SARA Café Welcomes Beckie Ugolini (Writing as R.L. Ugolini)

RLUgolini-SARA pixSC:  When did you join SARA and for what reason?

(B)RLU:  In 2006, Linda Carroll-Bradd attended a SAWG meeting and made an announcement about this new publishing company called The Wild Rose Press. It sounded like a great opportunity for new writers and I wanted to send them something…except I had never written romance before. Frankly, I had never written much of anything. But I felt I had to try. So I wrote “Ruckus and Chick”, a short 1920’s sweet romance. Then I joined SARA and ran my pages through Kharities. Before I knew it, I was a published author at TWRP.

SC:  What sub-genre of romance do you write?

(B)RLU:  I started in historical but soon moved on to contemporary. I don’t like to have to do research details- it takes up too much of my time. So I write what I know.

SC:  Do you consider yourself a romantic?

(B)RLU:  I’m a realist. I love to read about normal, awful people. If they fall in love, super. But I’d be more interested if they simply settled.

SC:  What is the best book you’ve ever read about the craft of writing?

(B)RLU:  There are so many standards out there—Bird by Bird, On Writing, Card’s Elements of Fiction Writing-Characters & Viewpoints. But I also learn a lot about writing simply by reading well-written books.

SC:  Do you have a writing routine? What does it involve?

(B)RLU:  When I sit down to write, my time is regimented. My old desktop computer is fifteen years old. It takes eight minutes to warm up, which is about the time it takes to brew a pot of coffee. I try to write six-hundred words a day. Sometimes, that takes forty-five minutes. Sometimes, the longest two hours of the day.

SC:  What would happen if you didn’t write?

(B)RLU:  I am not one of those people who feel compelled to write. I write because I’ve told myself that is what I’m going to do. If I couldn’t write—if I was excused for some reason from this madness?  I would take a lot more bike rides. And my house would probably be cleaner.

SC:  I know this writer can certainly relate to that! Thank you so much!

Article by Mary Brand