Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Q&A's on My Writing, My Books, etc.

Have you read the Questions and Answers posed by others on my Q&A page on my website?  If not, here are some snippets, with much more to be found on my website.

When writing who is in charge, you or your characters? How do you deal with bossy characters?

Bossy characters? I love them! I get a huge kick out of it when a character says to me, “Now just wait a bloody minute! I’d never do that!”  If I’ve done a good job of writing my character studies, the character is usually right when he or she rebels.

What do you find is the most challenging thing about writing romantic suspense?

I think the most difficult aspect of writing romantic suspense is keeping up the suspense. The romance part is easy, but keeping the dramatic suspense in the forefront is not so easy. A sense of impending disaster – that’s hard to do. 

For many other interesting questions, take a look at my Q&A pageI hope they are fun for readers and helpful for other writers.


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This romantic thriller is a mix of hair raising suspense, romance and a sprinkling of humor.

Escape Rating A - Marlene Harris,

"Like her other books, the story in this one operates on more than one level.  The suspense is edge of the seat, while Lacy's inner journey makes her a sympathetic and fascinating character. If you enjoy edge-of-your-seat suspense with a heart-pounding romance wrapped around a story that also makes you think, read Romantic Road, or any of Blair McDowell's marvelous stories.".....More

5 out of 5 Stars - Jack Magnus,
"Blair McDowell's romantic suspense novel, Romantic Road, is exciting and fast-paced. Lacy is a strong and appealing character whose fairy-tale marriage has abruptly ended, leaving unanswered questions and danger. The quest Igor sets for her leads her and the reader on a marvelous trip through Canada, Austria and Hungary, and the author's familiarity with each of these venues makes Lacy's adventures truly come alive.".....More

5 Stars out of 5 - Debbie Davenport, Librarian via NetGalley
"This is my kind of book: a fast-paced romantic suspense thriller with teeth! And the puzzles Igor left that Lacy must follow all over Europe... beautiful! The secrets will blow your socks off!"

5 out of 5 Stars - Celia Lewis, Pres., Romance Writers of America, Greater Vancouver Chapter
"A challenging love story, a deadly dangerous secret, a mysterious quest from New York through Europe, the latest story from Blair McDowell has it all!... I love romantic suspense, and this story was very fascinating to me, not least because of the unusual locales, adding an exotic flavour. I'm already wanting to read the next story by Blair McDowell!" 
4 out of 5 Stars - Deb Sanders, 
"Romantic Road has something to please everyone, beginning with top notch writing. Blair McDowell has penned another riveting tale chock full of danger, suspense, romance and mystery. I’m quite sure the book grew tentacles and wrapped around me because I found it impossible to look up until I’d turned the final page. I confess, I was a willing prisoner."....More

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