Finding My Voice
Karly Lane / Karlene Blakemore-Mowle
I’ll let you in on a little secret, when I first started writing I had no idea what a voice was … well, unless you count the multitude in my head that love to start talking when I’m trying to sleep!
It’s hard work … it takes a lot of writing and rewriting to learn the craft. For me, knowing what I wanted to write was based on the kinds of books I loved to read. I loved reading anything as long as it had romance in it. I didn’t have any idea what I was doing when I started out and it took many years before I had a manuscript worthy of showing anyone. It wasn’t until I joined RWA (Romance Writers of Australia) that I finally had some kind of direction and began to figure out how this writing thing, worked.
The rise of ebooks and indie publishing was just starting when I joined RWA and began submitting my books to publishers so it was a very interesting time to be starting out in the industry. I think I’m lucky because I am published in both traditional press and Indie publishing and both allow me to write in many different voices and genres.
Under my indie publishing name of Karlene Blakemore-Mowle I write everything from Fantasy, Romantic Suspense and New Adult romance. Under my Allen &Unwin published name of Karly Lane, I write predominantly Rural Fiction; stories based on small communities in rural Australia.
For me, writing across genres allows my brain to take a rest from writing the same voice constantly. I’m currently working on a trilogy under my Karlene Blakemore-Mowle name with the second book due for release within the next few weeks; Blood of Kings, to be followed later this year by book three; The Lion’s Prey. Then in between all this, I will go back to writing a new Karly Lane book for next year.
Advice for new authors?
I often have people tell me that they would love to write a book one day, but they just don’t have the time. I get this, I really do, but I reached a point about eight years ago when I knew, despite working, having just had a baby and with a husband and four children, there was never going to be time to just sit and write in peace. Like seriously …. NEVER … ever (it was quite a depressing thought at the time!)
I decided that if I wanted to write, then I just had to fit it into my life. For a long time I would get up early before the rest of the house awoke and stay up late at night after they went to bed. I would write whenever I had a chance, sometimes it might only have been in ten or twenty minute snatches. It paid off, because over the first two years I had written five books.