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Sunday, August 5, 2007
IN THE ARMS OF A WARRIOR
When I first started writing I went to an all-day writing seminar presented by Bob Mayer. During the course he mentioned that the Romance Writers of America were the best organized and most supportive group of writers in the country.

A few months later I realized that I needed to be around writers. There were no writers that I knew of in the rural part of Alabama where I live. Remembering what Mayer said, I went to the Internet and the Romance Writers of America website. None of the chapters identified an area or a city. I clicked on the Heart of Dixie Chapter, and, lo and behold, they met about ten miles from my home. Later I found out that they chose Cullman because of its central location in northern Alabama.

I went to my first meeting. I wanted to see what they were about and how welcome I would be, they had no other males in the chapter. Being a male wasn’t a problem, I was quite welcome.

They were well organized and helpful. The group had many published authors with several big names. After the first meeting I joined RWA and became an official romance writer wannabee. But they’re too nice to use that term, I became an unpublished romance writer.

Right after I joined I sold my first novel, a political thriller titled The Second American Republic and began work on writing an action-thriller war novel titled The Red Dragon. When I finished that book I told myself it was time to work on my unmet requirement for joining RWA, the desire to write a romance novel.

As it turned out, my romance novel was the first to be published. The publisher for The Second American Republic went out of business shortly before it was to be released and The Red Dragon sold after In the Arms of a Warrior. The war novel will be released in April 2008. I want to make major revisions on my first novel before I attempt to sell it again.

I consider myself a romantic and a warrior. Both come into play in my romance novel. The reader will get some understanding of the dynamics of a warrior family, something few in the country understand, along with the romance story. My female character is strong because of her family environment. The male character strength doesn’t show up until later in the story, also because of his family background. It’s an interesting story with a background of our current unpleasantness with the Islamists.

Oh yes, one other thing everyone should know. I’ve read a lot of romance novels and the romance scenes in many of these books are explicit. I consider my romance scenes to be highly sensual, another way of saying explicit. I wouldn’t consider the book erotic, as some booksellers do, but it’s not something that underage readers should be reading.

C.J. Maxx
Author of IN THE ARMS OF A WARRIOR
http://www.cjmaxx.net/

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