"My Writing Process" Blog Tour
I would like to thank Carolyn Gibbs and Ursula Renee for inviting me to participate in the "Writing Process" blog tour! These lovely ladies are fellow members of the RWA/NYC chapter and published authors of interracial, contemporary romance.
What am I working on?
What am I NOT working on would be the easier question, lol! I have so many stories in my TBW (to-be-written) pile but currently I'm working on a 4-book series (The Queen's Quartette) that is written in parallel to each other. It's been more of a challenge then I thought it would be but it's also been a fun experience and I can't wait to share my "Queens" with the world.
In conjunction to the series, I'm also working on a special project--my first short historical romance set during the American Revolution (tentatively titled A SWEET SURRENDER). It will be part of an anthology with three other lovely authors. The research has been intense but also another fun experience, especially since I've got to go to Saratoga, NY as part of my research!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Hmm, that's a tough question since I haven't read ALL the books in my genre to know but as an author, I aim to make my characters and their stories unforgettable. I always start with character profiles of my main characters before I can start a story so that I KNOW them, and understand their goal and motivation, before I can write about them. My ultimate goal is to have readers connect, relate, and enjoy their experience when they read my books. "Stories of incredible love and unforgettable passion" is truly my motto.
Why do I write what I do?
Because I love love. I love my characters, I love getting to know them, and I love going through the journey with them as they find their happily ever after. Right now, most of my books are contemporary romance, but I also have a few historicals and a time travel that I've enjoyed dabbling into them when I get a chance. Right now, I'm focusing on my contemporaries but I'm looking forward to writing more stories that spans across different genres because I just love reading and writing stories with heart ;).
How does your writing process work?
It's all over the place and really depends on the story. I've written a few stories long-hand, most directly into the computer, some get a little bit of both. My last release, BECAUSE THIS IS FOREVER, was one that was written entirely long-hand first before I typed it into the computer. But my "Queen" series has been a combination of typing, writing long-hand or on scraps of paper, and even on the message pads on my phone.
I can either write entire chapters or just scenes. I can start in the beginning, in the middle, or end. One of my books, THE BEDPOST QUEEN, I wrote the prologue after I had finished writing the book yet for THE DIAMOND QUEEN, I wrote the epilogue before I had finished writing the book! Like my mind, my writing process is truly all over the place. It can get messy and disorganized but at the end it all seems to come together nicely (I hope!).
Well, thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoyed learning about my writing process. Be sure to check out these talented authors next Monday as they blog about their own writing process:
Alyssa Cole is a Brooklyn-based romance writer; she hosts a Romance Book Club and teaches romance writing at the Jefferson Market Library in NYC. www.alyssacole.com
Kate McMurray is a writer, editor, and romance fan who writes smart and sexy gay romance. www.katemcmurray.com
Ambrielle Kirk writes diverse and seductive romance with a spicy edge. http://ambriellekirk.com