Thanks to my co-blogger Debbie Herbert for inviting me to participate in the blog tour "Inside of Your Creative Process." Check out the post below to read about Debbie's process. She writes an amazing series of novels for Harlequin Nocturne called "Dark Seas." If you love mermaids, and who doesn't, Debbie's books are a must read. Siren's Secret is available at: http://goo.gl/cdgxFT. And her second book, Siren's Treasure, will be out in October. The third book, Siren's Call is scheduled to release in 2015. You can read an excerpt of Siren's Secret at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1790013-siren-s-secret?ac=1
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Or on twitter: @debherbertwrit
Anytime I can surround myself by fellow writers, I am in my element. I call it my "happy place". I have been listening to recorded conference CD's and am in my third repeat of the whole CD. I'm still learning!
So here are the questions and my answers:
Q. What am I working on?
I'm currently working on a Historical Romance story. This is a genre jump for me while I have been searching for my voice. I found writing Historical both thrilling and a lot easier, it seems than my contemporary. My book "The Storm of an Earl" is about a time obsessive Earl whose entire schedule is thrown out of whack by the disappearance of his brother (Thomas) who has recently returned from the war. With his neighbor's daughter, who can't draw two stick figures, he is off to London to locate the last person seen with Thomas. Along the way, they end up chasing a band of gypsies and falling in love.
Q. How does my work differ from others of its genre.
As any new writer, I hope my stories differ with my own unique voice. I have historical figures working with obsessive personalities and still finding a happily ever after.
Q. Why do I write what I do?
My first novel was a historical romance written by Kathleen Woodwiss. Ninety percent of the books I own are historical romance. I first wrote contemporary until a fellow writer asked me why, when I owned so many Historical's, would I spend time on a contemporary. It finally sunk into my head that maybe I need to try another era. Ergo, I'm now writing historical romance and loving every minute of it.
Q. How does your writing process work?
I've tried many ways to write and found that I prefer to be as organized as possible. But then, I felt my creativity was being boxed in. With that said, my first novel was completely by the seat of my pants. My second novel was outlined to include every last detail. Each at the other end of the spectrum. I have found that the easiest way for me is to write an outline of questions I want the reader to be asking by the end of each chapter. Then, it's up to me to create the scenes that will cause that question to appear. It's a split of plotter and pantser, I think.