Judith Keim

“Stories with heart” is how you’d describe Judith’s books. A USA Today Bestselling Author, she writes women’s fiction with a touch of romance, featuring strong women facing challenges and finding love along the way.

She is a prolific author and has over thirty-five books either published or available for pre-order.

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

I’m lucky enough to have an office to write in and I write every day. The early hours are spent taking care of social media, administrative things — and then I tell myself I must write 1,000 words per day. I usually do.

What do you do when you hit a wall with your writing?

Warm showers, walks, and even watching TV or reading can spur ideas. Sometimes I simply have to let a plot idea sit for a while.

Do you plan your book in advance (plotting and outlining) or are you a “discovery writer” (AKA “writing into the dark”)? Or are you somewhere in between?

I’m definitely a pantser. I have a story idea, a title, and then write character studies for the main characters so I know them well enough to begin to tell their story.

What’s on your To Be Read pile?

I can’t count the number in my Kindle. I try to read friends’ books, but love to have a variety of others.

What advice do you have for readers?

If you read a book you like, please do the author a favor and leave a review. If you find something you don’t like, don’t be mean, simply don’t review.

What’s the first book you can remember reading on your own?

A Dick and Jane book

What books and/or authors have most influenced you as an author?

  • Barbara Taylor Bradford (A Woman of Substance)
  • Nora Roberts
  • Phyllis Whitney
  • Mary Steward

What do you most enjoy about being a writer? What do you least enjoy about being a writer?

I love the freedom of creating a story. I sometimes don’t like the endless work of creating the story…and then I’m happy when I can write The End.

What would you tell a new writer?

Read as many books as you can in all genres and write every day even if it’s just notes about the book you want to write or are writing. That counts, too. Writing becomes an every day thing.

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Romance Writers’ Week

ProWritingAid is hosting a FREE week of sessions October 11 – 15. (You may recall their Thriller Writers’ Week earlier this year.)

Join hundreds of other romance writers to learn what makes a romance novel swoon-worthy. Whether you’re writing contemporary, paranormal, historical, or speculative romance (or something in between), you’ll find practical, actionable sessions to help you plan, write, and market your romance story.

Learn from bestselling authors like Tia WilliamsTalia HibbertLouise Dean, and Carolyn Brown, as well as romance writing experts from Pages & PlatformsSimon & SchusterHarlequinRomance Writers of America, and more

Donna Fletcher Crow

How could you not be enthralled by meticulously researched, entertaining novels of romance, history and mystery in an engaging you-are-there style that lets you live the history? Writing in several genres, her titles include:

Historical fiction:

  • Glastonbury: The Novel of Christian England – her best-known work
  • The Daughters of Courage family saga trilogy: Katherine, Days of Struggle and Triumph; Elizabeth, Days of Loss and Hope; and Stephanie, Days of Turmoil and Victory

Mystery:

  • A series, The Monastery Murders, which includes: A Very Private Grave; A Darkly Hidden Truth; An Unholy Communion; A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary; An All-Consuming Fire; and Against All Fierce Hostility
  • Another series, Lord Danvers Investigates: A Most Inconvenient Death; Grave Matters; To Dust You Shall Return; A Tincture of Murder; and A Lethal Spectre
  • And the Elizabeth and Richard Literary Suspense series: The Flame Ignites; The Shadow of Reality; A Midsummer Eve’s Nightmare; A Jane Austen Encounter; and A Most Singular Venture

Historical Romance:

  • The Where There is Love series: Where Love Begins; Where Love Illumines; Where Love Triumphs; Where Love Restores; Where Love Shines; and Where Love Calls

Short Story Collection

  • A Lighted Lamp

The word “prolific” comes to mind!

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

I write in my office, upstairs in our home, Monday-Friday, from mid-morning till 3:00. Then we stop for afternoon tea. After that I like to read or garden.

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Romance Writers Conference – full recordings available

The next best thing to being there, the full set of recordings of the “Romance Around the World” Spring Fling Writers Conference presented by Chicago-North RWA in July 2020 is available for purchase and viewing through 27 July 2021. The archive will only be available until that date.

Highlights include:

  • Thursday full-day master class with Zoe York (additional fee of $25 applies)
  • Three-hour master classes (included in registration fee)
  • Wide selection of online workshops for both published and unpublished writers covering craft, business/career, and marketing/promotion
  • Keynotes by our headliners, award-winning authors Alyssa Cole and Sarah MacLean

Price is $125 (or $150 if you want to include the full-day master class).