Author Archives: Lauren Schmelz



Lauren Schmelz

The Dreaded Mirror Scene
in Articles, On Writing

The Dreaded Mirror Scene

Not too long ago I read a book to review on my personal blog. This not-to-revealed book started out well enough. The writing was decent, the editing was *cough* passable, and the author was establishing the main female protagonist properly. Then within the first seven pages, there wasn’t just one mirror scene but two! I shook my head and closed the book. Two mirror scenes...

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30 Dec 2013
in Special

Twelve Days Of Christmas: Best Sex Scene Settings

Twelve Days Of Christmas: Best Love Scene Settings   On the twelfth day of Christmas, my book boyfriend/girlfriend gave to me…a romp in the back of a car. On the eleventh day of Christmas, my book boyfriend/girlfriend gave to me…a hot, steamy splash in the hot tub. On the tenth day of Christmas, my book boyfriend/girlfriend gave to me…a quickie in the kitchen. On the...

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24 Dec 2013
in Articles, On Writing

Readers Aren’t Mind Readers

Quick Tips: Readers Aren’t Mind Readers   I have read or edited many books in my time that made me scream for more but not necessarily more of the story line or the characters, but more development of the story itself. Many authors fall into the mindset that their readers will understand exactly what they are thinking or trying to convey but the fact of...

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17 Dec 2013
in Articles, On Writing

Making Time To Write

Quick Tips: Making Time To Write All writers have struggled with finding enough time to write. Some stress over it so much it hampers their work to the extent some form blocks or lose their muses. I’m all too familiar and can safely attest that many authors can agree with me. But the real question is: Is it beneficial to you as an author to...

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10 Dec 2013
in Interviews

Interview: Rick Miles Creator of Penned Con St. Louis

Diva Interview: Rick Miles Creator of Penned Con St. Louis Independent book conventions are growing at an astronomical rate. There is one popping up almost every month across the country. I was excited to learn that one was planned next year for my hometown of St. Louis. Then the thought came to me: How do these conventions come about and how effective are they for...

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04 Dec 2013
in On Genre

Divas On Genre: Dystopian

Divas On Genre: Dystopian The dystopian genre has come into its own in recent years. Often a mixture of post-apocalyptic, science fiction and sometimes paranormal, the dystopian genre is the portrayal of any given society outside of the norm in the future after a catastrophic event that either destroys life as we know it or alters it so much that it’s a shell of its...

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29 Nov 2013
in Recs

Divas Recommend: Your Guide To An Effective Novel Synopsis

Divas Recommend: Your Guide To An Effective Novel Synopsis You’ve have written your novel and now it’s time for you to query a publishing house. Having a synopsis is vital for submissions. But how long or how short should it be? What should you include? How can you make your synopsis effective and noticeable? Check out this article from Writer’s Digest to help answer these...

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28 Nov 2013
in On Genre

Divas On Genre: Paranormal/Supernatural Romance

Divas On Genre: Paranormal/Supernatural What is the paranormal genre to you? To me it involves anything to do with non-human beings or characters who have non-human like abilities such as telekinesis and other powers usually within a single person or grouping of people. Like for instance vampires, demons, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, witches, warlocks, aliens, and superhero types. But this isn’t what drives the genre, adding...

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22 Nov 2013
in Tips

Quick Tips: Friends And Family Don’t Know It All

Quick Tips: Friends And Family Don’t Know It All Here’s the scenario: You worked for weeks, maybe months on your baby–your first novel. You know you have the perfect plot, the perfect characters, the perfect premise, and it’s all perfectly perfect. You agonized over editing, cutting the bits your loved, adding more bits you didn’t know you needed, and making it all shiny and pretty....

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12 Nov 2013
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