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August 2018: Writing Advice
~ Vanessa Riley ~

CTR asked:
QUESTION: What is the one piece of writing advice that has stuck with you and why? (Something other than ‘write what you know.’)

Vanessa Riley said:
Don’t write to market, write to heart. Write the words and the stories that make you smile, that make your soul happy. Then you can better weather changes in the marketplace and find your tribe. Readers can tell where your passions lie.


The Bashful Bride by Vanessa Riley cover

The Bashful Bride

[Historical Romance]

A friend’s newspaper advertisement for a groom nets the most famous actor in London, Arthur Bex. Shy heiress Ester Croome proposes to elope with the handsome man, who she’s secretly loved for two years, in order to escape an impending engagement arranged by her overbearing family.

Trying to outlive the shadow of his villainous uncle, Bex needs to marry quickly—to a woman of good character. And smart, beautiful Ester fits the bill. But a harrowing trip to Gretna Green and dangerous abolition rallies prove to be a more treacherous stage than either imagined. Infatuation and a mutual love for Shakespeare might not be enough to bind a couple looking to outrun the chains and secrets of family and the past.

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Entangled Publishing


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