My good friend, Kadee McDonald, has tagged me to be next on the “My Writing Process Blog Tour.” Kadee writes traditional Regency romance released through the Aurora Regency line of Musa Publishing.
Let’s move on to the four required blog questions:
What am I currently working on?
I’m taking a bit of a break and am studying technique. I have an idea for an epic YA time travel story and I want to get deeply into my characters before I begin fleshing out the plot. Right now, I’m reading The Anatomy of Story by John Truby, a well-respected screenplay analyst in Hollywood.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Although I enjoy writing paranormal and sci-fi, I try to avoid allowing my characters an easy out by giving them “convenient” powers and abilities. Any unique qualities my characters may have are truly part of them and are as realistic as I can make them, considering the genre. For example, in my YA novella, Ghost Writer, Malden didn’t set out to find any ghosts but her computer talents certainly helped her when she did.
Why do I write what I do?
I’ve enjoyed sci-fi since I found the juvenile novels of Robert Heinlein, starting with Have Space Suit, Will Travel, and my favorite of his, Time for the Stars. I also loved Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series. I like to read about the “what ifs” of life but only in stories where the characters also do all the normal things, like eating, sleeping…and falling in love. Whether it’s ghosts or vampires or time travelers, I enjoy putting my characters into difficult situations without asking them to forgo too many of their creature comforts. I could never see myself writing dystopian fiction, where everyone is miserable.
How does my writing process work?
I either start with character or theme first, although the two happen almost simultaneously for me. For instance, if I wanted to write about a character with psychic abilities, I’d immediately start seeing ways in which those abilities could be used or perhaps even exploited. That would lead to the question of the morality of using those abilities, which would create the theme.
Thanks, everyone! I’d love to hear your comments about the types of stories you enjoy reading.
I’m now tagging my friend and Los Angeles Romance Authors (LARA) chapter mate, Claire Davon, to carry on this blog tour. Claire writes urban fantasy, contemporary and paranormal romance. You can read more about her great stories at her website and check out her writing process on her blog! Take it away, Claire!