Monday, March 24, 2014

All About #MyWritingProcess - The Blog Tour

Thanks to Skylar Kade for including me on this writing process blog tour!

1. What am I working on? Currently, I'm tidying up and revising one of my earlier books, Hooked, for re-release later this year. It's my first foray into self-publishing, and the learning curve has been steep! I'm enjoying it, though. I'm also closing in on the ending for a new rodeo-set novella.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? Wow, that's a tough question. I've been told that my dialogue stands out - and considering my college degree was in playwriting, I guess that's fitting! And no matter how angsty the story, I can't resist leavening it with a little humor.

3. Why do I write what I do? Because I'm a sucker for a happy ending. Romance is what I love to read, love to watch, and love to write.

4. How does your writing process work? I'm supposed to have a process? Oh, maybe that's what I've been missing... :)

I've always been a pantser, frequently following the muse down pathways inspired by "what if". And though this can be an exciting start, I've had to learn to rely more on structure and outlining as my stories and series become more complex. (This was especially challenging while I was working on The Girls Most Likely To, a trilogy set during a high school reunion. All three novellas took place at exactly the same time, leading to a lot of "what did she say in that scene?" and "were they kissing or just holding hands there?" as I explored the same reunion events from different perspectives.)

As far as the rest of the writing process, it's pretty much whatever I can cram into my schedule around work, family, and sleep. Sleep gets the short end of the stick most of the time.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to swing over to Kinsey Holley's blog next Monday for the next installment!