Archive for March 31st, 2014

Welcome to my leg of the My Writing Process Tour. Many thanks to the fabulous Ellie Ashe for inviting me. We are all asked to answer the same set of four questions. It’s been eye opening for me to see how the other authors’ minds work. There’ve been some great similarities, but I’ve also learned so much from those who’ve blogged before me.

Here are my answers:

1) What am I working on?

I have two things in the works right now. I am collaborating with the fabulous Gemma Halliday on the second Tahoe Tessie novel, Hey Big Spender. That’s right, there will be more antics and mayhem from Tessie, Tate, Brittan, Ryder and Rafe. Words can’t express how much fun they are to write and how completely awesome Gemma is. For real. Seriously, I’m doing the happy dance while typing.

I’m also working out the kinks on a romantic comedy/suspense titled Sweet Nothings. This story follows Tana Jensen and her BFF Erika as they try to track down Tana’s boyfriend, Xander. Or ex-boyfriend. It all depends on whether or not he’s been faithful. He said he was away on police business, but pictures have surfaced that would say otherwise.

2) How does my work differ from others in the genre?

My books are written in many genres to keeps my readers guessing. Okay, so it’s probably more of the fact that I love to read so many different types of romance. I’m definitely a sucker for ‘happily ever after’, so my books all have that in common, or they will, in the case of my series lines. The common thread is humor, though.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I have a hard time writing completely serious manuscripts. It might have a smidge to do with… well, me. You see, I also have a hard time being completely serious, so there’s that. Write what you know! I honestly don’t think I’m capable of anything else. I come from a long line of snark. I hear there’s a twelve step program, but I can quit any time I want. Yeah, I can.

4) How does your writing process work?

I used to be what’s referred to in the writing community as a ‘pantser’. It’s where a writer basically flies by the seat of his or her pants while writing. No outline, no net, just writing what’s floating around in the imagination. Gemma is desperately trying to cure me of this affliction. Now, I take the rough idea for a book and start with a basic outline. Nothing grand at first, but I expand on it as the story unfolds in my mind. This helps tremendously to eliminate the sagging middle (where the story sort of hits a roadblock and stalls). I’m starting to think plotters might actually be on to something here. So, I guess I’d be considered a pantsing plotter at this point. Did I just make up a new term? Nope, Google says otherwise.

Thank you so much for visiting. I was supposed to invite three awesome authors to carry on the torch. I dropped the ball. Be sure to visit Ellie and follow backward for some great info.

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