When a writing opportunity comes my way, I’d be foolish to turn it down. So, when my twitter lit up with a message from Roger, asking me to be a part of this tour, I agreed immediately. After all, it’s pretty exciting to talk about writing in any capacity. But, before I take over the limelight let’s talk about the wonderful Roger. He’s a writer of horror and the geekiest guy on the block. Seriously, don’t ever confuse Star Wars with Star Trek because you’ll end up feeling like Penny in a room with Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj. Oh yeah, I’m Super proud of my Big Bang Theory metaphor there. I also realise my coolness factor just dropped astronomically. (If you watch the show, you’ll notice the puns.) You can read his writing process here, and I also urge you to read his short story pieces too. He comes with an abundance of creativity and his #FridayPhrases captivate quite the audience.
I’m truly grateful to be a part of this hop, and I thank you, Roger, for thinking of me.
Now, on to the Spanish Inquisition, uh, I mean, insightful questions…
What am I working on?
Here’s the part where I jump up and down with excitement to share some new information with you all. If you follow me on twitter or stalk me on facebook then you’ll know I’ve started writing Nature’s Destiny 2, and while that is still very much a part of me, I have something brand new in the works. Sometimes an idea won’t quit no matter how much you write down, and that’s exactly what happened with my current WIP. It’s a New Adult MC Romance, and for those that don’t know what MC stands for, its Motorcycle Club. That’s right, I’m writing a hot, steamy, gritty biker book that focuses on two viewpoints. Yup, I’m dabbling with dual POV’s this time, and it’s definitely intended for a mature audience (17/18+). As I’m still in the early word count stages of this novel, I don’t want to reveal too much. But, stay tuned for more details in the next month or so. Oh, and if you’re a little curious and want to get a little taste as to the ‘feel’ of the novel, you can check out my Spotify playlist titled MC, (actual title to be chosen.)
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
You know, when I first read this I was going to answer by saying it’s because of my style. Every writer has their own imprint, just like the unique DNA cast in the grooves of our fingers. But, that’s when I realised I had a correlation of themes in the novels I’m writing. Basically, it all boils down to family. If you’ve read Nature’s Destiny, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s okay, I won’t divulge any spoilers here. I guess you’ll have to read it for yourself to find out.
Why do I write what I do?
It’s simple really, I just love to write. With Nature’s Destiny, I love to explore and create the things that don’t exist. I was recently asked a few similar questions, which you can read here, and ultimately it returns to that feeling of free reign. I have been obsessed with the paranormal since I sat down and watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer with my best bud when we were in primary school. Angel became the first vampire I fell in love with, Oz was my first taste at a werewolf, and Buffy, the first strong female character I truly admired. I was so caught up in Joss Whedon’s Buffyverse I wanted to be her. The supernatural are fascinating, to exist with a power that saves mankind on a daily basis without all the glory? Firstly, sign me up, and secondly, let me capture that in my writing. As the years have gone by, the paranormal community has kept my addiction going from episodes of True Blood, to films such as Underworld. And on another note, I’m pretty sure I have a ghost in my house, but we’ll get to those stories another day.
What I’m currently working on isn’t paranormal, but it’s still romance. And that’s the main genre of my novels. Not everything in life is fair or easy, and sometimes the bad things win too many times, but writing what I do, I want to create an escape for someone else. I want to be able to provide some happiness for someone that needs a break from the real drama. And, if I can do that for them by providing a Happily Ever After, then my goal as a writer has been met.
How does your writing process work?
My process is simple. I write the entire first draft, then I rewrite, and finish by editing. There’s a lot of stuff that happens after that like beta readers, but those three steps are what I do alone first. I have a big whiteboard on my wall, seriously it’s like the size they use in schools, and I use it to plot. Then I dab post-it notes, pictures, lyrics, anything that inspires the storyline around it too. Honestly, when I wrote Nature’s Destiny, the entire wall looked like it had been redecorated with all the pieces of paper I’d blu-tacked to it. The whole idea, isn’t that I’ve gone absolutely insane, but it’s the fact I see it when I go to bed, and it’s the first thing I see when I wake. It becomes embedded so deeply in my subconscious, that when I’m not actively thinking of it my mind will throw an idea that could help me solve whatever writing struggle I’m having. I stick to writing goals; 2000 words a day, and if I don’t succeed that day I’ll add it on to the next. Why do I put that pressure on myself? Discipline. If I didn’t, I’d never get anything done. And with every milestone I achieve, I do a little celebratory dance, like, YAY I finished the first draft, YAY I finished rewrites etc. Every step is worth a pat on the back because it’s another step closer to publishing. Don’t play it down, it’s a great feat to have conquered.
So, with my writing process mumblings out of the way, I guess you’re wondering who’s up next. And, boy, have I got a line-up for you, which I’m so grateful they accepted! I can’t wait to read what they have to say…
Heather is an acclaimed indie author of over 10 YA & NA titles including her bestselling Dirty Blood series which can be found at her blog. She’s also the founder of Phoenix: Author Ink where she coaches authors from plotting to publishing, and most recently co-founder of Elephantine Publishing.
Loubelle’s blog holds written pieces inspired by her life. From a series she dedicates as letters to her dad, to the struggles and joys she finds during the creation of her WIP. Oh, and a love for avacado’s too.
Besides the many names Alex likes to pen, her blog is filled with writerly musings, and a regular story-telling posted as Finally Friday. She also holds updates on her current WIP titled, The Final Chapter of Rain, which in turn is the first instalment of the Zodiac series.
That’s it from me for now. Thanks again, Roger.
Have a great week all!