I was actually supposed to post this on March 24th. But the server my website was previously hosted on was hacked and my site was down for over a week. (No worries – all my files have been vetted by an expert and they’re clean.) So, I’m late with my post. I decided to go ahead and post off day, so that those I’ve tagged can get back on track next Monday.
So…what is this? This blog tour is where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process. I was invited to this event by Meredith Bond. She’s a real sweetheart and fantastic author. You can check out Meredith’s Writing Process here. It’s interesting to me to see how other writers do the deed.
What am I working on?
I’m currently working on two more episodes for my brand new SURVIVAL series. I wrote the original short story for a charity anthology, LET’S SCARE CANCER TO DEATH. All proceeds for this go to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. (You can read more about it and my inspiration here.) I hope you’ll join us so we can SCARE CANCER TO DEATH.
I thought the story would be a one time thing, but I enjoyed spending time with these characters and writing about zombies (who knew? LOL) so much, I decided to make it a serial. I absolutely love my cover and will be revealing it soon!
Here’s the blurb for SURVIVAL:
When Sarah escapes from her brutal abductors, she promises to return to rescue her twin sister, but with the dead walking the earth she is forced to rely on a coworker who made her work life hell for years. With her coworker weakened by cancer treatments, her sister still imprisoned, and the dead looking for an easy meal, Sarah’s only plan, if she can pull it off, is Survival.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
That’s a really good question. I guess you could say I put my own spin on things. I spent a lot of years working within the court system, working with families, and seeing the good, the bad, and the funny. So I have a lot of experience in human nature and I hope I express those attributes and complexities in my writing.
Imagine knocking on someone’s door only to have it answered by someone with no clothes on? Nude, naked, NEKKID. Yeah – investigation had its moments. LOL The first time that happened to me, I was a greenhorn. And completely shocked. But you’d be surprised (or maybe not) how many people I’ve actually seen answer the door in the buff over twenty years.
So, I try to put the unexpected in my work.
Why do I write what I do?
Basically because it’s what comes to me. I’m sure what I write has been molded through the years by the television/movies I’ve watched and the books I’ve read. I write what I enjoy reading. I love the tension, the suspense of action, horror, and mystery. There’s nothing quite like feeling your heart race, your nerves tingling, and your senses heighten – feeling the fear, the anxiety; yet, knowing in the back of your mind you’re still safe in your home.
I read a lot of genres, and I write a lot of different genres as well. But regardless of genre, they usually all have a dark side. Yet, they also have a hopefulness about them. As much as I like the macabre, I also love a happy ending. Because down deep, I still believe in the goodness of people.
How does your writing process work?
I tried. I really did. But there is just no way I can plot, outline, plan. I’m definitely a pantser by nature. My characters tend to be a little stubborn, and they don’t always do what I tell them. They insist that they know better and reluctantly, I have to agree — they usually do.
When I start writing, I mostly have a beginning in mind, somewhat of an ending, and the middle….well, that’s what makes it fun for me. I have no idea what happens and I enjoy finding out as I write. Sometimes the beginning will get scrapped in the rewrite when I figure out I should have started elsewhere. And sometimes the bad guy isn’t who I thought it was. I figure if it’s a surprise for me, hopefully it will be a surprise for my readers as well.
Next Monday, April 7, 2014, you can find out about the writing processes of three of my friends. They’re all pretty awesome!
Claire C Riley is a writer of dark paranormal romances and zombie horror, plus a ton of other things to give you chills! She lives in the United Kingdom with her three young daughters, husband and one scruffy dog! Claire has written several books including ‘Limerence,’ ‘Odium.The Dead Saga,’ and ‘Odium Origins. A Dead Saga Novella Part one.’ She is also a proud contributor to several anthologies and is one of my co-authors in the ‘Let’s Scare Cancer to Death’ anthology.
In 2014 she shall be releasing, amongst many other things, ‘Odium II. The Dead Saga,’ ‘Odium Origins. A Dead Saga Novella Part Two.’ and ‘Limerence II.Mia’. Odium was listed as a top #100 dystopian book on Amazon for 2013 and has also won the Indie Book of the Day Award. You’ll be able to check out Claire’s writing process here on the 7th.
Eli Constant lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters. She is surrounded by battlefield country, farmland and lakes. Currently, she spends her days being a devoted mother and, of course, writing. Eli feels fortunate that her marriage is one of real love and she thinks her children are the coolest people in the world. She also feels so lucky to have an extended family that is ever present with encouragement and kind words.
Eli will soon release her DEAD TREES 2, the follow up to DEAD, her debut horror novel. She most recently released MASTIC, an urban thriller with a touch of fantasy. And she’s another of my Let’s Scare Cancer to Death co-authors. You’ll be able to read about Eli’s writing process here on the 7th.
Kiru Taye is the award-winning and best-selling author of His Treasure. As a young adult, she read a lot of books. Mostly, she loved the romantic stories for the fantasy of being swept away by dashing heroes to exotic locations. Though her reading tastes have matured since then, she still loves reading romance novels. Having always dreamt of writing novels, she finally ‘bit the bullet’ in 2010 and wrote her first contemporary romance novel which she submitted the first chapter as an entry to New Voices writing contest in September 2010. It was shortlisted for ‘call-back’.
She writes historical, contemporary and paranormal romance. Her stories are sensual and steamy, her characters passionate and sassy and her settings, atmospheric and exotic. Kiru has written several books/series including the Men of Valor series and Challenge series. Her most recent release — A Valentine Challenge. You can read about Kiru’s writing process here on the 7th.
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