Scene It First with Delancey Stewart, Marika Ray, Melanie Summers and Kelly Collins (Ep. 7)


Scene It First with Delancey Stewart, Marika Ray, Melanie Summers and Kelly Collins (Ep. 7)

On July 19, 2023, acclaimed romance authors Delancey Stewart, Marika Ray, Melanie Summers, and Kelly Collins joined me for the seventh episode of the Scene It First series, sponsored by Fictionary. In this series, I speak with bestselling, award-winning authors to talk about first scenes, share secrets of writing craft, and celebrate the stories that thrill and inspire us all.

In this episode, we enjoyed a lively roundtable discussion of writing romance and of how these friends and writing partners each approach their craft. See more about each author below.

Upcoming interviews can be joined live by registered members of the Fictionary community, and it’s always free to register.

In addition to hosting the Scene It First series, James Gallagher is the owner of Castle Walls Editing, a Fictionary-Certified StoryCoach Editor, and the copy editor, developmental editor, or proofreader of more than 300 books.

About Delancey Stewart

USA Today bestselling author Delancey Stewart pens steamy, small-town rom-coms that run the gamut of settings and setups, but they always deliver humor, heart, and heat. It’s a guarantee.

About Marika Ray

Marika Ray is a USA Today bestselling author who writes steamy rom-coms to brighten your day. All her books come with a money-back guarantee you’ll laugh at least once with every story.

About Melanie Summers

Having sold more than a quarter of a million books around the globe, Melanie Summers has received a Silver Medal and two Bronze Medals at the Readers’ Favorite Awards in the Chick Lit Category.

About Kelly Collins

The internationally bestselling author of over 30 novels, Kelly Collins incorporates real-life events to craft stories that lovers of contemporary romance, new adult, and romantic suspense will return to again and again.

About Fictionary

Fictionary is a story-editing software that allows writers and editors to glean insights and perform developmental edits on their works using Fictionary’s 38 story elements for character, plot, and setting.

The software also provides attractive visual reports, including the story arc (showing location of the inciting incident, plot point 1, midpoint, plot point 2, and climax), as well as reports illustrating such items as the story map, character list, and word count per scene.

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The Fictionary community can be found here (free to register).

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