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Writing Process Blog Tour

I’m so excited to be part of the Writing Process Blog Tour that’s sweeping the ‘Net. And so honored to be tagged by my fabulous friend, blogger, and author, Debbi Michiko Florence of DEBtastic Reads. Please stop by her blog to see her answers to these questions. debtasticreads.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/writing-process-blog-tour/

What am I currently working on?

I’m getting geared up for the release of my debut novel, DEVIN RHODES IS DEAD, coming out from Mackinac Island Press/Charlesbridge on October 14th. I also just finished this website last month, so…welcome! And thanks so much for stopping by.

I have several different pieces that I’m playing with right now. I say playing with because they’re still in the early stage where I’m getting to know my characters and learning about the plot. And that to me is super fun.

The story that’s getting the most of my attention is a YA contemporary/science fiction novel. At least, that’s what I think I’ll call it. I’m also working on a middle grade ghost novel. I like ghosts. Almost as much as I like chocolate. Which is a lot.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I think all writers have their own unique voice—their own way of expressing what they see and experience. There are lots of different ways to tell a story and I think what’s unique about all writers is the way that they tell it.

Why do I write what I write?

I write what I want to read.

I like to be transported when I read, experience different worlds, times and cultures. So most of my writing has supernatural, otherworldly or magical elements to it.

In general, I’m not particularly reality-based.

How does my individual writing process work?

As much as I wish I could plot out and outline my novels, it always turns into a mangled mess. So, I start with a character, sometimes just a voice, and I write and write to see what happens to that character.

I long ago abandoned the idea of writing linearly. Instead, I write the scenes as they come to me and piece them together afterwards. I find it’s a great way to combat writer’s block and get down important elements of the story while they’re still shiny and new.

There are also lots of sticky notes, story boards and snacks involved. It’s not always pretty.

I write best late at night, when the house is still, but my mind is alive—free of errands and to-dos and the constraints of everyday life. I usually write on my laptop, curled up on the couch in whichever room I’m most comfortable. Right now I’m happiest in my den. But I often plunk myself down in my living room, the basement and sometimes the kitchen (although that doesn’t help my chocolate intake.)

Thanks again for stopping by! =)

Posted in News, Writing Process Blog Tour on 07/02/2014 02:58 pm

1 Comment

  1. Fascinating process! Loved your answers. I can’t wait to read your debut novel. I’m already a fan of your awesome short stories!

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