Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Writing Process Blog Tour!

Welcome to a blog tour where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process. My friend, the beautiful and talented Carlene Love, posted hers last week, where she gives you the insider information on how she writes her Sin Pointe stories -- and she tagged me to join the tour. 
Thanks, Carlene! This was fun to think about! 

What am I working on?
Right now I'm working on final changes to my YA novel, Witch Boy (coming SOON!) and brainstorming ideas for a couple other projects, including the next Psychic Detective novella. When I submitted The Psychic Detective novella for inclusion in the "Once & Forever" anthology that my critique group published, I intended it to be a standalone story, but readers started asking me when the next story would come out and that got the wheels in my brain turning. So more trouble for Erin and Martin is definitely brewing...also, more hawt sex. :-)

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Since both The Psychic Detective and Witch Boy are paranormal stories, that's a very difficult question to answer. To my mind, most paranormal stories are different because most authors build their own paranormal worlds. Even when some of the elements -- vampires, witches, ghosts -- are the same, authors usually give the rules that govern them their own individual twist. I try to set my stories in THIS world, in hopes of drawing the reader into the illusion that the hot guy down the street might actually be able to talk to the dead. And what if one of those dead people belonged to you...because all of MY favorite stories have that "what if" factor.

Why do I write what I do?
I write the stories I would want to read. And writing is such a labor of love that I can't imagine trying to write anything else. 

How does your writing process work?
In fits and starts, unfortunately. I've spent my entire writing life trying to figure out my process. One thing seems to be true, though, which is that my process is different for every project. And that's no help whatsoever. 

And now it's my turn to tag some people! I've chosen three of my critique partners. All of them are way more prolific than I am, so I'm dying to see their answers! 
Check them out next Monday to find out their secrets to success...

Emelle Gamble started out writing for Harlequin Intrigue, back in the day, but now she's making a splash in blended genre novels writing relationship stories about women and the men they love and the friends they hold dearest, mixed with a little touch of something else like a mystery or a ghost...

Mackenzie Lucas writes contemporary and paranormal romance with a big dose of hot sexual tension. She enjoys smart-mouthed, sexy heroines and hunky alpha heroes who know how to take care of their women...

And last but never least, Michelle Monkou. Michelle has published with BET's Arabesque imprint and Harlequin's Kimani Romance imprint, and she just come out with something completely different from Evernight Publishing -- "Into The Pride" -- which is the first in her Nuuba shifters series. It's SO new I haven't even had a chance to read it yet...