Sunday, March 2, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour

Today is my Blog Tour Day.
This blog tour is writers and authors answering questions about their writing process. Thanks to my friend Kiki Howell for inviting me. She posted hers last week. You can check out her writing process here: An Author’s Musings

Below are my answers to the four questions I was asked:

1)     What am I working on?

Right now I'm working on Obsidian Wings, book four in the Rune Alexander series. One of the characters in this book is going to get her own series in the future. :)

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

I write the older type urban fantasy--my vampires are not nice, my heroine is far from perfect, and there are lots of fights and blood and pain. My books contain action and suspense and horror, and there are even elements of romance.

I also write imperfect, flawed characters. My heroine doesn't always do the right thing, she's not always pretty, she can be weak and mean, is not always heroic or ethical, and she has emotional and mental problems.

As Tammi, one of the crew's fans put it, "Shiv Crew echoed the great UF books of the past before everything turned into paranormal romance with sparkly vampires and weak-ass shifters. There is nothing weak, sparkly or sweet about this book and I love that."

3)     Why do I write what I do?

I write what I love and hope the readers will love it as much as I do. So far, so good! I have to give a shout out to my fans. They are the best!

I've always been a writer. Even when I was a child I was writing stories. Bad ones, but still. ;) I write fantasy and paranormal because that's what calls to me. Writing, like reading, is an escape. I want to escape into magic and mystery and excitement and danger--so that's what I write.

4)     How does your writing process work?

I have an office in my house. But I don't seem to want to write there. I write in my dining room where I have a huge table and a bay window. I carry a little notepad with me everywhere I go, and also have one in each room of the house. Inspiration for a scene or an entire book can strike at odd moments! I keep a pad beside my bed after I figured out that brilliant idea that woke me up in the middle of the night doesn't always last until morning.

Generally when I sit down to write, I have my earbuds ready and will go through various playlists until I find the one that fits my mood. I listen to music a lot while writing. I usually have a cup of coffee beside me when I start writing for the day, and sometimes end with a cup of coffee as well. I'll write for quite a few hours--I have a minimum word count I get in each day. Some weeks I'll take a day off, but it's a rare day when I write nothing.

I go over various notes and then reread some of the chapter I wrote the previous day, and then I start writing. I'm not much of a plotter. With most of my scenes, I'm writing as I go--so with some of them, I'm as surprised or shocked or sad as you are when you read them for the first time!


Up next week--

Danielle Birch

Danielle is a writer who loves red fedoras, gothic horror, collecting creepy dolls, Hitchcock, lamplight, coffee, lilies, rain and the music of Bob Dylan and Jack White.
She's had numerous short stories published in various magazines and anthologies and is seeking representation for her gothic suspense novel, The Indigo Paramour. She is currently working on her second novel, The Exquisite Liar.
She lives in sunny Queensland, Australia—though her heart desires a colder, darker climate—with her gorgeous husband and little girl Kelpie. When she's not with them or catching up with friends and family, she can be found closeted in her caravan writing, making a small dent in her enormous “to be read” pile, delving further into her love for gardening and working on extensive home renovations.

Pamela Turner

Pamela Turner drinks too much coffee, and wishes she could write perfect first drafts. She’s the author of Death Sword and Exterminating Angel (Spring 2014), both from Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing Corp. A writer of dark fiction, her short stories include “Gabrielle,” coming soon from Hekate Press, and “Family Tradition” (MuseItUp Publishing), a finalist in the EPIC 2014 EBook Awards. She’s a member of RWA, Sisters in Crime, EPIC, and a supporting member of HWA. Besides coffee, she likes cats, cemeteries, and old abandoned buildings.


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