A couple of weeks ago I was invited by fellow Safkhet Publishing author, the lovely Sheryl Browne, to take part in the Writing Process Blog Tour.
An author of ‘poignant, romantic, fiction’, she’s just released her fifth novel and you can read all about Sheryl and her books here.
As for the tour, I’ve been asked to answer a few questions. Yes, you guessed it, all related to my own writing process.
What am I working on?
Now where shall I start? Well, I’m blogging of course, taking part in tours like this one, as well keeping readers up to date with what I’m up to. I’m currently writing my third novel, a story about two people dealing with loss, whilst at the same time trying to look to the future. Annabel and Dan don’t know each other, but thanks to circumstance their paths do cross. What follows might be unconventional, but they have their reasons and as far as they’re concerned at least, unconventional is good. Workwise, I’m also working hard on promotion. Now winter’s coming to an end, we’re all looking forward to spring and its warmer weather. So be it Little White Lies and Butterflies with its Mediterranean setting, or Going Underground’s uplifting road trip, I’m letting readers know my books make ideal sunshine reading.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
What an interesting question. The first thing that springs to mind would be my heroines. They make informed choices that go against the grain of most people’s thinking; so much so that even those close to them don’t understand. And they’re also not afraid to laugh at themselves, something we all should do from time to time. I think another thing about my writing that differs is my voice. I have a dry humour that works its way into my work, not just through my characters but also the situations they find themselves in.
Why do I write what I write?
It’s going to sound strange, but I’ve often been thought of as a bit of an odd ball. Don’t ask me why because I haven’t a clue where it comes from, as far as I can tell I’m just like everyone else. But I think that’s why I write what I write – books about real people, living real, everyday lives, but who are eccentric enough in their way of thinking to be different. Of course, this leaves them making choices their peers wouldn’t necessarily make, but I like to celebrate these differences, not shy away from them. I also like to make readers laugh and what better way to do that, than by writing original and quirky romantic comedies.
How does my writing process work?
I always, always, always start with my characters. It’s their story I’m telling so I have to know everything about them. From what they look like, to their backgrounds, to their earliest memories and even their favourite colours and star signs – character profiles are my way of getting into their heads and making sure I stay there. It’s from here that I start to think about the inciting incident, the one thing that happens to turn their lives upside down, which inevitably leads me to the plot line. As you can tell, I’m a plotter not a panster, so I then go on to write a breakdown of how the story is to develop and only then do I set about writing the book. This probably sounds a bit unnecessary to some but I love each of these stages. My imagination gets to run riot no matter where in the writing process I happen to be.
So, everyone, that’s my writing process. Of course the tour doesn’t stop here and now it’s my job to pass on the mantle.
Here’s who’ll be telling you about their writing processes next week…
The gorgeous Suzy Turner, author of YA and Chicklit
Suzy Turner has worked as a journalist, assistant editor, features editor and magazine editor. Early in 2010 however, she began writing full time and has since completed six books for young adults: The Raven Saga trilogy and The Morgan Sisters series and a chick lit novel, Forever Fredless.
Although Suzy is a Yorkshire lass at heart, she left her home town of Rotherham, UK, to move to Portugal with her family when she was ten. The Algarve continues to be her home, where she lives with her childhood sweetheart and husband of 15 years, Michael, their two neurotic dogs and a cat who thinks she’s a princess.
Also up next week is the wonderful Paulita Kincer. Not only is Paulita a fellow author, we both share a love of France.
Paulita Kincer is the author of I See London I See France and The Summer of France. She has an M.A. in journalism from American University and has written for The Baltimore Sun, The St. Petersburg Times, The Tampa Tribune, and The Columbus Dispatch, among other newspapers. She has traveled to France 10 times dragging her three children along twice. She currently teaches college English and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and three children.
You can visit her blog here or follow her on Twitter @paulitakincer.
And finally, we have the fabulous Marilyn Chapman, whose debut novel, Baggy Pants and Bootees, was released on Valentine’s Day.
Marilyn Chapman is an NCTJ accredited journalist who spent her early career on the Blackpool Evening Gazette and later freelanced for national newspapers and magazines, including the Daily Mail and Woman. Marilyn began writing for a football magazine at the age of fifteen and attributes her dry sense of humour to a very eventful life! She has worked in recruitment, training, estate agency and public relations. Born in Guernsey Marilyn now lives with her husband in Lancashire. A member of the Society of Authors, she now writes commercial women’s fiction full time.
Just click the link to visit Marilyn’s website or check her out on Twitter #Marilynchapma77
Until next time x