I am thrilled to be included in this year’s “My Writing Process” Blog Hop. This is my first time on the blog hop trail, and I’d like to thank Amy Jarecki for giving me the opportunity. She’s a fabulous author who can be found at her website or through her Twitter handle: @amyjarecki.
Now let us begin!
“We writers share these things, but informally during workshops and at conferences (and, for a handful of established writers, printed interviews), but not so much through our open-forum blogs. With the hashtag #MyWritingProcess, you can learn how writers all over the world answer the same four questions. How long it takes one to write a novel, why romance is a fitting genre for another, how one’s playlist grows as the draft grows, why one’s poems are often sparked by distress over news headlines or oddball facts learned on Facebook…”
1. What am I working on?
Where do I begin? My files are overflowing with outlines, plots, and ideas! But, my focus is on two main projects at the moment. I am in the final stretch of writing a full-fledged novel. Another 30,000 words or so, and I will be able to rejoice in my success! Until it comes to writing a synopsis, queries, and pitches. Then the really tough work begins.
Another project I am working on is a novella series. Each book in the series is centered around one wicked concept—all of which relate to rogues and their debauchery. The series has been a blast to write, thus far! We’ll see where it leads.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Hmmm… Regency romances do seem to clutter bookshelves in libraries and stories, but my work differs in the fact it is coming from me. What I write is my form of a concept or a trope. I put my own spin on different storylines and formulas, and no other person on earth can replicate my voice.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I’ll have to break my answer down into three different sections: history, writing, and the theme of romance. When connected, I can answer. So, follow my lovely bullet points to better understand my mind!
• History: I have adored history since my childhood. I have loved history so much throughout my life I even have a degree in the field. My historical obsessions have ranged from ancient Egypt, the Viking Age, Renaissance Italy, and Europe during the Enlightenment. But the Regency era holds a special place in my heart. The era’s confining rules, social upheaval, hypocrisy, and elegance is what draws me.
• Writing: Again, I have adored writing since my childhood. I started as a toddler with creating my own picture books at the dining room table. I wrote time travelling adventures, mysteries, and ghost stories. As I grew into my own person, I experimented with poetry and short stories, until I settled into the shoes of a regency romance writer. Perfect, because it connects my two favorite pursuits! History and writing.
• Romance: So, why write romance? Why not straight historical fiction like Colleen McCullough? Or historical mysteries and historical fantasies like Wilbur Smith? Writing the journey of two people never expecting to find love, but somehow discovering a draw to one another, is the most rewarding sort of writing. For me. Place the two in a different era where society’s rules, behaviors, and lifestyles differ from the present, I am in writing heaven!
4. How does my writing process work?
My writing process varies from project to project. The full storylines for novelettes or novellas blossom in my head and stay there. I never write outlines for these shorter works, but simply sit down in front of my laptop to write the story I see.
Novels are a different matter entirely. With the longer lengths, I want to be assured I will not forget the important details to a plot’s twists or a character’s quirks. I write character descriptions and full outlines for these sort of projects. These are kept in files and folders, so the information can be easily retrieved when I sit down to work. This is also the process I followed for the novella series I am writing. Character descriptions, outlines, files, and all 🙂