Oh blog tours, how I love thee.
The lovely Jimena Novaro invited me to take part in this blog tour. Each person is to answer four questions about their writing process, and then invites others to do the same. I encourage you to check out her post here. Not only do her current works in progress sound interesting, but she posts regularly to a serial novel on her website!
At the bottom of this I’ll list three others that will be participating in the tour. Their posts should be going up next week, so stay tuned!
And now, the answers to the four questions:
1) What am I working on?
Far too many things!
We’ll stick to what’s currently going on. At the moment, I have finished the initial draft of the second book in a YA UF series. After that, I’ll write the third, and release all three at the same time. The best part? These books tie into the lore and legend of my current fantasy serial Before the Shroud.
As a special surprise, for the first time anywhere, here is the cover for the first book in the new series, Guardians of the Shroud!
Pretty awesome, right!? I can’t wait to show you the other two, but those will have to wait.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
A slippery question. I’ll start by saying I write in a variety of genres: scifi, fantasy, urban fantasy—but through it all, there are a few threads that remain. It’s just the way I do things. My “style” as it were. For one, my focus is on plot. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe in fully developed, well thought out characters. In the end, however, it’s the story that gets me excited to write.
In addition to that, I’ll say the other thing is character death. I kill people… frequently. I don’t do it from any sadistic glee in causing the reader harm. When someone dies, it’s for the story. Still, no one is safe. This means that, yes, sometimes a story will be grim or dark without a happy ending, but that’s because that is the story being told. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? I don’t know. I guess that’s up to the reader.
3) Why do I write what I do?
It’s not something I can stop doing. Not to be artistic and floaty, but it really is as simple as that. I don’t actively try to think of what to write next. I’m driving down the street, or watching a movie, playing a game, or even reading someone else’s book, and suddenly I’ve come up with a character, plot, world, and can judge about the proper length to tell the story. As it stands right now, I have about fifteen books I want to write just in this year alone. I obviously won’t get to all of them, but that’s where I’m at. In a month from now, two months, that number might go up to twenty, or even thirty. I love stories, and I love telling them. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would still be a writer. It’s just not something I can stop doing.
4) How does my writing process work?
Boy howdy that’s a doozy! First, I get the idea, and then I let it mentally marinate for however long it needs. Maybe a week, maybe three months. In that time, I think of characters, flesh out the world, make connections and decide what everyone’s main goal and driving force is. I play different scenes in my head, trying out conversations or fights.
When I feel I understand what I’m working with, I “plot” it out, which consists of a series of shorthand notes letting me know in the most general way possible how the plot will make it from beginning to end. That’s about 10%. Then I sit down and write it chronologically from page one to The End…
…as one large paragraph.
Yeah, I know. It’s weird. Don’t ask me how it got started, but that’s how I write. Then it gets one revision to make it readable, and I catch any typos, add detail, or clean up sentence repetition. Then it’s onto beta readers, and finally to the fine people of the public.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you found it informative and fun. If you’d like to keep up on my new releases, be sure to sign up for my newsletter here (and receive one of my books for free!)
As promised, below are some fine authors that I’ve invited to take part in the tour. Be sure to check them out!