I am a Writer: Meet Raven McAllan

May 25, 2011

Raven McAllan

Raven McAllan

Name and/or Pen Name: *Raven McAllan

Blog/web site/twitter: ravenmcallanauthor.weebly.com, @RavenMcAllan

Where I write: Anywhere I can sit. I am at last the proud owner of a MacBook Air, since lovely hubby got fed up of my “this lap top is slow, old and heavy” and “it hurts to sit at the desk top.”

What I write: Anything romance-y: historical, mystery, contemporary, m/m and even a historical f/f/m. I’m having fun seeing what I can do.

Worst rejection: “Sorry not suitable.” When I asked very politely why, I was assured they would get back to me. Waiting… I accept it might not be any good, but please, please tell me why. Even if it’s a “badly written unbelievable plot, cardboard character and terrible grammar” rejection, I want to get better. Of course finding something nice in a rejection is good as well.

Best rejection: The first in this bout of writing from Harlequin Historical Undone with a specific “next time you submit, please remember the following…” and things to follow. Really helpful. I haven’t re-submitted yet, but I will. Also someone who took the time to give me a few specifics where I’d gone wrong. I didn’t necessarily agree, but it helped to show me something editors may not like.

What keeps me writing: Compulsion. A day without writing is like a day without food. I have fibromyalgia and can only type in short bursts. I am getting very good at plotting in my head and remembering it. I have always scribbled, although after two rejections in a few years and a lot of years ago have only started seriously since I’ve not been able to work. It’s a life line. Also I have a burning desire to do better than something I have read and thought, “I could do that.”

I am a writer: I can’t imagine not being one. Even as a child I wrote. I’ve always had a vivid imagination. (According to one teacher, too vivid!) As an only child, writing meant I was never lonely. I could play with my imaginary friends. Even though as yet unpublished, I have faith in me. Ok, it wavers when a big “R” comes in for something I thought was good…but hey ho. One day!

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[We’d like to thank Raven for sharing with us. If you’re an unpublished romance writer who is interested in being profiled, email Elley.]

*Editor’s Note: Raven is no longer an unpublished author! On October 7, 2011, her debut novel, Wallflowers Don’t Wilt, became available from Breathless Press.

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9 Responses to “I am a Writer: Meet Raven McAllan”

  1. Kiru Taye Says:

    It’s great to see you on here Joanne. Keep writing. I certainly enjoying reading your stories.

  2. Doris O'Connor Says:

    I didn’t know you were an only child like me! Something else we have in common 😉

    Def keep writing, I love your stuff!

  3. Joanne Robinson Says:

    er Elley.. which quote ? all i get is i agree tho !

  4. Liz Black Says:

    Keep writing Joanne – well done on your success so far. Look forward to seeing your books on the shelf!


  5. I think that ability to keep working toward your goal despite discouragements will serve you well. This is a difficult industry and half the battle is being able to cope with those challenges. Good luck!

  6. Summer Says:

    Good to know you’re keeping up the effort despite your problems. Things worthwhile are never easy to get. Wish you success!


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