CJ is one of my critique partners and we met in a typical Dan way.
I needed to learn how to kiss.
(Yet another reason to join a critique group. More on that HERE)
Well, I actually needed help with a romance scene, where a young couple share their first kiss, so I found some Romance writers, read some of their stuff, found a few good writers, and then asked for their input so I could make a good kissing scene. (If you’ve never written one before, it’s not necessarily easy!)
But the thing about CJ is – she’s a terrific writer.
How do I know? Well, like I said, I was looking for help with a romantic scene and I read some romance writers. Before I read her stuff, I NEVER thought I’d read a romance story – and she got me to do it.
Not because she forced me to or because I felt I had an obligation to, but because her story was engaging on so many levels. It has a self-deprecating main character Danni, who talks to herself in inner monologs that are borderline hysterical but also completely realistic! There’s a plot full of twists and turns, a few villains, and of course a great love interest.
Oh, and a few steamy parts.
More than a few actually…
The one on the couch really took me by surprise.
But long before the sexy stuff kicked in, I was hooked because the story was so good and it was so well told.
CJ’s blog is the same way. A while back I profiled another new author whose work I really liked (you’ll be seeing Jenny and CJ featured again when their books are ready.), and in the past I’ve featured a few author friends whose work was par excellence (Allison’s book went on to become a bestseller).
The point is, there is not enough time in the day for me to tell you about mediocre talent. When I find a star, I want you to know.
CJ’s blog also discusses the ups and downs of the writer’s journey, so a lot of you will completely understand her challenges – and you’ll appreciate her honesty. Her sheer determination is impressive, so I have no doubt the book will be successful. It’s a lock. And if that sounds like a theme, it is. I like showing good people triumph over adversity in the writing world.
CJ’s gonna do just that.
Don’t take my word for it. Let me persuade her to put up a sample chapter or two one of these days. Give her your thoughts. But trust me when I tell you, this is something special.
Here’s the blog link http://authorcjandrews.com/
Here’s her Twitter handle @AuthorCJAndrews
Again, it may be a few months, but it’ll be worth the wait. It’s a fun story that you’ll enjoy.
When you find a writer who’s better than you are, you don’t get jealous, you tell the world. – Me.
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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Check out his other works HERE