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...





14 comments:

  1. I loved your story. And you couldn't possibly think stand-alone with the climate of series addiction. Can't wait for Witch Boy. I can say that I remember when it was still baking in the oven or was that when it was in the mixing bowl. Your process is all yours and not a thing wrong with that!

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    1. LOL, Michelle, you DO remember when it was still baking in the oven... Too funny.

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  2. Evie, first off thank you so much for accepting the challenge and answering these questions! Second, I LOVE this answer:

    "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."

    I totally want to read that story and P.S. Witch Boy cover is crazy cool. xoxo

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    1. Thank YOU so much, Carlene, for inviting me to play! And thanks for the good words on Witch Boy. I love that cover, too, and cant' wait till it's a real book. :-)

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  3. Like that title for your new book:)! And yeah, building your own world is the joy (and for moi:), heartbreak of writing paranormal stories...world building ain't no joke! Great post!

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    1. Thanks, Denny. Worldbuilding is The Hard but also The Payoff. We wouldn't love it if it wasn't a challenge, would we?

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  4. Can't wait until WITCH BOY comes out.

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  5. Wow! Witch Boy sounds like a book I'm going to love! Really looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Hi Debra, thanks for stopping by. When you read Witch Boy, I'd love to hear what you think!

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  6. Interesting that every book has its own process. It's the same for me, which has always seemed like an unnecessary struggle. How is it fair to not only have to write a new book, but figure out a new WAY to write it? LOL

    OTOH, you're creating and entering a whole new world, every time, so why wouldn't it require a different process? So now I choose to believe it's a sign we're doing something RIGHT! :-D

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    1. As always, Elaine, I like the way you think. We're doing it right!!! Hurray! :-)

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  7. "And writing is such a labor of love that I can't imagine trying to write anything else." Is this BS? HA! I think we writers write because we can't NOT write...as for the labor of love thing, well, okay, you're an honest women, so I'm sure you mean this. I, on the other hand, feel like I need an exorcist when I'm writing. Hey, maybe I should be writing about the dead...XXX great post.

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  8. LOL, Emelle! When I said "writing is such a labor of love" that was my little code for saying that writing is HARD, yo. So hard that I can't imagine wasting the time and effort trying to write something that I DON'T love...

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