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Writing Tips by Anne Elizabeth

Thanks for sharing some of your favorite writing tips Anne Elizabeth!!

Crafting a story can be one of the most fulfilling experiences in the arts. When I was asked to provide a few tips for Romance University, it made me think of the marvelous chats I’ve had with several of my favorite author friends. USA Today Best Selling Author Renee Bernard and New York Times Best Selling Author Cathy Maxwell are fabulous historic authors and one of the aspects I enjoy most about their writing is their attention to detail. They are two of best-researched authors I know. Their attention to authenticity not only brings the story to life, but the worlds they create are so believable I am plunged deeply into their story plot and characters until the very end of the book. Research can make books into page-turners.

As a contemporary military romance author, I was eager to adapt several of their techniques into my own writing. The first tip was…no matter how much you know about a topic 1) double-check your facts and unearth new ones to provide nuances to your character and story; 2) primary research such as interviews can give you with first hand input on a time period and can add an extra layer of authenticity which readers will enjoy; and 3) with secondary research as in books and media, remember to make sure that your sources are well-documented and provide the best information on the topic. Seeking our professors, authors of the time period, and talking to historians can give you tremendous insights.

With contemporary research, even though I’m part of the SEAL community and I can consult my husband, I found it enlightening and exciting to talk to a variety of special operations warriors. Providing them all with a standard questionnaire I was able to develop a realistic baseline. As I built my fictional plot, I was then able to move the story forward with believable conflict and growth arcs. When I added in the public naval documentation, I noticed that my structure story not only had a more accessible knowledge base but it also added layers to the characters’ discussion and capabilities. Citing all of this information at the back of the book on a reference page and in my author notes allows fans to continue the decision and delve into the information first hand.

Thus, if there was one favorite tip to pass on to writers, no matter how much you know about a topic consider researching and exploring multiple primary and secondary sources as it will take your story to new heights and give readers a fascinating experience. I will always be grateful to Renee and Cathy for sharing their terrific techniques, and I am doubly grateful and thrilled to watch my own craft change, strengthen, and improve. For me, the goal will always be…to create and share the best story possible.



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Bio: New York Times bestselling author Anne Elizabeth is an award-winning romance author and a popular comic creator. With a BS in business and MS in communications from Boston University, she is a regular presenter at conventions as well as a member of the Author’s Guild, Horror Writers Association, and Romance Writers of America. Anne lives with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL, in the mountains above San Diego.

Title: The Power of a SEAL

Author: Anne Elizabeth

Series: West Coast Navy SEALs

Pub Date: December 5, 2017

With over two decades of experience, Navy SEAL Leaper Lefton is bringing his expertise to young and impressionable SEAL trainees in BUD/s. As an instructor, he knows he must prepare them for all kinds of situations—and there’s a perfect opportunity for hands-on training when he spots a woman in danger in rough water. Kerry Hamilton, a marine mammal veterinarian for the U.S. Navy is beyond grateful when Leaper saves her from the rough seas, and their attraction is instant. But after everything Leaper has been through, can he truly love again? And is Kerry willing to give him the chance?

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2 Responses to “Writing Tips by Anne Elizabeth”

  1. Afternoon Anne!

    Looks like you are very lucky to have such good friends. =) I actually quite enjoy doing the research myself, finding out new things..but in a historical the attention to detail the author has done and researched does make or break the book!


    Posted by Carrie Peters | November 29, 2017, 4:17 pm


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