It started as a spark of inspiration in the wake of what turned out to be a really cool workshop. Two friends who share a common interest in martial arts came together to teach an eager, and surprisingly bloodthirsty, group of authors about using martial arts in their fight scenes. It didn’t blossom into a full blown idea until a few weeks later on a long and rainy car ride home from the Liberty States Fiction Writers conference. How cool would it be to create a blog that meshed martial arts, women’s self defense and writing. Who better to take on such a project, then two women who are karate black belts and writers? But something was still missing. A fellow writer and friend who could bring the prospective of a beginning martial artist to the table. With that last piece added, the Attacking the Page blog was born.
Who exactly are the glamorous ladies of AtP? Let us introduce ourselves:
Melinda Leigh began writing when her youngest child entered first grade as a way to preserve her sanity and put to use the overactive imagination. She holds a Black Belt in Kenpo Karate and studies Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She is also an instructor for the women’s self defense program Fight Like a Girl.
Kathy Fawcett is a shodan (1st grade black belt) in Isshinryu Karate and helps run her husband‘s dojo, the NJ Academy of Martial Arts, located in Lebanon, NJ. She is also a certified women’s self-defense instructor with the FLAG (Fight Like a Girl) Program. Kathy writes paranormal romances and loves kick butt heroes and heroines.
Rayna Vause finally stepped onto the mat, with a little encouragement from her friends, and has worked her way into a yellow belt. She has published a paranormal romantic suspense novel and has more stories that are currently looking for homes.
Collectively, we hope to bring you insights into the craft and business of writing, offer tips of self defense and personal safety, and perhaps a little fun and inspiration. We’ll be putting up new posts every Monday and a safety tip every Thursday. So we hope you’ll stop by often. In the meantime, stay safe and happy writing!
Melinda, Kathy, and Rayna