Susie Klein, a friend and fellow writer, decided she wanted to know about my writing process. I think that alone shows how she's riding the line of sanity.
I rarely blog anymore, simply because I don't have the time to think of blogs, grab the gifs, and advertise. Most days if it wasn't for my driver's license, I wouldn't know what my name is.
However, after reading Susie's blog, I had to join in the fun. Susie also had Wendy talk about hers, and frankly, I'm not sure I can measure up to either. But here goes:
1. What am I working on?
Too many things at once, to be honest. I'm working on Twisted Iron, from the Imperfect Metal Series. I also have about 12% of Dark Storms completed, from Reign of the Braiders, and Unlucky Number Four, from The Fortune Cookie Diaries, is up next.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Fractured Steel, for instance, is different from almost all thrillers/crime/mysteries, women's fiction and commercial fiction. Why? Yes, like everyone else, I put the characters through the ringer ... but I took it further and showed what happens after the trauma. In most, the problem is solved, and the characters are happy! Yeah ... no. Karen (main character) shows what happens to many when the horrors of the trauma are over. And readers seem to love that.
Going Thru Hell is different from other Urban Fantasies because Kylie, the main character, isn't a warrior ninja, she loses fights, she makes bad decisions. I have a few people who still haven't forgiven me because of the ending.
Most of the time, my work is different because I show the other side - people who aren't ninjas, people who are weak, flawed, and vulnerable. And the endings aren't Happily Ever After.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I stopped reading for a long time, because I knew how every book was going to end. They all reached for the HEA (Happily Ever After). Life is rarely HEA ... it's messy, it's traumatic, it's filled with elation, and depression. Joy and anger. I wanted something that would take me out of my world, and put me somewhere else, a character as flawed as me, and who would understand strength isn't just of the body, but the heart and the soul. Hence, my writings reflect that.
4. How does my writing process work?
It isn't always the same. But most often, it is seeing one little thing, and a story comes to mind. Over time, it turns into a movie that won't stop playing.
I need music, my dogs, drinks, snacks, and time to myself. I've written as little as 200 in a session, and once wrote an 80k word book over a weekend (it's being rewritten this fall). If the movie is clear, I can power write and finish.
Stress throws my writing out the door. I have frequent writer's block. I've always managed to get to 30k in the book, only to throw it all out and start over. Fractured Steel was rewritten four times before I finally finished and sent it to the editor. I can't write an outline and stick to it. More often than not, an outline will throw up a road block.
But mostly, I need that story, that thought I'm trying to impart, know what I'm trying to prove. It isn't always easy, and often I want to give up. I write horribly in the rough draft.
Above all else, I don't give up - even when I scream, "I hate writing!!" Because I don't, not really. I hate the road blocks.
And that's my answers.
I'm going to tag Ashley Maker and Lara Schiffbauer - two wonderful authors who need to blog a little more for people like me that stalk them.
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Grand Central Publishing/ Forever Yours
Mala LaCroix has spent her whole life trying to escape her destiny. As the last in a long line of “witch women,” she rejects the notion of spirits and hoodoo and instead does her best to blend in. But when she finds a dead body floating in the bayou behind her house, Mala taps into powers she never knew she had. She’s haunted by visions of the dead girl, demanding justice and vengeance.
Landry Prince has always had a crush on Mala, but when Mala discovers his sister, murdered and marked in some sort of Satanic ritual, he starts to wonder if all the rumors about the LaCroix family are true. Yet after Mala uses her connection to the spirit world to identify his sister’s killer, he starts to form his own bond to her . . . a very physical one. As they move closer to each other and closer to the truth, Mala and Landry must risk everything—their families, their love, and even their lives.
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Angie Sandro was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen.
Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father's family in Louisiana inspired this story.
Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador