February 3, 2012

Picturing Characters in my Head

When I write characters I usually have clear pictures of them in my head. In The Chosen series, I can see Will, Emma and Jake perfectly.  The problem comes when I try to find pictures of models who come close enough to what I see in my head.  Sometimes I hit it exactly. I found this picture of Jake two years ago while I was writing Chosen and nothing else has ever come close. But Will and Emma are harder. Recently I found the PERFECT picture of Emma. You have no idea how close this comes to how I see Emma in my head. I mean, it’s like I saw this picture before I wrote her. At the moment, I’m looking for photos to use for romance trading cards to take to RT Booklovers Convention. No, problem. I have the perfect picture! Awesome, right? Wrong. I found this photo on Tumblr and while I’ve contacted the photographer to see about purchasing rights to use it, I have yet to hear from him. So my search continues. Will is also hard. The closest I’ve come is the picture I found when I made the book trailer two years ago– my reward for […]
February 1, 2012

Sacrifice blurb

Sacrifice is getting closer to publication! I’ve hired a developmental editor, the awesome Alison Danso, who has been a tremendous resource– even if she suggested a few major revisions. But I loved her ideas. Her main suggestion was my original intent for the book but could never figure out how to make it work. Alison did. So I’m working hard on finishing revisions and still hoping for a March release, just late March now. Still, some things are still on schedule, like the book cover. The cover artist, the talented Laura Morrigan, needed the blurb to work on the back cover of the print book. I usually find blurbs incredibly difficult, but I had this one within a couple of hours. Tell me what you think!   Sacrifice The third book in the Amazon bestselling The Chosen series by Denise Grover Swank. She was dead. No. She only wished she was. Everything Emma loves has been ripped away—Jake, Will, and her unborn baby. Within minutes of confronting her new reality, Emma is thrust in the middle of a war between two supernatural beings and she’s the prize. After convincing Emma that Will is dead, Raphael insists that he’s the only […]
August 5, 2011

Conceived in Fear, Born of Hope

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes book birthday isn’t even one month old yet, but I’m hard at work preparing my next book Chosen  for release in September. Each of my books are like my children. While I love them all, they each have something different that tugs on my heart. With Twenty-Eight it was Rose. What’s not to love about Rose?  When I think about Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes it fills me with hope and happiness. Chosen was conceived and gestated in fear. When I wrote my NaNoWriMo book that kick-started my writing career, it was a fairly easy going romantic suspense (full on love scene and all– it took more than a few glasses of wine to write that one) until I got to the end. Then the last two chapters were this dark gritty scene that came out no where.  I’ll be honest and admit it scared me. What made my mind wander that direction? As I waited to edit the previous mess, a new book idea came to me, innocently enough.  One night I was cooking dinner and my son’s girl friend told me she’d been counting with my then four-year-old son Ryan. If Ryan touched […]