Sunday, May 4, 2014

My Writing Process - Blog Tour

Firstly, many thanks go out to the wonderful Aliyah Burke for asking me to take part in this Blog Hop -- she's a great lady and an awesome writer.  And she is the Jedi Master -- even if she balks at the title I've bestowed upon her.

Below are my four answers to the questions posed about my writing process.

1) What am I working on?

I've just finished up edits on my June 1 release Return to Her, part of the Red Hot and Boom collection of Fourth of July shorts.  And I've started outlining the story for Wildfire, my upcoming release with Twisted E-Publishing, as well as another short for another pen name I write under.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I write all over the subgenre map, so the answer to that question could get lengthy.  But each author has a unique voice and POV when approaching a story, and they bring their own life experiences and nuance to the tale.

3) Why do I write what I do?

It's whatever my muse parks in my head and what's screaming the loudest.  I try to keep to a schedule -- my handy dandy dry erase board is filled up through June now and it's time to revisit it.  I typically schedule about six months in advance.  Bu there are times when a character or story will push their way to the head of the line, and that's always magical.  You listen when they do that.

4) How does your writing process work?

My mind is constantly churning stories over in the back of my mind.  I tend to drift a lot, especially while driving (I promise I'm a good driver!).  But even in the midst of a conversation with someone, an idea will strike and I'm sadly half-listening to the person talking and stringing together plot points in my head.  I am a quasi-pantser.  I like to write a VERY loose outline so I know point A to point Z, but usually it's just a sentence or two about what each chapter should be about and what things must happen to continue the story.  Quite often in the process, I'll go off on a tangent and have to revisit the outline and make changes.  Sometimes the tangents aren't good and I delete huge chunks, kicking myself the whole time.  But more often than not, wherever my muse has led me works and improves the story idea I originally had.  Deleting huge chunks makes me cry.  I don't do it often, fortunately.

Now, for next week, I’ve chosen these three authors so make sure you go to their sites and check out not only their writing processes but also the authors they tag. Who knows, you may find a new author to read!

Emma Shortt

I write in all sorts of genres, though the vast majority of my work has a romance bubbling within it (inspired by my real life hero, my husband, fondly referred to as 'The Greek'). Mostly I just write whatever takes my fancy and hope that someone, somewhere, will want to buy it when it's finished.

AD Marrow

AD Marrow is a sapiophile, a proud Geek and a lover of snark, but more importantly she's addicted to romance. The snarkier and spicier the better. She loves to hear from readers...that means you Precious.

Small town girl writing small town romance, her characters are as full of flaws, misunderstandings, and flat out mistakes as Virginia herself. Virginia likes knights in rusted and dinged up armor, heroes that snarl instead of croon, and heroines who can’t remember to say the right thing even with an author writing their dialogue. Her books are full of snark, sex, and random acts of ineptitude—not always in that order.