I was flattered when Diane Brandon at http:\\eclecticintuitive.blogspot.com asked me to participate in a blog tour. Diane is currently writing not one but two books: Spiritually Aware Since Birth and 100 Dreams Interpreted, which will be a follow-up book to Dream Interpretation for Beginners — Understand the Wisdom of Your Sleeping Mind which is being published in March 2015. I love the idea of sharing our work and process. Writing cab be a lonely act and being connected with other writers through blog tours such as this or critique groups or other avenues are all what keep us going and inspired.
For this blog tour, each of us has been asked to answer four questions. Here they are, as well as my answers to them:
1) What Am I Working On?
I tend to work on a number of things at one time. Right now, I have several stories in anthologies and am continuing to write short stories and a novella. However, my primarily focus is editing my humorous paranormal amateur sleuth novel set in Savannah, Georgia. I’m finding that the editing process is much more enjoyable than I thought it would be – and am headed back to Savannah later this summer to re-visit some of the places where the events in my occur.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
The mystery genre requires certain conventions that our readers expect. In that respect, my novel is similar to others in the genre. However, my main character, Trisha is unique as well as her late Aunt Harriett who plays an active role in “helping “ Trisha solve the murder. While I read lots of different kinds of books, including lots of mysteries and thrillers, I gravitate to those that make me laugh, give me a real sense of place and where I learn something. All of those qualities are in my story to some extent and together with my characters, that makes my work different and distinctive.
3) How does my writing process work?
My process is like a lot of pantsers (we write by the seat of our pants). I usually know the beginning of my story and an ending, although both tend to change some. From there, I have a character that I work to get to know by writing scenes. Somewhere along the way, the plot begins to order those scenes. Then the editing and re-writing starts and I go back through, moving things around and adding missing pieces. It’s a bit organic in nature but it seems to work for me.
As for inspiration – that can be from anything. I was telling my critique group last night that the beginning of the story I read came from watching “So You Think You Can Dance.” I had it on as I was winding down and finishing up things for the night. It was a first for me and we all had a good laugh over what I was inspired by – but you just never know. But it was one of those times where my brain was focused on something else and however it works, the part that controls inspiration was watching and noted the kernel of an idea.
4) Why Do I Write What I Do?
This one’s really easy. I write what I like to read. I write what I am curious about. I write what inspires me. I write when the character in my head won’t leave me alone. Finally, I write for my own enjoyment and share it so that hopefully others will enjoy it as well. It’s a wonderful creative journey.
Three excellent writers and wonderful women will continue this blog tour, and they are the following writers:
Laura Benedict’s latest dark suspense novel is BLISS HOUSE (Pegasus Crime), praised as “Eerie, seductive, and suspenseful,” by Edgar award-winning author, Meg Gardiner. Laura is also the author of DEVIL’S OVEN, a modern Frankenstein tale, and CALLING MR. LONELY HEARTS and ISABELLA MOON, both originally published by Ballantine Books. Her work has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, PANK, and numerous anthologies like Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads (Oceanview), and Slices of Flesh (Dark Moon Books)
She is the author of Petersburg, an historical adventure and love story set against the Russian Revolution of 1904. Petersburg reached the Best Sellers List in England. In addition, she is the author of five novels for children and young adults as well as several picture books for young children.
The Art of Fiction Writing or How to Fall Down the Rabbit Hole Without Really Trying is a course in fiction writing based on her more than thirty years of coaching. It is comprised of a workbook and five audio journeys that open doorways to your imagination, and teach you ways of writing that will surprise, delight and free the writer in you!
Emily has an unpublished historical novel, Mistress of the Labyrinth, set against the Fourth Crusade in 1204 and Jerusulem at the time of Christ’s Crucifixion. At the center of the story is the burial Shroud of Christ, stolen from Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade. In order to save the Shroud, a young Greek seeress journeys to a past life in time to Jerusalem at the time of the Crucificion.
Emily is currently working on a novel set in Maine in the 1920’s.
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