Amanda Rescued My Writing Career – Here’s How

Amanda Rescued My Writing Career, but before that was necessary, I would wake up in the morning with an itch to get back to whatever story I was working on at the time. I carried my writing notebook with me everywhere. I even took longer subway routes so I would have more scribbling opportunities between stops. Then, I put my writing notebook aside and hardly remembered where it was.

Before Amanda rescued my writing career, I was despondent. One of my very best friends, my devotion to telling stories, was losing her life right in front of me and I had no idea what to do to save her. Thank heaven I did have enough mind presence left to realize I needed help from an expert and got in touch with a motivational coach. Maybe a professional mojo locator could relocate mine.

To tell you the whole truth, I didn’t really believe it would work. I figured she’d assign me some intriguing creativity exercises. I would complete the exercises, because I’ve always been the kind of student who does the assignment. But, in the end, my motivation to write would continue to be disappeared.

Then we sat down to talk and her first question was this, “Would you mind telling me about your heroine?”

My response was to stare, probably slack-jawed. In the interests of full disclosure yet again, I must admit to you that I had barely thought about Amanda in weeks. FYI – Amanda is the main character of A Time of Fear & Loving – Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Book 5.

Amanda is a widow,” I began, because I needed to say something. Then, I caught myself. I had to qualify that statement. “But she’s tired of being thought of as a widow. She’s ready to come back to life.”

“What kind of life does she want to have now?” Ms. Motivator asked.

I hesitated for a moment before it hit me. I knew the answer to that question as well as I know my own name.

“It’s what she doesn’t want that matters most to her. She doesn’t want to be taken for granted as the always-dependable Miller sister any longer. She wants to break out and become somebody even she doesn’t expect herself to be.”

FYI once more – Amanda’s family owns Miller’s Inn in Riverton NY, and she has two sisters, Bethany and Patrice. We’ve already heard Bethany’s story in Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Book 3 – A Vacancy at the Inn.

I didn’t hesitate again. Detail after detail tumbled out of me, including some I hadn’t previously imagined. There were murders, even a possible kidnapping. I write Romantic Suspense after all. There was Amanda, of course, and Mike and Willow and Justin and the entire Book 5 gang. Every one of them had returned to life demanding that their story must be told.

Meanwhile, most magically, my love of writing had returned with them, and that is how Amanda Rescued My Writing Career.

Alice Orr –

– R|R

Read Amanda’s story – A Time of Fear & Loving – Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Book 5. Available HERE. You can find all of Alice’s books HERE.

4 thoughts on “Amanda Rescued My Writing Career – Here’s How

  1. Thanks Alice…………you’ve made me rethink Baen the 2nd hero in my Clan Gunn series which I left by the wayside far too many years ago. I was surprised at all the stuff i’d forgotten about him, how sly he was, how he used people, how he needed to change…….You’re the best.

    1. Hi Dorice. That’s the best news ever. To hear you are getting back into your writing is sweet music for sure. You write good characters. Baen is calling out for you to pay attention to him. So do that. Love and Blessings Always. Alice P.S. You’re the best too.

  2. Alice, So glad you rekindled your character spark. It gives me hope. I’m feeling the same way about my Angelorum series. The 4th book is 2 years late… Part of me has lost that loving feeling. I’m so glad to see a new addition coming to Riverton Road. Many hugs!

    1. Hi LG. You need to give your precious self a break. You have taken on a heavy load. Both sides of your brain are being called upon big-time all the time. Your characters are still there living for you. If you listen you will hear them whisper, “Be gentle with yourself,dearest Liz. We live through you, and you live through us. Till death do us part, and that shall not happen any time soon.” I miss seeing you, chatting, having a meal, being friends and colleagues together. I have trouble getting out to events these days. Medical stuff intervenes. I hope we can overcome all of that soon. Love and Blessings. Alice

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