Writing Process Blog Tour

1. Introduce the author who passed the blog tour to you and link back to their blog.

I was tagged by Diana Pinguicha, an engineering student in Lisbon, Portugal. In her spare time, Diana likes to paint, write and game. Diana is a lover of cats and delicious food. You can find her blog here.

2. What am I working on?

At any given time I’m probably working fifteen different things. As far as writing projects go, I have a manuscript I’m prepping for querying, a manuscript that’s in time out because it was being naughty, a really rough draft from Camp NaNoWriMo that needs to be revised, and a handful of manuscripts in other varying degrees of completion.

3. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Well, to start off, most of what I write doesn’t cleanly fall into any genre. My time-out manuscript is sci-fi (unless I change my mind again) but the setting roughly 1940s rather than futuristic. My alternate universe romance novel has so much murder in it that I’m not sure I should even market it as a romance.

4. Why do I write what I write?

I write YA because I’m mentally 17-years-old. Like somebody at an airport asked me how old I was and I accidentally said 17 even though I’m 22 which isn’t even close to 17. I write genre-bending stories because most of my stories start with me saying, “What have I seen a lot in stuff I’ve been reading, and how can I write the complete opposite of that?”

5. How does my writing process work?

The word “process” seems a little generous, because it changes every time I start a new progress. Sometimes I plot (though a chapter outline may consist of nothing more than “Shenanigans ensue” or “They kiss and talk about mushy stuff”). More often than not, I’m a pantser. I like 99% of the time know how the book will end though. I think of endings first, then middles, then beginnings. I’m more motivated to do first drafts than to revise, which is probably why I have a whole slew of manuscripts that are not publication ready.

Some things that are consistent for all manuscripts I write: mid-manuscript breakdowns that include yelling at my characters, being inspired by the lovely ladies in my writing group, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

I’m tagging Keith Willis. Keith’s debut novel TRAITOR KNIGHT will hit shelves summer 2015. Find his blog here.

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