Clearing Chaos from the Mind

by Joan Ramirez

When I was a returning grad school student quite a few years ago, I spoke to my counselor about my ability to keep up with my classmates. I hadn’t been in a classroom setting for some time. She told me, “Security is in the mind.”

It altered, in a positive way, my ability to focus on content instead of constant worry over grades. I maintained my A average. While novel writing, all genres, isn’t as straightforward as listening to a professor or studying for an exam, focus and structure are involved. In this time of health uncertainty, the best thing each of us can do for our writing careers is FOCUS on our characters as we breathe life and meaning into them and create a world for our readers to step into. One where we engage the readers’ emotions.

Published in April 2020 issue of Long Island Romance Writers’ Shorelines Newsletter

RWANYC Blogging In The Big Apple

Friday, June 19, 2020



Every week we bring you an exciting hot book cover from 
one of New York’s Leading Romance Authors.


by J.L. Regen

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Margo Simmons is ecstatic when she inherits her uncle’s Manhattan apartment and a handsome sum of money. To her chagrin, there are strings attached. She must be gainfully employed in a job for a year. Everything in Margo’s life has complications. When she meets the man of her dreams, she anguishes over how to fulfill her secret desires for a loving relationship because he is still emotionally tied to his deceased wife and afraid to open his heart again. To replace her fractured childhood growing up with a distant stepfather, Margo becomes the guardian of an elementary student who longs for connection and closeness. As the story evolves, readers will see how these individuals unite.


SECRET DESIRES is a contemporary romance written from the heart and speaks to anyone who has suffered a loss and had to start over.

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RWANYC Blogging In The Big Apple

Monday, June 8, 2020


Every week RWA/NYC will Spotlight one of its Members.

Just a fun way for readers to meet 
New York’s Leading Romance Authors.

HOW ARE YOU STAYING SANE DURING THIS PANDEMIC PAUSE? Joan is keeping in touch with loving friends and her husband, who is very supportive.


1.    Joan is a plotter.
2.    Her first book was SECRET DESIRES in 2018.
3.    It was nominated for a Readers Choice Award.
4.    She can write any time of the day.
5.    No music. Joan can’t write with music playing.
6.    Her secret crush is Paul Newman.
7.    Her favorite author is Ernst Hemingway.

8.    Joan’s favorite city to set a romance is the City of Love…. Paris.
9.    She believes in a strong HEA.
10.  She advises all writers to be true to themselves and their writing desires.


Newsletter of the Long Island Romance Writers, Inc. Volume 25, No.6

I admire my dear friend and colleague, Claudia, in Argentina. She’s going through such agony being quarantined from March until September. A dedicated college professor and poetry author, she gets up every day with a smile on her beautiful face, applies makeup, wears lovely outfits, and matching earrings. I suggested the added touch of perfume to fill the air.

Everyone says to “plant your bottom in the seat.” It is more than that. You need the mindset to pre-program your brain to gather your writing thoughts BEFORE you plant your bottom in that seat and, despite the temptation to check emails, go for several walks, and more trips to the kitchen for snacks and beverages, give yourself a deadline EACH day and a word count EACH day. Try it.  Let me know how it goes. My students tell me I motivate them to learn. I’d like to do the same for you!

Joan Participated in History Online

On April 2, 2020 Joan had the pleasure of participating in a history meet hosted by The New York Historical Society to engage teachers from all over the country in a discussion that included the 1918 flu epidemic. It was an informative hour led by Valerie Paley, Senior Vice President, Chief Historian and Director, Center for Women’s History and moderated by Leslie Hayes, Director of Education as well as Mia Nagawiecki, Vice President of Education.

An interesting fact discussed at the meeting was the lack of information and education about the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. Nearly everyone present agreed that the coverage of this historic event was absent from the present K-12 curriculum.

A group of 66 teachers—yes, I’m still in the teaching loop—compared notes and exchanged education updates.

Bravo to NYHS. They’re going the extra mile to see that history in the school system comes alive.

The International Women’s Writing Guild

MicrophoneThe Guild hosted an Open Mic on March 12, 2020. Joan Read from her completed historical suspense  novel, which is now out to agents for review. Here is a list of comments from participants:

Listener 1: “He prayed he wouldn’t die today – strong stuff.”

Listener 2: “I love history, thank you Joan, very                                                 informative, just wow!”

Listener 3: “Good pacing of story. I want to read it.                                           Fresh. Rich images.”

Listener 4: ” Was quite suspenseful

Listener 5: “Interesting”

Listener 6: “Very engaging!”

Listener 7: “So much detail