Monday, February 24, 2014

My Writing Process blog hop

One of the most incredible things that comes from being an author is the opportunity to meet other artists who have just as much passion for the craft as you. I've been particularly blessed in getting to know both Escape Artists and writers through the Harlequin forums; we often talk about our writing process, so when the opportunity was presented for me to participate in an international blog hop discussing that topic, I jumped at the chance.

My fellow Escape Artist Ros Baxter (who writes incredibly funny and sexy stories) is the one who got me involved, so stop by and say hi to her if you get a chance.

Now, on to the questions!

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What am I working on?

I've definitely got my thumb in a lot of pies right now. I'm currently going through edits on my paranormal romance Blood Moon (releasing this summer with Escape Publishing), the sequel to Red Moon. I'm prepping another story tentatively titled Melting the Ice Queen for submission to Mills & Boon's Modern Tempted line after winning 2nd place in their #TemptedToWrite competition. My untitled SFR prequel to Lace & Lead  is waist-deep in the drafting stage and I'm polishing an older manuscript called A Muse of Fire in preparation for the RWA conference in San Antonio this July. So...busy, busy, busy.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I wish I had some intelligent, artsy answer to this one, but all I can honestly say is this: I love to torture my characters. I'm not positive if I should be proud of that and this little quirk drives my husband nuts; he's been begging me to write one, just one story where my characters are happy and have nice lives. But I'm a character-driven writer and I always come back to motivations. If a character is some super-alpha male, there must be some bad ass reason for that. It's all about balance, and the steeper the character arc, the more I demand that my characters have gone through hell to make it out the other side.

Why do I write what I do?

I write because I can't not write. Growing up, I was the kid who had imaginary friends until I was 13. Then I only had imaginary friends in private because it was too embarrassing otherwise. I know a lot of other writers say it, but I actually hear voices in my head...not beautiful prose, but loud, jarring dialogue. It's like having a TV implanted in your brain and you're constantly scanning the channels so you only pick up on little snippets here and there. Sometimes those snippets catch your attention and boom! you have a story.

That's why I really don't have one genre I stick to. According to all sorts of articles, this is the cardinal sin of an author, but I don't really care. Again, I write for the characters and if they're werewolves, gamer nerds, or Regency-era dukes, so be it.

How does your writing process work?

Kind of like vomiting. Gross image, yes, but accurate. Sometimes it's slow and I know its coming. Other times it's spontaneous and I'm left scrambling to contain it before I lose it completely. Regardless, it leaves me with random notes stuck all over everything, a cork board full of pictures of beautiful men (go Luke Evans and Collin Farrell!), and a Pinterest board that has the same pull seen exhibited by black holes. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

So there you you know some of my deep, dark secrets. And even better, next week you can learn about the writing processes of three of my friends: Jan Meredith, Sarah Belle, and Sarah Daltry.

Next Week:

Jan Meredith - Jan Meredith is a wife, mother, nurse, and published author with Entangled Publishing's Flaunt line. Her first novella Playing Doctor was released in November.

Sarah Belle - Sarah Belle writes 'Romagic Comedy' - romantic comedy with a dash of magic- think Suddenly 30 and Drop Dead Diva. Sarah's debut novel, Hindsight was released via Escape Publishing in 2013 and her second, Deja Vu Lou will be released later this year. She's also the mum of four young boys - hence the need for a magical escape at times!

Sarah DaltrySarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives; the principle behind all her stories is that human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun. When Sarah isn't writing (see her website for a full list of titles), she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.


  1. Well keep vomiting darling, because you've got some great stuff coming out. Okay that sounded gross too but I'm just using your analogy. My voices mostly come when I'm in bed trying to sleep. Sometimes they come when I'm asleep, in dreams. Yup, the opening scene in Damsel was a dream. As I woke I tried to work out why this would have happened and what the circumstances were. The rest is history.

    1. I love Damsel, so please keep those dream muses going. :) I'm so glad you're subbing it!!!