Today is "My Writing Process" blog tour day, when writers answer questions about their writing process. Last week, fellow Astraea romance author Sherry Gloag, posted hers. You can read it at http://sherrygloagtheheartofromance.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/my-writing-process-mywritingprocess.html Thank you Sherry for inviting me to join in the blog tour.
1) What are you currently working on?
I'm working on four books at the moment. I like to work on a few different projects as I find it keeps the creativity flowing and is great for curing writer's block. If I get stuck on how to proceed with one story I can move onto another one for a while. This helps me return to the other one with fresh eyes and a new perspective.
One of my projects is a YA, called Sapphire Blue. It's an after-life romance adventure, and I've mentioned a bit about it in my previous blog so scroll down if you want to find out more. Two of the other books are romance novels and the fourth book is a picture book. They are all at various stages of development.
2) How does your work differ from others of its genre?
I hope it's because I like to write about tough subjects in a light way, with every day characters that readers can relate to. I want to make people think 'what would I do?' in that situation. Sapphire Blue is essentially a love story, but both the hero and heroine die in the first chapter. The theme of the story is can true love survive anything even death? Sapphire and Will, my hero and heroine, are separated in the after-life and have to go through a lot of tough stuff if they want to be together. Is their love strong enough? It's written from both Sapphire's and Will's point of view as Will insisted on telling his story too (again this is mentioned in the previous blog).
I like my female characters to be strong and sassy, not afraid to kick butt if they have too, and a bit quirky. And my male characters to have a caring side. In Perfect Summer, my previous YA, Morgan has to make some tough choices to save her brother and Jamie will do anything for his little sister.
Someone who read Perfect Summer said,'I’m just so glad Karen wrote this book and that I got to read it because its really made me stop and think about my life'. And one reviewer for my romance novel, The Millionaire Plan, said 'Jed was totally endearing to me and I felt his relationship with his sister made him an even better man.'
3) Why do you write like you do?
I’ve always written in different genres and for different markets. I first started writing for the teenage magazine, Jackie, then romance stories for Patches, Loving and Blue Jeans. I wrote children’s books for a long time, writing anything from comic strips, fiction, non-fiction even plays. I had my first romance, Never Say Forever, published in 2007, Perfect Summer was published in 2012, then my second romance,The Millionaire Plan, and I now write for all three markets.
4) How does your writing process work?
I usually get my character first. She/he pops into my head and starts telling me their story. I really like to get to know what makes my character tick before I start writing. I work out a character profile for them, filling in all sorts of information not just their appearance but their character traits, their family, their background, what they want most, what they fear most, the worst thing that happened to them ever. Anything really.
Next, I work out a basic plot. I make lots of notes at this time, in notebooks, on scraps of paper, in the margins of newspapers, even on the back of my hand if something occurs to me when I’m out and have no pen and paper. When I’m comfortable with my character and where the plot is going I start writing. This is where the fun starts because things don’t always go to plan and sometimes a character takes over or the story goes off on a tangent.
I write my first draft first, then go back and edit it, rewriting and revising until I’m satisfied with it. Not that I’m ever satisfied but there has to be some point when you tell yourself to stop editing before you lose the original spark. :)
Next week the following three authors will be telling you about their writing process:
Ann Evans - http://annsawriter.blogspot.co.uk/
Ann is a good friend of mine, we often run writing workshops together. She writes fiction and non-fiction for children and adults.
Susan Price http://susanpricesblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Susan is a former Carnegie medal winner. She writes for children and Young Adults, mostly fantasy tinged if not outright fantasy.
Bill Kirton. http://bill-kirton.co.uk/?page_id=402.
Bill writes crime, historicals and satire/humour for adults and stories for children.