Welcome to my contribution to the My Writing Process Blog Hop. I was tagged by D. Renee Bagby, author extraordinaire. Every Monday you’ll find a new group of authors that are participating in this fun round-a-bout. Click Mizz Bagby’s name to see her post. At the end of my post below, you’ll find three new blog hoppers to visit next Monday.
1) What am I working on?
I’m currently prepping the next Pryde Ranch Shifter novella for edits and release. The Pryde’s are four African lioness shifters who are also the brightest minds in biotechnology and network security systems. I’m also finishing up the first book in a BDSM series. The book name is Juicy (it has the most fantastic cover EVER!) and the name of the series is called Twilight Teahouse.
2) How does my work differ from others of the same genre?
This is a tough question because I love so many different romance sub-genres and their authors. But I’ll say that when it comes to paranormal romance, I tend to fold traits and characteristics into the stories that are from real life in some way or another.
For example, the law enforcement officers in the Vampire Council of Ethics are all vampires. However, none of them are dead. Why not? Because of experience in the biotech industry, I was able to take some of the gene therapy knowledge that is used in real medicine and ‘work it over’ to make it central to my stories. The result: Vampires that are born, rather than dead, whose DNA determines what they are. It’s all in the science, baby!
3) Why do I write what I do?
That’s an easy one — because I LOVE IT! While I truly enjoy science fiction and fantasy books, (for example, Terry Brooks “Shannara” series and R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt Do’Urden Dark Elf books), I absolutely love romance novels.
4) How does my writing process work?
When I first started writing I used to fly by the seat of my pants, all passion and fire. And it worked for a book or two. But then after I sold my first books to Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing, I found that I caused myself royal pains in the butt with timeline issues–that’s when you have a character perform an action, then a paragraph, page or even a chapter later, you have them doing the same action as if they’d never done it.
Another issue I had with pantsing was leaving plot holes. Sometimes plot holes are okay if you’re writing a series and want to carry a secret or mystery forward to the next book. But those aren’t the kind of holes I’m talking about. These are holes I’d simply lose track of, such as leaving out an important piece of backstory.
Now, I plot it all out. Every book, every story. I love “First Draft in Thirty Days” by Karen Weisner. It helped me develop my own little template of things that need to be included in every story. I fill in that template at the beginning of each book, and when I’m done I have the bones of my book. Yahoo!
Be sure to check out for more hop stops and catch three more authors next Monday right here!!
Next week’s blog hop stops:
** Heather Long
Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories—her characters drive the books.
When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.
Heather’s Blog – http://heatherlongauthor.blogspot.com/
** Stephanie “Flash” Burke
Stephanie is co-founder of the charitable organization Write 4 Hope, Co Creator of the Japanese Culture and Anime Convention Mikomicon, Home-school Mom, English Tutor, an Orator on her favorite subject of writing and world building, a sometimes teacher when you feed her enough coffee and donuts, an anime nut, a costumer, and a frequent guest of various sci-fi and writing cons where she can be found leading panel discussions or researching more and varied legends and theories to improve her writing skills.
Stephanie is known for her love of the outrageous, strong female characters, believable worlds, male characters filled with depth, and interracial that make the reader sit up and take notice
Stephanie’s Blog – http://theflashcat.wordpress.com/blog/
** Paige Prince
Paige Prince has been writing since she was 7 years old when she first picked up a pen to write out her fantasy of being Joe McIntyre’s girlfriend (she was 7, cut her some slack). Since then, she’s discovered that there are more fun things to write about than just holding hands and going to the movies.
The one thing Paige loves to do above all others is read. Her favorite authors include Nora Roberts, Megan Hart, LA Witt, Tibby Armstong, Jaime Saare, Elise Hepner, Jodi Picoult, Jill Shalvis, Kristan Higgins, Charlaine Harris, JR Ward… she could probably go on forever. When she’s not writing, she can be found with a book (or her trusty iPad) in her hand.
Paige’s Blog – http://authorpaigeprince.com