I got tagged by Kim Golden, author of ‘Maybe Baby‘, and ‘Snowbound‘, two great books I read this year, to participate in a blog tour of writers, discussing their “process”. Now if you’ve spent any time on my blog at all, you’ll know that I love, love, LOVE talking about my “process.” Such as it is.
Part of it for me is that I like learning how other people create, and hope that by sharing how I do it, it will tease out responses from others. So this blog tour is right up my alley, because when I’m done answering the four blog tour questions, I’m going to tag three other authors, who will in turn post about their process in the next couple of weeks.
So here goes:
1. What am I working on?
I’m currently finishing up my next release, ‘Lifted’ which was inspired by a short drop-in on one of the secondary characters in my book, ‘Secret’. Tessa, the main protagonist in ‘Lifted’ is the younger sister of Trey, main male protagonist in ‘Secret’. Tessa is a bit of a wild-child and a free spirit. She’s never traveled the straight and narrow path and is incredibly restless, which often throws her life and relationships into chaos. In ‘Lifted’ she meets Tyson, who was similarly challenged by the demands of family and friends that he choose a sensible course for his life. Tessa and Tyson connect in an unexpectedly profound way that makes them both question things about themselves that they believe they’d long settled.
I’m also writing ‘Mother’, the final part to a trilogy about Keisha Crawford, who was also featured in my books, ‘Mistress’ and ‘Wife’. And after that, I’m working on ‘The Education of Miri Acosta’ who you might have met in ‘The Seduction of Dylan Acosta’. And after that, I have a couple of other projects lined up that should take me to the end of 2014. It’s going to be a busy year!
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I like to think I don’t conform to a specific genre. I think there are always elements of romance in my work, but I don’t like to say I write romance novels. Nothing against romance novels (I read tons of them) but that label connotes a certain formula which I hope I don’t always follow. Romance as a genre is about escape, I think. And I don’t want my books to be pure escapism–I want them to be thoughtful, realistic explorations of messy, complex relationships. So I never tag my books romance when I sell them online, because I don’t want to give people the false expectation that there will be a neat romantic HEA (happily ever after) at the end. So I’ve taken to saying I write romantic realism.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Because I find people interesting (never met a boring person!) and even more so, I like learning ‘why’ about everything, I bring that analytical nature to my writing. Since I read a fair amount, I think I also do some creative mimicry–if I were reading a lot of mystery and suspense right now, I would probably try my hand at writing those genres as well. So what I’m writing now is a reflection of my current reading material, my interest in relationships and people, and my tendency to analyze things to death. Who knows what’ll happen next year?
4. How does my writing process work?
Hell, I have no idea. Sometimes I see an interesting couple in an airport and imagine their story, sometimes I hear a song, sometimes a character springs to mind from nowhere, or a piece of dialogue I overhear intrigues me, or a reader says, ‘what if you wrote …’ Anything in the known world can spark an idea for what I want to write. Most often, the bigger challenge is not to write. Inspiration and ideas are everywhere, it’s the sifting through of all of them and deciding which to pursue that’s tough.
And once I’ve actually sat down to write, I do so in spurts and rather inconsistently. I can write half a book in a couple of days, or take a week to complete two pages. But the one thing I know for sure is that I am always writing in my head. Always. In fact, the typing is oftentimes the easy part so that once I feel like I know the characters–their hopes, their dreams, their fears, their motivation–they practically write themselves.
So that’s my story. I’m going to tag three other authors now and we get to hear theirs!
My picks are:
Be sure to check their books out, and in the meantime …