Hello and welcome to the My Writing Process – Blog Tour!!!!! Today we will be examining a bit about my writing process and why I do what I do 🙂
My amazing fellow Indie Author and new friend ELR Jones tagged me in this amazing event!
And now to answer a few questions….
What am I working on…
I’m currently working on too many things at once. I’m in the process of polishing up and formatting book 2 in my Dark Indiscretions Series, Dark Indiscretions: Monster Unleashed, that gives the ‘bad guys’ story of day to day life. Their hopes, fears, and dreams. I’m working on a Prequel novella to my Dark Indiscretions Series that gives a bit of back story before I go into book 3 in the series. I have a total of 7 books planned in this series at the moment…it can be summed up with this line: Dark Indiscretions…where even the bad guys are afraid of the dark.
I also had an idea for a YA short story that I’m six chapters in about a Amish type group of elemental coven of withches who go through a Rumspringa of sorts to determine which element they will lead with the rest of their lives at 16. It’s in fact titled Rumspringa. It’s very different my Dark Indiscretions Series. Only thing it has in common is the paranormal/supernatural aspect.
Then there is this project I’m working on called Sacrifice Broken. I can’t go into many details at the moment because this is going to be a whole new mythology/world I’m building basically from scratch. I have a few basic ideas and doing a bit of research to get a basic fill but I will be putting my own brand of quirky to the paranormal/supernatural creatures we all know and love. It’s going to be a huge novel because right now it’s a stand alone in my mind. It’s going to be the biggest project I’ve ever done. My currently books are around 35-40K and this one will be a wayyyyyyy bigger than that. Probably around 400-600 pages.
Lastly, I am a poet as well and published a small collection of my poems that is out now called Inside The Heart Of My Soul currently available on Smashwords, BN, and Amazon.
Book 1 in my Dark Indiscretions Series is also available online at Amazon for print and ebook and online at BN for print. Clicking the book image will take you to the Amazon page and wouldn’t you know it…it’s FREE today! Happy St. Patty’s Day!
How does my work differ from others of its genre…
My work is a twist on the traditional vampires, werewolves, or whatever else. I didn’t want to write about such and such being so good and wholesome. I wrote about the bad guys. The guys we love to hate. I wanted to show that even though they kill and don’t have the same morals and the next person, that they are not different. They want what we all want. Love, loyalty, and family. They kill because it’s necessary to their survival. They don’t do it for fun…well not all of them. They try to stay under the radar but sometimes things get out of hand. Half the times it’s the ones closest to us that inflict the most damage. I wanted to bring something to the paranormal world that hadn’t been explored yet. I kind of spliced some creatures characteristics together and made a whole new type of paranormal. My characters say things that other think but will never say.
Why do I write what I do…
I write paranormal/supernatural because I love anything fantasy, mythology, and folktale based. It’s so cool to read about magic and the unknown. You can play around some much in this genre and that’s what I love about it. I can change up things and maybe people will be shocked at first but slowly they start excepting that this is a different style and take on the traditional. There are only so many times you can read about the same old paranormal. I wanted to write new paranormals as well as a new story line dynamic and I don’t think I would have had as much fun writing contemporary romances about everyday life. Not that everyday life can’t be exciting but it just makes it all the more fun to write about enhanced supernatural creatures that defy human logic 🙂
Ultimately I write because I enjoy it.
How does your writing process work…
I thought I knew my process…the first book I wrote I sat down and cranked it out chapter by chapter. Well second book was nothing like that. I had scene notes all over my iPhone, notebook, or word document. They would come at random times and in no particular order. I would still go through the book chapter by chapter but I had all these scenes that I wasn’t sure where they were going until I go to it. It eventually all came together in the end. Now the huge project I’m working on I tried Scrivener for a trial and love it. The organization is crazy and that’s just what I need for this one. Character sheets, setting sheets, and the like. All in kind of note card order and can be complied into one document later if you want. I love it.
Some times I like to write in a blank notebook and some times I like to type it out. Just depends really. I don’t outline though. I don’t decide where the story is going. I just let it flow as it comes. I get aha moments in my own world and I’m like I didn’t see that coming. Not outlining keeps the anxiety away. That way if something goes left field I don’t have to change anything. I just work around it and make it flow, if that makes sense.
And that’s my little mini story about my writing journey. I’m always learning something new everyday and daydreaming about the next scene. I love it. I’ve turned a hobby into a part-time job (more like full-time) and met some great people along the way. I look forward to bringing many more stories into the world!
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I’m a self-published author of new adult romance, and like to write about heroes who begin as the underdog and are protective of their girl. I’m an avid reader of romance, am addicted to coffee and love wine and chocolate, so yeah, not the most healthy eating and drinking habits 🙂 I spend way too much time online when I should be writing. I collect teddy bears and occasionally knit a couple of rows on a sweater I started years ago, which I may eventually finish in time to wear for my funeral 🙂
My latest work is a new adult contemporary romance titled, Just Stay. I hope to have it published within the next month.