Monday, June 2, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour #mywritingprocess

This week I’m participating in the #mywritingprocess blog tour.
I’d like to thank author, Marja McGraw, for inviting me on this blog hop. You can visit her blog here.

Here are the 4 questions every author must answer on this blog tour. I hope you enjoy reading mine:


1.) What am I working on?

~ After just publishing my very first work, The Bed Wife: A Novella, which is a fantasy romance, first on my list is to finish up book two in the series. I am currently halfway done with it.  However, I am also in the middle of two other novels that I plan to get out during 2014.  One is a zombie/vampire drama, the other is a modern romance set in Hollywood!

2) How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I guess I will do this from the point of view of my "The Bed Wife Chronicles" series.  I would say my work differs because, even though it is fantasy and there are a lot of fantasy aspects going on (trolls anyone?), the bare bones of the story is that there is a romance struggling to break free between our two lead characters.  They don't fall in love at first sight and they don't give into their urges as soon as they have them. They build ad hold back.  This can be frustrating to some people, but it is how love is supposed to develop.

Additionally, for some reason, I am really good at writing characters you love to hate.  Many stories have a villain or bad guy that you don't like, but having one that you truly loath makes the story all the more better.  I have been told by many that my villains are the icing on the cake of my stories.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I write romantic stories because life needs more love and happily ever after in it.  We live in a truly frightening world where bad things happen to good people every day.  There is no caped crusader that will sweep in and save us from the evil that lurks out there.  Books are a way of escaping the reality that is screaming from the news on television and radio.  I want to give my readers a place they can escape and know that, even though there will be trails and tribulations, a happily ever after is sure to follow.

4) How does my writing process work?

I have a designated notebook for every story I work on (don't want to accidently cross notes!).  I fill out a short bio for each of my characters and include things like eye and hair color, build, age - those kinds of things. That way I can refer back to something without having to read through the story to find it.  I write out the bare bones of the story, scene I know I want to happen. Then I go back and add as the story progresses.  Once I'm reasonably satisfied, I send it to my Beta Reader and she tells me where the story needs to expand or be explained more.  I edit again and again, send it to her again.  Once I feel I'm done with the story aspect, it heads to my editor to get cleaned up.  This is done twice.  Writing the story is the easy part, editing is the part that makes you want to tear your hair out. But it's all worth it once you see that book in print!

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 Be sure to visit these authors on their blogs next Monday, June 9, 2014. I think you’ll be glad you did. I can see my 'To Be Read stack' growing already!

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Julie Morgan

Originally from Burleson, Texas Julie always had a love of books, especially paranormal stories. Julie finally took the leap and began writing with encouragement from her family.

Having worked in IT her entire career, Julie now spends her free time writing. Living in Central Florida with her husband and daughter, her favorite pastime is reading children's stories to her daughter, especially those around animals.

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Jen Cousineau

Jen is a chap stick and coffee addict that lives in the Badger State with her husband James, and their twin daughters Kaylynn and Lilly. She loves to bow hunt, kickbox, and is a food junkie. She’s an obsessive reader with a secret passion for writing. Jens always been a strong believer that dreamers live happier lives and decided to show her girls that hard work and dedication can make your dreams come true no matter where you are in your life.


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Nancy Straight

Nancy Straight is an author of impossible love stories, but doesn't every great love story sound impossible until you experience it?

Nancy grew up in Iowa. She spent ten years traveling the world with the US Marine Corps, and settled in rural South Carolina with her family. She has a undergraduate degree in education and an advanced degree in management, but her true passion lies in surprising readers with her unpredictable plot twists.

Contemporary romance becomes Paranormal Romance when her characters become intertwined with fables based in Greek Mythology in her Touched Series. Readers learn that not even a pesky shape-shifting demon can come between the true love of soul mates in her Destiny Series.

Nancy loves hearing from readers! You can find her on twitter, Facebook, or email her on her website. She responds to every message she receives.


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