Hi everyone and welcome to a blog tour where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process. My friend, Elyzabeth M. Valey, posted hers last week. You can check out that post at In a Dream Beyond, for some insight into the process that brought about her newest release, Blind Beauty. Big thanks to Elyzabeth for inviting me to share this week. 🙂
What am I working on?
Well one thing’s for sure, I’m a busy girl! It doesn’t normally work like this for me but I’ve got three projects going all at once and best news…they’re each flowing along nicely. In no particular order, there is a free read story related to my Sin Pointe Novels. It’s about a struggling band and the girl who becomes endeared to them who then has to report back to her boss whether they should be given a second shot at touring with mega rockers, Sin Pointe, or not. I’m also working on the fourth book in the Sin Pointe series which belongs to wickedly adorable bass player Stefan. He’s responsible for my permanent blush. Last is a story whose idea came to me years ago and I’m now getting back to. I love it and the fire in me to share it with the masses is so strong. I’m holding it really close to my heart and don’t want to jinx anything but it combines two of my favorite things: soldiers and movies.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Hmm, that’s a good question. You know what I’d say is that I want my stories to be a special blend of darker subjects and sexy intimacy. The way I’ve worked this out is by focusing on the things my couples say to each other when they’re in their most vulnerable places. Whether it’s during their love scene or sitting in an abandoned lot with a breakdown about to occur. I listen to the characters and then I write. For the most part, I try to bring that dialogue through the story with as little editing as possible because I want us all to read their story much less than I want you to hear me, the author.
Why do I write what I do?
I like this question because it’s one I don’t really have an answer for. A lot of times writers are advised to write what they love. My favorite genre to read is paranormal romance, but the stories and people who come to me (at least so far) are all folks who live and breathe in our contemporary world. Especially Rock Stars! One thing I love about my publisher, Evernight, is that they are open to their authors writing in many different genres. So who knows? Maybe this year’s Christmas story will be a shifter romance…I did fall in love with the cutest Siberian Reindeer during my visit to the San Diego Zoo! Seriously though, I just want to write love stories, whether that’s contemporary, paranormal or maybe even a time-traveling western.
How does your writing process work?
Not always, but very often it goes a little something like this: It’s dark, I’m laying in bed and images of two people having a very intimate conversation come to mind. I lay there and “listen” to them over and over until I fall asleep. When I get up, I go downstairs and after finishing up the family’s morning routine, I write that scene. And then I ask myself how they got there and where they go afterwards. I try not to plot too much of the story because I’m one of those writers who find it hard to stay excited about the story if I already know exactly where it goes from beginning to end. I want to experience the twists and turns as they happen right alongside my characters. Music is also a must. I could write a 100,000 word novel from the inspiration of one line from a favorite song. Kind of like this line from Casey James’ song Miss Your Fire, “I miss the way you weren’t ashamed, the way you never closed your eyes.”
Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my post!! You can check out the writing processes of a few of my fave writer friends next Monday, February 24th! Links to blogs provided in their bios below. 🙂
J.T. Bock is the author of A Surefire Way. When she was a child, she wanted to be James Bond or Indiana Jones or a vampire hunter or Wonder Woman. Whatever brought her the most action, adventure and romance while play-acting on her stage, otherwise known as her grandmother’s basement. Now J.T. has assembled her own team of action heroes, supernatural creatures and maniacal villains and set them on adventures far from her basement to exotic lands and alternate dimensions. Hop on over to her blog, Write Your Own Ending.
Evie Owens is the author of The Psychic Detective from the romance anthology, Once and Forever. Writing is her passion. She’s written a historical romance, a contemporary paranormal romance, a young adult paranormal romance, and numerous short stories, but she always always writes the stories she would want to read. Hop on over to her blog, All About Evie.
Denny S. Bryce A 2013 Four Seasons Contest (Windy City RWA) finalist, a 2013 Daphne Contest and a 2013 Linda Howard Award of Excellence second place winner, Denny writes contemporary romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and YA paranormal. Hot on the tracks of her first sale, she is currently polishing her novel about a former FBI contractor who is playing cat and mouse with a dangerous cyber thief with the help of a driven private investigator. Hop on over to her blog, Romance on the Edge.