Hi Everyone... I'm a part of this blog tour because Anna Lee who I consider to be a good friend, and very talented writer in her own right asked me to participate... So here I am... I've added her link so you can go and check her out.
Okay I have four questions to answer for all of you about my writing process ~ bear with me as I have a tendency to ramble on a bit.
1) What am I working on now?
I know what I'm supposed to be working on, but for some reason my mind comes back to the one paranormal series, and I can do nothing but give into the whims of the voices inside my head....
So seriously: I'm currently working through a lot of thoughts and scene ideas for The Lines Of Marsden 3: You Make Me Die In Pieces. once I work through them it's all down to putting them in chronological order and writing the link scenes which will join them all together into the whole novel.
I'm also working on the freebie. for the Goodreads MMRomance Don't Read In The Closet 2014: Love's Landscape... My story is called: I Couldn't Care Less What You Think... I'm in the process of typing up all my notes for that one... then I need to hunt down someone willing to be my beta reader.
2) How does my work vary from others in this genre?
To be honest I'm not sure. I'm not exactly one to follow the rules... If I don't like what's expected by everyone, then I just change it to suite myself. I try to always use words that I would say. I hate researching, hence the reason I love paranormal so much ~ because then I can write it however I want. Though, I'm trying to write more aggressive if that makes sense. I've been told by a few people that I write sickly sweet - I never sent out to do that. Then I realised others have absolutely loved my work and I figure as long as I please at least on person than my job is done... I always encourage people if they read on of my books and think I have left something unanswered in a storyline the get in touch with me - leave me a comment here on the blog or on PM me on face book and I will try to work the answers into future story lines.
Getting back to the question at hand: I think the difference between me and others is the way a reader perceives a story-sees it unfolding in their heads... I personally think I write just like everyone else the journey is different for ever reader.
3) Why do I write what I write?
I write in the MM genre because I like reading works by other authors in this same genre. Though why paranormal? I guess the answer to that has been I have always been fascinated with the paranormal, supernatural, and fantasy elements in life, and I must admit I dabble in them all on occasion. I even write straight out contemporary. I think if I wrote the same thing day in and day out I'd go bloody bonkers. Another reason I always have more than one story on the desktop at the same time. So I can choose each morning what best suites my mood for each day.
4) How does your writing process work?
I'm what you would call a panster in the writing world - as in I fly by the seat of my pants - so to speak. Normally I'm not a plotter I usually just sit at the computer each day with a story open and write whatever the hell falls out of my head. I know up above I said I have a lot of notes on stories and I thought I should clarify that statement for everyone. For the last three months I have been ill with migraines, and Ross River fever... so I haven't been able to sit at my computer for long periods and found it way easier just to long hand everything from the comfort of my bed while I recovered. As also mentioned above I don't know what I'm going to work on each day until I get up and turn on my computer.
I'm also one of those people that hates re reading my own work so I try when working on a story to re read the last five pages of whatever I'm working on just to get back into the flow of the story. once the story is finished - no matter how long it is - I go back and make whatever changes needed before sending it to my beta reader. I also suck at punctuation so my wonderful friend Jim Adkinson (Yoda) goes through, and tries to fix all the punctuation for me.
I've been trying to keep track of all my character profiles as well so that in future books I can remember exactly what the hell they looked like... It's a slow and long process because I have so many to catch up on. I should have thought to do this right from the beginning.
I try to work on my writing from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. everyday without fail. I believe to be consistent you need a routine to follow. some days I write a lot other days I write nothing at all because my life gets in the road due to family and other appointments. I always carry a notepad and pen in case I need to jot an idea down while away from the computer... mainly so I don't forget whatever the hell it was I was thinking about... I have a memory like a sieve.
Who's following me:
I have asked three incredible authors to follow me in this tour starting with the wonderful Z Allora who writes some of the hottest rockers & zombie stories I have ever read. Mind you at the time I forgot she didn't have a blog so I will be hosting her on mine (see I told you my brain wasn't back to normal yet).
Secondly I've asked Jess Buffett who is just an amazing person jess also writes in the paranormal - mind you she writes a little bit of everything. I got to hang out with her for awhile in Sydney last year. I love her books and I think you will too.
Last but not least is the very talented Vona Logan who is fast becoming a good friend of mine. she write contemporary with a little supernatural thrown in...worth checking out.