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writing routine

There’s no other way to kick off our new Friday Author Secrets column than with our very own Madison Lake.  Hit it Madison!

Question: What is your writing routine?

RL:  We understand most writers have a daily routine that can almost become ritual.  Can you tell us a little bit about your daily writing routine?

ML:  Yes, that is so true.  My routine has changed since I got my dog, but it’s generally the same.  I wake up, feed and walk her.  That’s now first.  Wow, amazing how she’s become #1.  (laughs).  What’s good about that though is having a good, long walk before settling down to write for the day.  It’s wonderful.  Anyway, when I do hit my computer, which is where I write my novels, I do a quick check of Facebook, Twitter and emails.

RL:  Ah, so you are one of those internet junkies?

ML:  (laughs) Of course I am!  First of all there might be something important from a publisher or colleague, and secondly, I feel I should get the normal daily stuff over with so my slate is clean to begin writing.

RL:  Good point.  Then what?

ML:  I read a few paragraphs from where I left off, or maybe even the chapter before, so I can pick up on the thread.  At this point the story may change direction from where I left off or it may go the way I had originally envisioned.  I let my fingers do the walking, or maybe it’s my imagination that does the walking and my fingers follow (laughs again).  In any case, I write all day, taking dog walking and internet breaks.

RL:  Do you set daily goals?

ML:  No, because I generally accomplish a lot.  If I don’t it’s because it wasn’t meant to be.  I try to let my writing come organically.  For me that’s the best way.

RL:  Do you write every day?

ML:  Yes, every day.

If you have any questions for Madison about this post, please comment and we will do our best to answer your question.

To read about other authors, their writing routines, where they get their ideas, and other juicy tips, tune in next Friday right here at

Have a great weekend!


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Author Interviews & More

Posted on: September 19th, 2014 by Madison Lake No Comments

Greetings Mad Fans. Starting next Friday (sorry, unprepared today) we will be featuring intimate author interviews, tips on writing sex and dramatic scenes, and author’s daily writing routines, plus more.

If you are a writer and would be interested in participating by being interviewed or sending in some writing tricks of your trade, please email me at If you are a reader, follower, friend, relative or hopeless romantic, definitely check us out on Fridays. We should have some juicy bits to share.


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The last and final question in our ‘four questions about four books for four prizes’ contest is from the book A Cloud of Hawthornethe first in a three book series based in turn of the century England.


There is an event during which young Henley takes a detour and ends up in the forest at Rosetta’s hut. What is the event?

a cloud of hawthorne book

As usual, email your answer to We’ll be tallying the answers to all four questions and posting the winners next Friday.

Thanks to all the participants. Have a glorious weekend everyone!


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Contest – Three out of Four

Posted on: July 18th, 2014 by Madison Lake No Comments

And better late than never…More Than Just Friends by Madison Lake

As we head into another weekend full of summer sunshine and holiday sprees, I’ll send you on your way with a question to mull over for our four questions about four books for four prizes contest.

So far, we do not have a single winner, though some answers have come close. So I’ve chosen an easier question for this third round and it comes from my very first book More Than Just Friends

Question: What is the nickname of the main female character in the book?

Remember, send your answer to for a chance to win an autographed copy of the book More Than Just Friends with a personal dedication to you from Madison Lake.

If you need a little reminder, check it out right here.

Happy Weekend!

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Yes, we’re back with another question for our four questions about four books for four prizes.


In Madison Lake’s second book, Salon Antics, who was Liam Irish’s first true love – and possibly the love of his life – until of course you know who comes along.

Send your answer to for a chance to win an autographed copy of the book Salon Antics with a personal dedication to you from Madison Lake.

Get your answers in asap. Meanwhile, look back to the July 4th posting and contest question #1 (click here). All four contests are open for your  submissions until the contest ends on July 31st.  The first people to send in the correct answer by date on your email will be our winners.

See the scoop into Salon Antics and read the first chapter here.

Good luck!


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