Regina Kammer is one of my favorite people and writers of all time. Her stories are magnificent, well-written and well-executed. Most importantly, I'm so, so proud to be part of Regina's community. In fact, it was a conversation with her that inspired me to start LoveRomanceReads.com - a way to connect authors and readers directly, supporting one another as a community. Thank you, Regina!
My first post on my blog, written over five years ago, was titled “Giving back”. I was a new author – both self-published and traditionally published – at the time. But I didn’t get to that spot on my own. It, as the saying goes, took a village.
“Since I became a writer, I have only encountered generosity amongst fellow writers: Encouragement, advice, willingness to listen, shared enthusiasm when something goes right. I suspect it comes from the knowledge that we are colleagues, not competitors. This is true especially for genre writers where readers and fans read voraciously — a book a week, the more exuberant amongst them a book a day.”
Since then, I have offered writing resources on my blog, including a recent post on writing sex scenes. But I’m probably adding content more sporadically than I had originally intended. I’d like to get back into providing writing resources and tips.
However, this post isn’t about that. It’s about the “village”.
I was reminded of my first post because of recent events, events that highlighted how tightly knit and protective the writing village can be in the face of a bully. And how large the village actually is, encompassing not just romance writers and readers, but other genre writers and readers.
In the face of this author-bully I have been doing what I can to give back, to support my colleagues by forwarding relevant information and promoting the writing of authors victimized by the actions of this bully.
Some people took it upon themselves to give back with all they had to give, free of charge. This display of solidarity has been pretty astonishing and heartening.
However, as the drama unfolded, what became very clear, and very sad, is that the bully lacked connection to any sort of writing community, and seemingly acted in a vacuum.
We writers are a community acting in cooperation, not competition. At our core is the spirit of giving back. In fact, Love Romance Reads was started in part to promote community, as an act of giving back.
In a few years, no one will remember the name of the author-bully, but we will remember how our village came together to save our own little corner of the world.
Regina Kammer is a librarian, an art historian, and an award-nominated, best-selling, multi-published writer of erotica and historical erotic romance. Her short stories and novels make history sexier, whether the era is Roman, Byzantine, Viking, American Revolution, or Victorian. She’s even sexed up contemporary settings, Steampunk, and Greco-Roman mythology. She has been published by Cleis Press, Go Deeper Press, Ellora’s Cave, House of Erotica, Story Ink, Loose Id, The Naughty Literati, and her own imprint, Viridium Press. She began writing historical fiction with romantic elements during National Novel Writing Month 2006, switching to erotica when all her characters suddenly demanded to have sex.
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~Harwell Heirs Book 1
~Victorian Historical ~Erotic Romance
A forbidden encounter leaves her yearning for more…
In Victorian London of 1879, a new device for the treatment of hysteria has just arrived from France. Dr. Julius Christopher plans to use the invention for his own salacious scheme. Can Dr. Nicholas Ramsay prevent his beloved, the innocent debutante Helena Phillips, from being the next patient?