Monday, October 28, 2013
My Writing Process--Blog Tour
Anyhow, the awesome Erin Albert tagged me in this really fun blog tour and I was seriously looking forward to posting about it, so despite being late, I'm doing it now! You definitely should go check out her blog on her writing process (and her blog in general, because it's great), and if you haven't heard about THE PROPHESY yet, you definitely need to check out the cover and other fun, because it's going to be epic!
Okay, my answers:
~Currently, not coming off as too crazy to my students. *ahem* Okay, in my writing, I'm currently working on the 4th Sary book, which totally does have a title, and has somehow morphed into a major man-hunt, everything changes for the Sary, book. And it's kinda fun. So far I have about half of it written from Marcus' (from Chemistry) POV, and will be introducting a new character, Morgan, to tell the other half.
For those interested in learning what happened to Julia and Edison, and Ari and Tom, along with Gabby and Jassen from book #3 (which I should be working on edits for....), well, you'll catch that all here :)
I'm also shopping my NA sci-fi, titled AN ABSENCE OF LIGHT. It's got aliens, lasers, and a tattooed hottie--what more could you want? :)
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
~Hmmm. I'm a big fan of lyrical writing--nothing purple, but definitely pretty writing, which I try really hard to have shine through in my books, which isn't terribly common in somewhat dark paranormals. That, and I hit on themes most people don't: grief, suicide, forgiveness of self, etc. I'm not the typical boy-meets-girl, they fall in love, one of them's a vampire/werewolf/fae, and they must save the world. Well, not always anyway.
Why do I write what I write?
~Because I've always loved the real world with a twist scenario. I love seeing a common setting, then watching the reactions of everyone as they deal with a huge, earth shattering change. Whether that's to realize that someone's not what/who they seem, or they had to deal with the loss of someone they thought they couldn't live without. That, and I have to write to keep my sanity (what little there is), and paranormal just seems to be what hits the page. (I have no idea what this says about my subconscious, lol!)
How does your writing process work?
~I am a horrific panster. Actually, I was just at a conference where one of the speakers implored us all to call it a puzzler (she hated the term panster), because we're putting all the pieces together as we go. Kinda like that! Anyhow, I often sit down with a blank sheet of paper and just start writing. Seriously, AAoL totally came to me that way. Other times, a scene will get something started and kick it into gear for me. For SURRENDER THE SKY (book 3), this turned out to be the opening scene in the classroom, where there's a horrific event that leads the main character, Gabby, into a sticky situation. I seriously wish I could outline, but the process for me is about discovery, of the story, characters, world, and I kind of enjoy the journey.
Until I have to revise for ages.
Okay, that's it for me today! I totally need two volunteers to take this on for next week!! (Please????)