My friend J.R. Pearse Nelson invited me to participate in this here thang. We’ve been friends and crit partners for a couple of years now and I think her books are most excellent. 🙂 You can check out more about her writing process by clicking on her name.
I was supposed to invite three other authors to participate and post next week, but I didn’t deal and it’s Spring Break, so I’m feeling even less dealier. Author buds, if you want to participate, just let me know and I’ll add your info to the end of this post!
1. What am I working on?
Currently, I’m working on Diving In, a companion novel to Crossing. I was supposed to be finishing Frayed, the second Penny Black book, but it was driving me super crazy and I was fixin’ to blow up the whole world if I worked on it one second longer, so I decided writing a contemporary romance might take the edge off. Unfortunately, my hero has an issue that I don’t know anything about, so I’ve got a lot of research ahead of me after I finish the 2nd draft this week. I don’t know why books can’t just have witty dialogue and kissing scenes, but apparently there’s this thing called substance that you reader people enjoy. 🙂
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
First, the guys on my covers are wearing shirts. You’ll recognize my contemp romances by the distinct lack of visible abdominal muscles. Sorry, not sorry. Secondly, the issues that my characters have are not your usual issues…also, the heroes aren’t bad boys and the heroines aren’t good girls that need taking care of. The couples help each other figure out the world together.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I write about what interests me. I write what I feel like writing and reading about.
4. How does my writing process work?
My writing process is basically doing what I can when I can. I kind of plot, but usually throw all of that out as soon as I begin writing the book. I head plot.I come up with brilliant ideas in the middle of the night that I don’t write down. My writing process is scattered and messy and fun and frustrating. It’s devoid of rules, even though I impose rules on it every time I sit down to work. I am not a writer you learn something from. Ha! Don’t do what I do.
If you ever want to ask me questions about how a writer is supposed to do things, I can tell you, but then you’ll just go and muck it up in your own unique way.
As you should.
I’m off to do writing sprints/garage cleaning sprints for the rest of the day. Have a good one.