Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Interviewed over at Dawn's Reading Nook

I'm being interviewed over at Dawn's Reading Nook. Come on by and check out what sort of mischief I'm into now.

Do I share any of the traits of my characters? What paranormal creature would I be? See what I reveal. http://dawnsreadingnook.blogspot.com/2016/01/guest-author-day-with-mary-corrales.html

There is plenty to comment on, and I just may surprise you with an answer or two. *wink*









Sunday, January 24, 2016

Why Reread Your Own Backlist of Published Books?

Have you ever had a day when you can write and you're frustrated? Of course, we all have those days, usually when real life is interfering, when we stare at a work in progress without a clue. I believe that's were reading your own previously published books can help.

A book that has already been published is one that stands on its own as successful. Whether the book has sold one copy or thousands, it's made it to the outside world to proclaim your existence as an author. Here are three ways rereading your own work help your writing.

1)      Reading is always a great way to relax. Writers need time to relax from worries and deadlines, and reading a book is the best way to transport yourself away. When you relax, your creativity is nurtured like rain to a budding rose.


2)      Reading your books boosts your self-confidence. You get to go on the perfect adventure through your book. It's written by you so it's the adventure that you always wanted to have. When you enjoy your own writing your self-confidence grows and starts to reach up like a flower to sunshine.


3)      You remember why you write. Writing isn't necessarily about becoming rich as a published author. For most of us it's about sharing a story that we've nurtured within our hearts. Writing is how we say hello and share our rosy beauty with the world.


Some may ask if rereading the works-in-progress will work as well. I'm sorry to say, usually not. The reason is that you'll probably only cause yourself more frustration when you reach the part where you were stuck.

Give yourself a break. Enjoy your own books and the adventure that you crafted. It's an excellent way to regain your self-confidence and remember why you write in the first place.

When I'm stuck, I reread my first published work and only print book, Dhampir Passions, or one of my others on my Kindle. Writers, comment and share which of your works you reread? Why do you reread that particular book?

Happy reading,


Mary Corrales is a multi-published author who loves to write erotica and erotic romance. She writes in several genres including paranormal, fantasy, contemporary suspense and futuristic. She's known to mix genres, and surprise her readers with unexpected twists. Her latest book, BET YOUR SWEET ACES, is available wherever sassy and sexy romances are sold.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Guest blogging at Romance Books 4 Us today

Hello readers,

Join me at Romance Books 4 Us as I take over and we talk training. What kind of training? Today it's about turning rejection, which can be crushing, into writer training.

In life it's about endurance, and with each challenge we become stronger. Does that hold true for writing, though?

Stop on by and share your thoughts.

Happy reading,


Mary Corrales

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

How Do You Reward Yourself for Reaching Your Daily Writing Goal?

Writing in itself is rewarding but when you challenge yourself to write a certain word count every day, it's nice to treat yourself to a little extra. I don't recommend the same reward each time. Variety is the spice of life, after all.

I reward myself in various ways when I've reached or surpassed my daily word count. Sometimes, I put on a favorite movie afterward such as a Mae West flick or the Marx Brothers.  Other times, it's a cup of hot chocolate as I reflect on my progress. A longer than necessary soak in the tub, along with a dab of that expensive perfume is also a nice change.

 I try not to use food too often as my reward, as writing for long amounts of time tends to up my weight naturally. Still, if you use food, try to pick something healthy that makes you feel energized such as a plate of veggies with a small amount of dip.

It's important not to get down on yourself if you miss your daily writing goal. Life happens and "should"ing on ourselves can stop the creative process all together. We don't want that. Instead, accept that tomorrow is a new day and move forward.

Writers, how to you reward yourself?