My Writing Process
I've been invited to join this fun little blog tour by the effervescent and beautiful Rebecca Syme. You can find her post about her writing process here. She has a new book out and it's fantastic!
I chose to do this tour for two reasons, 1) I adore Becca and can't say no to her 🙂 and 2) I have some exciting news about my books and thought this would be a great opportunity to share it with you!
Before that fun bit of awesomeness, here are my answers to the questions Becca posed to me:
1) What am I working on?
Right now I'm working on revisions and edits for the first book in my Song of the Swords fantasy series, The Stones of Kaldaar. Long time readers of this blog might remember the book was originally called, The Temple of Ardyn. That gigantic beastie got split up and is now book two of the series. SPOILER: the big news has to do with The Stones of Kaldaar!
In addition to polishing up TSoK, I'm also participating in my RWA San Diego Chapter's April Challenge. I've challenged myself to write 50,000 words on a new novel. Yikes! I'm 20,000 words in and hope to make my goal.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Well, first of all, you know you're going to get a kickass heroine with my books. She might not start out totally badass, but by the end of the book, she won't take sass from anyone. Also, I write strong heroes who might not be your typical Alpha hero, but they are definitely swoon worthy. I like to think of them as the quiet, but lethal type of guy. And there will always be romance in my novels. Always.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Because I love to tell stories! Fantasy I write because seriously, who doesn't want to live on another planet and have magic? Getting to create worlds is ridiculously fun for me. The romantic suspense books I get to play around with murder, mayhem, and blowing stuff up. Yes, please! And the urban fantasy novels, well that's just fun to put faeries and mortals together. Of course, I enjoy writing the romance, too. All characters need a little sexy time!
4) How does your writing process work?
Like a charm!
Ha. I wish. First, I get an idea. Usually it pops into my head when I'm smack in the middle of another story and all I want to do is chase that shiny new idea down that rabbit hole. But I won't. Instead, I'll make notes and get back to the story I'm working on. I'm the type of writer that writes a complete first draft and then goes back to revise. I have friends that can write a chapter here, or a chapter there, but I can't do that. It gives me a twitch just thinking about it! I write from chapter one to the end. If I get an idea for a chapter later in the book, I'll jot down notes and move on. Naps are my friend. Seriously! If I get stuck on a plot point, I'll take a quick snooze and daydream the scene/problem. Usually, by the time I get up, I'll have the issue sorted. Naps should be a tax write-off.
So there you have it! My four answers to the writing process blog tour. I've invited a few of my friends to play along and would love it if you could please check out Debra Kristi's and Kristy K. James' blogs to read about their process!
Debra Kristi is a work-in-progress superhero mom by day, a married pre-princess Cinderella by night, with a 24/7 cast of characters dictating stories in her head.
Kristy K. James is a former cop wannabe – turned mom – turned writer, spinning tales in the midst of a chaotic zoo full of stray animals she couldn’t say no to.
And now for the super exciting news!
The Stones of Kaldaar will be coming out this summer! I'm hoping for a July release, but it might be August. I'm working with Carol Phillips on a cover design and she's rocking my socks off with her sketches. You can check out her art here. There will definitely be more updates about the release date. Also, I am finally putting the finishing touches on my newsletter! If you'd like release information and loads of extras emailed to you directly, you can sign up here!
It's been a long journey, and a wild one, but I'm so glad you've been there with me. I can't wait to share my novel with you. This is only the beginning of the adventure! Thank you for being here with me.