! Wonderful crits and a fan with taste. Hope you are now on the mend and in the grip of inspiration.