First of all, a big thank you to Blakely Bennett for inviting me to participate in this Writing Process Blog Hop. I’ve read all of her books and am anxiously awaiting the release of Stuck In Between. Which by the way, is today, March 24th! If you enjoy stories that take an in-depth, honest look at different relationship choices and styles, I highly recommend her My Body Trilogy and also The Demarcation of Jack, co-authored with her husband, Dana Bennett.
So, let’s get this blog hop started with my answers to four questions:
1.) What am I working on?
I am currently working on HellKat. A contemporary romantic suspense novel. It may also end up with some elements of a thriller, too, as my last novel did. The story is about Kat James, a New York entrepreneur, and Tucker Williams a Montana horse rancher. They certainly seem at odds, if not polar opposites, at the beginning of the story; but they find out they are more alike than different.
Kat is an independent woman with some control issues that are exacerbated by a well-to-do family that has always been at odds with her free-spirited, free-thinking ways. She committed a cardinal sin years earlier by turning her back on the family business and her trust fund so she could start her own company, free of family entanglements and control.
Tucker Williams seems like a laid back kind of guy but don’t be fooled. Life dealt him a tough hand and he’s played his cards better than anybody would’ve expected. He has people in his past and present who would love to see him fail, but he’s never been a man to walk away from anything without a fight. And the fight that’s brewing, could be his biggest challenge yet.
I’m having a blast writing HellKat and already know that saying goodbye to Kat and Tucker is going to be difficult for me to do. I find it hard to let go of the characters after I’ve spent so much time writing their story and getting to know them. It’s hard for me to wave them off and commit to new ones. I always require some time, almost like after a break up, before I can move on and seriously entertain new characters. I can only write one story at a time. I know other authors who can work on several stories in a parallel fashion, but, so far, my brain doesn’t work that way.
2.) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I always feel a bit challenged when categorizing my stories. I’ve had readers tell me they like my books because they aren’t the typical romance style. So far, there’s no option for that category on Amazon when I upload my books. My stories are a blend of women’s fiction, romance, suspense and some thriller elements, too.
Even though romance is certainly an element of the stories I’ve written, and am currently writing, I enjoy creating female protagonists who are facing struggles that go beyond the relationship with the men in their lives. It could be family, career, divorce, or any combination of external events. The heroines that I write about are on some kind of journey to self-discovery. The romance and suspense are merely vehicles that help them along the journey to their final destination in the story.
I also like to keep my dialogue as realistic as possible. And this is especially true of the romantic scenes. If I can’t read it, in my head or out loud, without rolling my eyes and snickering, then I rework it.
3.) Why do I write what I do?
I came late to the romance reading party. Maybe that’s one reason my books don’t fit an easily identifiable category. I’ve always loved reading suspense and thriller novels. One of my favorites is The Sigma Force Series by James Rollins. As much as I love his writing and those stories, I don’t see myself writing those particular kind. However, I enjoy reading romance that borrows from a variety of genres and blends them into one cohesive storyline.
However, that blending of genres is the source of my frustration when it comes to picking a category and also makes marketing a bit more difficult. It’s already hard work to find my readers, my target audience, and I’ve managed to add to my workload. But I don’t plan on changing anything, because I’m writing the kind of stories I want to read.
And that’s the real reason I write what I do.
4.) How does my writing process work?
My writing process is completely organic. I usually hear some dialogue in my head with a nebulous image of the characters and a loose outline of a general story. Often that dialogue I hear, that starts the whole writing process, doesn’t even make it into the final draft. It’s simply the spark that wakes up my imagination.
I really go with the flow of the characters I develop, what they tell me to do, what’s authentic to their lives and the world around them. I never know the ending when I start or even most of the way through while I’m writing. I truly let it unfold naturally; that’s my favorite part about the entire writing process.
Readers don’t know what’s going to happen until they read it.
I don’t know what’s going to happen until I write it. I LOVE THAT!
Now I have the pleasure of introducing you to three more authors that will continue this blog hop tour.
Fi Phillips, a literature graduate, spent many years toiling in an office to support her habit – writing. In 1997, she penned her first murder mystery play for a fundraising evening and Murdering The Text was born. She also blogs and is working on a children’s fantasy novel. You can find out more about her here.
Her blog is http://fionajphillips.blogspot.co.uk which is titled Fi’s Magical Writing Haven.
Georgie Summer, jokes that she is the accidental author of the 5-star reviewed Steps series, Flip-Flops in France and Man On! In just over nine months she has released eight erotic romance novels and, considering she never intended to publish at all, she says it’s been quite a journey.
You can find more information about Georgie at http://georgiesummer.com/MY_BLOG.php
Sharon Kay, writes adult paranormal romance and lives near Chicago with her husband and son. Wicked Wind and the Solsti series formed in her head one weekend and refused to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons.
You can find out more about Sharon on her Goodreads blog at http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7114860.Sharon_Kay/blog