Eight Ladies Writing

Jilly blogs about reading, writing and life in general every other Sunday over at Eight Ladies Writing.

8LW is a group blog written by eight friends who met online in 2012 as students in the inaugural Romance Writing Program at McDaniel College. Some of the Ladies are published. Some are still striving towards that goal. They’ve been blogging together since 2013 and they’re still going strong.

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  • Jilly: Same Prince, Different Cover
    by Jilly Wood on October 25, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Almost the end of October, and we’re inching toward the end of the weirdest, suckiest year of my life so far. Really hoping 2021 doesn’t turn out to be more of the same. Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my character Prince Daire of Caldermor—ostentatious, wealthy, and not half as empty-headed as

  • Jilly: How Big is Your TBR Pile?
    by Jilly Wood on October 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Or if you mostly read e-books, how many still-to-be-read titles are sitting on your e-reader? Elizabeth wrote earlier this week that she’s trying to make inroads into the pile of books (physical and electronic) waiting for her attention. It sounds as though she has her work cut out 🙂 . Back in the day, when

  • Jilly: The Urge to Hibernate
    by Jilly Wood on October 11, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Is your productivity affected by the change in season? We’re only a few weeks past the equinox, but to me it feels like winter is here already. The days are dark, gloomy, rainy, and cold. The covid figures are getting worse again. Social media seems to think we’re headed for another bout of heavy restrictions

  • Jilly: English Garden Romance
    by Jilly Wood on October 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

    How’s your weekend so far? Are you glued to the news or ready for a respite from reality? If you’re currently self-medicating with The Great British Bake-Off or English property renovation shows, you might consider checking out The Garden Plot, a thoroughly English contemporary romance by debut author Sara Sartagne. Full disclosure. I’ve known Sara for

  • Jilly: Do You Believe In Love At First Sight?
    by Jilly Wood on September 27, 2020 at 5:00 am

    I finished my draft of The Pulse of Princes, the novella that’s been gobbling up my time for the last few weeks. I sent it off to gobble up my editor’s time instead 😀 . I’m so happy I chose to write this story. It turned out well, and best of all it made me

  • Jilly: Try Before You Buy
    by Jilly Wood on September 20, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Do you sample a book before you buy it? Not so much in-person bookshop browsing, because right now that’s off the menu for most of us. But reading an excerpt on an author’s website, or using the Look Inside feature on the world’s most powerful online bookstore. How often do you think reading a sample

  • Jilly: Snippet
    by Jilly Wood on September 13, 2020 at 5:00 am

    A couple of weeks ago I decided to write a new Elan Intrigues prequel novella as a giveaway for my newsletter subscribers. I’ve been in my writing cave ever since. The Pulse of Princes will be 15-18,000 words, about the early life of recurring character Prince Daire of Caldermor. In this story he’s aged 19.

  • Jilly: Labor of Love
    by Jilly Wood on September 6, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Happy Labor Day weekend to everyone in the US. Happy weekend, and happy end of summer, to everyone else. Thinking about Labor Day led me to realize that it’s ten years since I decided to quit the day job and write fiction full time. I left paid employment at the end of 2011. I published

  • Jilly: Multi-Generational Stories
    by Jilly Wood on August 30, 2020 at 5:00 am

    An unexpected corona-bonus is that author book launches have gone digital. Which means fans who would never have the chance to attend a physical talk and book signing can join in the fun. This week the Cary Memorial Library in Massachusetts hosted a conversation with fantasy romance authors Ilona Andrews (Ilona and Gordon, in Texas),

  • Jilly: Plot Preferences
    by Jilly Wood on August 23, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Almost all my favorite stories are character driven. What I want most from a book is a main character I can commit to. I love to dive deep into their head and stay there, living every word of their challenges, actions, setbacks, dark moment and ultimate triumph. That means I prefer books written in first