Monday, May 26, 2014

Writing Process Blog Tour

Blog tour time! Fellow Fearless Fifteener Michelle Levy tagged me last week for a post on writing process (you can read her answers here). She has a beautiful little book releasing next summer about two broken people who help each other mend called NOT AFTER EVERYTHING. She's also a casting agent. Like, for movies. So yes, you should probably stalk her on Twitter if you aren't already!

Now for the questions ...

1) What am I working on?
I'm currently drafting a YA horror, which means I am flashing back to horror movies and thinking about Scary Things all day, which means I am sleeping with the lights on again.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I love unexpected settings and genre mash-ups like Cowboys and Aliens and Stephen King's Dark Tower series. So, it's my hope that this book will differ from others of its genre because it crosses into so many others. There are supernatural forces running amock, but also hover cars. There are old rituals and superstitions - and smartphones. It's a bizarre combination at times, but I love how they juxtapose.

3) Why do I write what I write?
I write to explore situations I would otherwise never experience, some I'm grateful I never will. One of the biggest draw of stories, for me, is to see how a person becomes stronger through the obstacles she overcomes and the people around her. I guess to remind myself that bad things happen in life, but good people will be there to lift me out.

4) What's my writing process like?
I've just settled into a routine where I try to write at least 1000 words a day. Beyond that, I don't really ... have a process. Yet. For two of the three manuscripts I've finished, I started with a plot and some important points, then wandered from A to B until I had characters and a story. For DUPLICITY, I started with characters and a premise and hoped they played nice together. I didn't know it was a cyberthriller until I was a third of the way in, and I didn't know how it ended until I got there, got stuck, spent a week wondering what I'd got myself into, then had an epiphany driving home and bam, shiny ending. For my current work-in-progress, I started with the premise, wrote some of it out, got stuck, panicked, then outlined the rest. Which, for this particular book, was critical for staying on track. Lord knows what random alignment of stars will be responsible for my next book.

And now for the fun part, where I get to tag two suspecting victims to post their own Writing Process posts:

Agency sister and writer friend Alexandra Sirowy, whose drool-worthy thriller THE CREEPING is one I cannot WAIT to get my hands on.

And newly pubbed novelist Ryan Hill, whose humorous paranormal THE BOOK OF BART debuted last week and is scooping in reviews about its fun, mischievous tone.

Check 'em out! They'll be posting their answers next week, June 2.

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