Hello to all readers of Petit Fours and Hot Tamales (PF&HT). I’ve posted here twice before as a guest. However, this is my first official post as one of the bloggers. I’m happy to be here and I thought I’d talk a little about an aspect of my writing life.
Once a month, I attend a writer’s group meeting in the Atlanta area.
My group is called Georgia Romance Writers, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. I’m not the only male in attendance, but the group is primarily female. My wife refers to it as my Saturday morning with the girls, even phrasing it that way to our sons. I’ve been attending these meetings for several years. Each month, there’s a presentation on some aspect of writing. I’ve learned a lot from those presentations. My writing has improved to the point where I’ve won a few writing contests and obtained agent representation. However, I didn’t often speak about my writer’s group outside of other writers.
As time has passed, I’ve grown more accustomed to admitting that I spend time with romance writers to learn how to write. I talk enough about writing in general, so many of my friends know I’m trying to get published. Last fall, I finished as runner-up in the Maggies, the annual writing contest sponsored by Georgia Romance Writers. At my younger son’s football practice the week after the announcement (which showed up on Facebook), one of the other dads at the practice approached me and said, “Congratulations. What’s a Maggie?”
However, joining PF&HT still made me pause.
When I was asked last December, I thought about the plusses for joining. Established group blog. Check. A new place for author self-promotion. Check. An extreme amount of stuff I can learn. Check. Honored to be asked. Double check.
And then there was that one minus. I sent a note to the person who asked me. You really want a guy to join a blog called “Petit Fours and Hot Tamales?”
She responded that the first thing that would happen is to figure out what to call me.
With that in mind, I have a contest.
As the blog expands to include males, what should males on this blog be called?
Clean answers, please.
A $15 Amazon gift card will be awarded as a prize to one lucky commenter.
Walt Mussell writes historical fiction for the inspirational market, focusing primarily on medieval Japan. He has one published novella in a Christmas anthology and several published magazine articles. He and his wife have been married over 18 years and have two wonderful boys.