Today isn’t my normal day to blog, but I was asked by Annette Briggs to participate in a “Writing Process Blog Hop.” It’s sort of like tag. You’re asked to participate, and if you agree, you’re assigned a date to answer 4 questions and asked to find 3 writers to follow you. Annette “tagged” me, and, in turn, I’ve tagged Nancy Gideon, Kitt Crescendo, and Mara Jacobs. (More about them later).
First, a bit about my “tagger.)
Annette Briggs By the time Briggs was a fourteen, she’d sold her first article to her hometown newspaper. Since then, she’s sold short stories, interviews, and articles to magazines and newspapers, but she’s always wanted to write–and sell– a book length story—a novel! She jump-started her understanding of writing and selling a novel when she joined Romance Writers of America. She spent a four year stint on the other side of publication as editor of the Mid-Michigan chapter’s newsletter, the Mirror, and was immersed in informative and insightful articles and chapter programs from top notch authors. Recently Briggs gave in to the nagging urge to write a Steampunk Romance. She blogged about her writing process on February 17 on her new site at http://annettebriggs.com/
Now, for Maris Soule to answer those 4 questions.
1) What am I working on?
Right now I have several projects going. I recently submitted my third book in my “Crows” series to Five Star Mysteries for their consideration. I’m hoping they’ll accept it as I love working with my editor, and I think Five Star/Gale/Cengage puts out a quality book. While waiting for a response, I’ve resurrected a suspense I started in 2007. I thought it was finished, but I received some negative critiques regarding the ending, so I’m looking at it with fresh eyes and hoping I can bring it all together. I’m also reformatting the last romance I had published with Harlequin Temptation: Storybook Hero. I hope to have that up as an ebook sometime this spring or summer. (I need a good cover.) And I have an even earlier Harlequin Temptation (Sounds Like Love) that is now on Smashwords.com, but I want to give it a new cover and also get it out as an Amazon Kindle ebook.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m all over the place in the mystery genre. My “Crow” books (The Crows and As the Crow Flies) have elements that are associated with cozies, but there’s far more violence and romance in them than there would be in a true cozy. And there’s more mystery/suspense than romance. With the book I’m now working on, it’s definitely a suspense with just a touch of romance. (A very light touch.) So where do my books fit? That’s my problem. They don’t fit in a neat category.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I like writing about women who find themselves drawn into situations where they have to utilize all of their abilities, even when frightened or reluctant to reveal their pasts. I loved writing the Crow series because those books also allowed me to include a Rhodesian Ridgeback, one of the neatest breeds of dogs that I’ve ever known, owned and loved. Other than that, I write what I write because the stories come and I’m not happy unless and until I put the stories in written form. A Killer Past, which will be published by Robert Hale Ltd and released March 2015 came about when I started wondering what Nakita (from the TV show) would be like in her 70s.
4) How does my writing process work?
I do a lot of thinking before I start writing. I generally have an idea of the beginning and the ending. It’s the middle that always gives me trouble. Sometimes I try to make an outline, but that usually falls apart rather quickly. I do try to figure out the goal/motivation/conflict for each of the major characters (Read Debra Dixon’s book on GMC) and I definitely work out why the villain did what he/she did. But, that said, there have been times when I’ve reached the end of a story and realized the person I thought was the villain wasn’t. I guess I’m a mixture of Pantser and Plotter.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Please check out the following writers and visit their blogs on March 3rd.
Nancy Gideon is the author of over 55 novels ranging from historical and contemporary suspense to dark paranormal, with a couple of horror screenplays thrown into the mix. When not at the keyboard or working full time as a legal assistant, she can be found feeding her addictions for Netflix and all things fur, feather and fin, enjoying Grammy time (usually watching The Avengers) and meeting new friends and readers through her GoodReads “Nancy Gideon by Moonlight” group.
Kitt Crescendo has always been an avid reader with a vivid imagination, cementing her role as family story teller and librarian. As a military brat, she told stories to her younger siblings to keep them entertained while they travelled the world. Following her mother’s lead, poetry was her first medium for writing. With her love of all things steamy and romantic, it was only a matter of time before she began to write her own sexy stories.
A member of the Florida Writers Association, Kitt lives with her husband and her two dogs. Despite living in Florida, she’s a Midwestern girl at heart. She is passionate about music, coffee and chatting it up with people who share her passions.
Mara Jacobs is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Worth Series.
After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in advertising, Mara spent several years working at daily newspapers in advertising sales and production. This certainly prepared her for the world of deadlines!
Most authors say they’ve been writing forever. Not so with Mara. She always had the stories, but they played like movies in her head. A few years ago she began transferring the movies to pages. She writes mysteries with romance, thrillers with romance, and romances with…well, you get it.
Forever a Yooper (someone who hails from Michigan’s glorious Upper Peninsula), Mara now resides in the East Lansing, Michigan, area where she is better able to root on her beloved Spartans.