A LITTLE BIT OF BLACKMAIL
Happy Easter and welcome to my blog. If you found me through Blog Hop Spot you know I’ve got a contest going on. Hmm? First I want to tell you a little about me though.
I’m RC Bonitz. As the man behind the curtain said in the Wizard of Oz, “Ignore that man behind the curtain”/ in the picture. I’m actually twenty-one and a woman. Sure. Not that that matters, except that I write love stories. Actually, I’ve been writing about fifteen years, much of that rather casually, putting in about three or four hours a week at my computer in the early days.
That changed dramatically when I became serious about publication. I’ve written short stories and a number of novels, including suspense, mystery, one historical that turned into a saga, and more recently contemporary love stories. I say love stories simply because one of them doesn’t quite fit the formula of a pure Romance. I’m not giving away my secrets here — you’ll have to read it to find out why. That one is called A Blanket for Her Heart and is out in print on Amazon now. My other book, a sweet romance published by Silver Publishing, is A Little Bit of Blackmail and that’s available in print or as an ebook.
I live in Connecticut, close to the shores of Long Island Sound, and am a member of the Connecticut chapter of RWA. Check them out if you’re not familiar with them — it’s a great organization with one goal- to get its members published. We’ve got a conference scheduled May 12, with a bunch of agents and editors coming just to check out your latest book.
I know what you’re thinking. Why does a guy write romance? Actually, I didn’t in the beginning. I do like love stories though, so when I heard Suzanne Brockman speak a few years ago some of her ideas intrigued me and the transition to writing romance made a lot of sense. I went on-line, found RWA and CTRWA, and signed up. Which is how I became a romance writer, not why. Am I evading the question? Maybe. I’m not sure I really know the why of it. Happy endings? Yeah, I like them. But, you know, I just read Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie, which was written in the early 1900’s and does not end happily. Carrie isn’t even a particularly heroic character. But, I loved her, and realized I love each of my own heroines.
They have their problems to deal with, but sweet yet strong, vulnerable and daring and determined they are. Diane and Anne, and Jessie, the heroine of my sequel A Little Bit of Baby– I love them all. And, I love the heroine of another novel I’m playing with and I don’t even know who she is! Well, I know some things about her, but she doesn’t have a name yet. Hmm- maybe there’s a future contest there? Too soon for that- she’s in my fourth book, which is just a page or two of thoughts in my files right now. But- I did promise a contest for today, didn’t I?
Okay. I’ve got two sisters in my current WIP. Both are married with a child, the sisters of my hero, Ike Harris. When their Mother has a stroke they’re there with Ike, worrying and waiting for a bit of hopeful news. Until Ike blurts out a secret he’s revealed to no one else. I’m not happy with the names I’ve given them. Suggest new names and win a copy of my books. We’ll have two winners- one for each name I choose! The heroine is Jessie and her sister is Diane, so those names won’t work. I look forward to your suggestions. Good luck