Fellow author Linda Lee Williams invited me on a Blog Hop. She answered the following questions and then “tagged” me, and three other authors to do the same. Here is her original post.
After my post, I will tag three authors as well. What a great idea! Thank you, Linda!
Here are the answers to my questions:
1. What am I working on?
Well, I just finished a paranormal romance/urban fantasy about a woman who stumbles into the world of vampires. In the process, she learns more about herself than she ever imagined. The manuscript is with beta readers now, and the title is Second Nature.
Soon, I will get back to work on the third book of the Heiresses in Love trilogy. It is a historical romance called Upon Your Love. Upon Your Love is set in Victorian times right in New Orleans, though there is a slight diversion in England. The heroine is not your typical Victorian young woman, and she gets into all sorts of trouble when she decides to do a matchmaking scheme with a gentleman she just met. She and the gentleman are trying to pair up their mutual friends, but they don’t expect to be drawn to each other in the process. Soon enough, her gentleman friend finds out what sort of hellion he’s trying to charm. Without giving away any spoilers, let’s just say that all sorts of interesting things happen.
I am also doing a romantic suspense collaboration with a writing partner. It is titled Certain Death, and it is about a female scientist who discovers a terrible secret. Soon, there are all sorts of hit men after her and one of them even decides to protect her. I am also finishing up an anthology with stories and poems that I hope to release soon.
2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I think I just go with whatever my heart tells me to do. Even if it goes against industry standards, I am just telling a story. With Upon Your Honor, my newest release, I sort of realized later on that the novel had a lot of suspense in it, probably more than most Victorian romances. In a way, it crossed genres. That wasn’t my intention at all though. I am just trying to show a human experience somewhere in the pages. I only hope that my readers see it too.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I love romance. I can’t stop writing about it. I always loved watching romance movies or reading love stories. I couldn’t get enough of it. To me, romance is an escape, but also reality. Believe me, even though we are in modern times, there are still gentlemen out there. There are still people that know how to be romantic. And I think love does that for people. If you love someone, you want to do things for that individual. You want to make them happy. And that’s really all romance is. A simple gesture like picking a flower for your girl or holding her hand – it is a gesture that speaks for itself. It says you appreciate that person, that you want to be with them. Romance can be shown in many ways, and what better way than to create a story with that element?
4. How does my writing process work?
My writing process is, to say the least, a bit complicated. At first, I am pretty haphazard about my writing projects. I write on stories spontaneously. When I finally decide what to focus on, however, that’s when the real work begins. From there, I have to figure out what is going to happen in the book. I usually have a pretty general idea of the plot, but at that point I have to go into more detail by writing a full outline. This also helps keep me on track while I’m finishing the book. The outline tells what parts of the project I need to work on next, whether it is developing characters, writing a scene or doing research on a particular topic.
Once the book is finished, I go back and do my own edits and during that process, that gives me more of an idea of what story elements I should work on. Maybe more research needs to be done, further character development, describing a particular place, et cetera. Then once I am completely satisfied with it (LOL! That’s funny because we never are…there’s always something you can think to fix), I send it to beta readers and critique partners. Based on their feedback, that tells me if more work should be done. This process can take awhile.
Upon Your Return, my first historical romance, took me years to write. The sequel took me a year. I have written other books as well, and some have taken months. It really just depends on the project. Historical books, of course, take a little longer because there is no room for error. Accuracy is vital to the story.
So there’s my contribution to this blog hop. I hope the blog hop reaches far and wide, and a lot of authors can connect. Thank you, Linda, for choosing me.
Linda Lee Williams, Paranormal Romance Author
And here’s who I’ve tagged:
P.I. Barrington, Author of Science Fiction, Paranormal/Futuristic Crime Thrillers and Horror with a hint of Romance
LaRae Parry, Author of Romance and Humor/Satire, and all around “Crazy Lady”
Matty Millard, Author of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Humor/Satire
And, of course, here are my books:
Oh, and if you’d like to participate in the blog hop, just answer the following questions and tag me in your post. Let’s keep this crazy writing chain going! Happy blogging! 🙂