My first blog tour…
This is so exciting! My first blog tour!
Okay, just me talking about my writing process. But I got tagged into it by the hot, up-and-coming paranormal novelist Jen McConnel and that's exciting in and of itself! (If people don't catch onto what a great writer Jen is, they're seriously missing something good!)
What are you working on?
Oh my Goddess…what am I not working on?!
I know I shouldn’t work on three (or four…and I’ve kind of started a fifth) projects at a time, but I just got started and…ugh! I won’t bullet them for you, because there’s a lot of information, but I will put them in the order I hope to see them published.
Annotated Kindle edition of Barefoot on the Couch. Really, I should just stop working on new projects for a while and focus on this. All I have to do is copy over four or five more poems by hand (typing), copy them into a single document, add hordes of footnotes with my commentary, format for Kindle and then post. Real easy.
Exilium (the sequel to Early One Morning).
Dark and Dirty Games (action/adventure).
January Rain (Christian-y thing that defines genres).
(I apologize if you’re not one of my regular readers and don’t know what the other three are, but I’m kind of lazy and know I’ve posted on them before, so you can probably hit up the search box for them.)
Oh and this Old Kingdom fan fiction piece that I’ve told myself not to write. (But at least Garth Nix knows about it.)
How does your work differ from others in the genre?
Genre? What genre? *laughs her head off*
Seriously, though, I have noclue how people are able to stick with one genre—in writing or reading. My ideas come straight out of the vast imagination that runs around in that three-pound brain of mine, forget genres.
First book? Ignoring the lack of copyright variance; a movie tie-in, family-based drama. Second book, low fantasy. Third, poetry. Fourth, a Pagan twist on Christian mythology. Then we have the sequel to the twist, an action/adventure that is predicated on my desire to (fictionally) murder a television star and an indefinable Christian escapist story. Whew!
Why do you write what you do?
To quote myself from March 2010: See, sometimes, Good Story goes scampering by me, so I jump into my Charger and tear off after it, squealing, "WEEEEEEEEE!”
That’s it, essentially. Everything I’ve written thus far (and am currently working on) is based on something specific, and not and idea that just wandered into my head.
- Ophelia: I was rejected for a part in Spider-Man 3. (Long story. But it’s in the introduction to the paperback.)
- Broken Road: I started writing another book that was based on a story I started to write for myself. I felt the need to explain why my male lead fell in love with my female lead so easily, so I wrote this.
- Early One Morning: I watched Mark Burnett’s The Bible and wanted an excuse to associate with Greg Hicks in his guise as Pontius Pilatus.
- Exilium: I couldn’t say, “Pontius kicks Julia out of Jerusalem. The end.” (Plus, I wanted to include my other darling.)
- Dark and Dirty Games: I’ve been meaning to write a story where I kill a certain actor. The concept for the novel started with D and I facing off with assault rifles in a warehouse.
- January Rain: I was almost homeless at one point and decided that I would rather go into a convent than a shelter. I started a novel wherein my avatar did that, but was also rescued by her favorite celebrity (thereby fulfilling a fantasy I had based on going into a convent.)
If I have any storyseeds based on an idea that just popped up one day, I can’t remember what they are at the moment.
How does your writing process work?
I love how the people that came up with these questions assume that I’m a normal novelist. (*snickers*)
Let’s take the “unauthorized series entry” I mentioned earlier. My favorite Garth Nix book is Lirael—I really love the Clayr. I don’t think he’s ever going to write a novel about them, so—even though I don’t want to write something that I have no right to write (say that five times fast!)—I start coming up with ideas. This girl…I don’t know what happened to her mother, but her father is still around and he’s one of the few male Clayr. Since Garth likes to use names ending in –el/-elle (very angelic), I decide it might be nice if the girl’s name is Liselle. Then I looked at a list of archangels to determine her father’s name—Raziel. I think of next book in the series, Clariel and how Garth tied it into the trilogy by having Clariel be the original name (and existence) of Chlorr of the Mask. What if Liselle is Sanar and Ryelle’s mother?
From there, I “world-build”. How old is Liselle when the story begins? When did/does she Awaken? If she doesn’t awaken right away, what does she do in the meantime? How powerful of a seer is Raziel? All Clayr have jobs and chores during the time they’re not on the Nine Day Watch…what does Raziel do? Garth mentions in Liraelthat the Nine Day Watch contains forty-nine Clayr, while a gathering of 1,568 takes about six hours. If that’s the case, how long are the Watches in between? (Yes, I calculated them. I had to ask Garth how he subdivided from 2.25 days, as I got stuck right there.) I’m so detail-oriented that besides a cast list, I have to have a timeline. (It drove me nuts when a group of Harry Potter fans said, “We think this is the timeline” and Jo said, “Okay. I’ll accept that.”)
I gather that a lot of authors research ahead of time—even to the point of taking trips to the area they’re writing about, if they have the money. Not me…I research on the fly and then get involved in stacks of Wiki pages and lists of websites when I find a topic I don’t know much about. (I didn’t bother researching Roman military equipment until I got to the relevant chapter in Exilium, for example.) I also have a habit of not naming characters until they pop up in the story. I have a few books of baby names (and have a couple of websites that help me with ethnic names), but there’s no point in going digging until I finally have to say, “Okay, I can’t keep calling her ‘the older woman’…she needs a name!”
And the nominees are…
…turns out to be really busy with her new book about the Harvey Girls (currently untitled). She never said yea or nay, but she's such a lovely (YA) historical fiction author that she deserves attention. Carolyn lives in Albequerque with her husband Tony, a poet.
is a steampunk novelist extraordinaire. She doesn't just write steampunk, she lives it. A rural Kiwi, A.W.'s next book, Nero's Fiddle, comes out sometime this year. Doesn't matter if she never gets a chance to participate in the blog hop…she's so active on GoodReads, she's hard to miss. 😀
works at her local Michael's by day and is a superhero mom guiding her sons through the ups and downs of the autism spectrum at night. She promises me that she has a giant historical novel in the works that will be published someday. She got pushed off the cliff and into the world of blogging by me…that's why it's a little empty right now. 😉