Today I have a special guest author visiting my blog. Denyse Cohen is a fellow Crimson Romance author. Without further babble from me, here’s Denyse!
A Writer’s Lookbook
Now that my first novel, One Hit Wonder, is out and I can shout to the world that I’m a published author I feel my work has just started. No, I’m not talking about studying the English grammar manuals and reading endless books about the craft of writing (which I still do.)
I’m talking about my “published author” wardrobe. I mean, a girl have to be prepared to present herself professionally should the occasion demand, right? Imagine how dreadful it’ll be if when asked what I do and I answer “I’m a writer,” people look me head to toe to see a shameful outfit that speaks more of college drop-out (which I’m certainly not) than “published author.”
Have I said “published author” enough? I’m still in shock. Please, bear with me.
While I wish I could wear Audrey’s (my kick-ass heroine from One Hit Wonder) preferred outfit all the time: Levi’s and biker boots, I know—as she does—that sometimes you have to let go of jeans and bring out the dresses and heels. She didn’t exactly wear heels when she asked John out (yes, she’s the one who did the asking) but a sexy halter dress.
While bringing out the sexy is not really a problem, right, girls? We all have it and we know how to use it.
Bringing out the professional without settling for tweed suits is more challenging, unless, of course, you have the few thousands of dollars to spend on a Gucci tailored suit, such as the one Frieda Pinto wore to Tribeca festival.
So, what is a “published author” —with a very limited budget— to do?
Only one answer: be creative! And bargain shopping—all right two answers.
What I sometimes do is go to www.lookbook.nu to find inspiration, then go to my local discount stores in search of marked down treasures to mix and match until I have the perfect ensemble. I never rely on women’s magazines, for I think they’re very trendy oriented, which I think makes us look all the same.
What could be worse than looking like a college drop-out? Looking exactly like the other “published author” right beside me.
Denyse Cohen is a Brazilian visual artist and writer living in South Carolina. Her debut novel, One Hit Wonder, was published in June by Crimson Romance.
Check out her blog www.denysecohen.com
Here’s a link for the first chapter excerpt: http://www.
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Thank you so much, Denyse, for being a part of my blog!