Today is Blog Tour Day. This blog tour is where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process. My friend Sarah Belle posted hers last week. You can check out her writing process here.
What Am I Working On?
I have a couple of projects going on right now (what writer doesn’t). The one that has priority is my novel, Diamond Heiress. This will be my first full length novel, my first two books were novella’s. It’s contracted with Prism Book Group and we are in the editing phase, so hopefully it will be out soon. Editing leaves very little time for writing, so it is my least favorite part of the writing process. However, it is the most necessary on the road to publication because it’s the editing that gets the polished product out for readers.
In my spare time I am working on a series based in a small town in Connecticut. What do a lawyer, veterinarian, super model and two precocious five year olds have in common? That’s what I’m trying to figure out, they are still letting me know. I’ve also been dabbling in Historical Romance for the first time, I’m not sure yet if I’m cut out to write Historical but I’m giving it a try.
How Does My Work Differ From Others of its Genre?
I love romance..in books, movies and real life…watching two people meet and fall in love evokes the best feelings. However, I prefer to keep it clean, while I like the falling in love part, I don’t need to see or read their most intimate moments, even if they are fictional characters. That is how my work differs, my characters adhere to the same high moral standards I keep in my life, without losing any of the sigh making, heart melting moments of falling in love. While clean romance is definitely not mainstream, I was surprised at how many authors there are out there who write and read clean. It was refreshing to discover.
Why Do I Write What I Do?
I was introduced to the wonderful world of romance novels at the age of fourteen when I discovered Victoria Holt. Since then, I’ve been hooked. I’ve tried reading other genres and while they are entertaining its romance novels that hold my interest and my heart. I started writing because I could no longer find clean romance novels and I’d read Victoria Holt’s books so many times I practically have them memorized, so I decided to write my own. What started as a hobby resulted in my first book being published six years later. It’s been an exciting road.
How Does Your Writing Process Work?
I put pen to paper and write. I do not plan, I do not outline. I start with an idea, come up with character names and then start writing. As I write I fill out character worksheets with traits as they develop. I tried outlining a couple times but that seems to stem the flow of my creativity, boxes me in. I envy those who can outline, it seems much easier. Unfortunately, my characters have minds of their own and choose to reveal themselves to me slowly, instead of being told who they are.