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My Writing Process Blog Hop!

Historical Fiction writer Ruth Hull Chatlien and the awesome Tonja Drecker both tagged me in the Writing Process Blog Hop!

1) What am I working on?
A Dark YA Fantasy set in near future Bar Harbor, Maine. Or maybe it’s Paranormal…yeah, it doesn’t matter.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Because my work has me, that’s why. Lol! Basically, I call myself a hybrid writer. I like to take something normal and wax it paranormal. You know, throw a little blonde girl into a ring with the spawn of a union between the Lochness Monster and Frankenstein. Then I sit back and watch what kind of abilities she sprouts or what kind of genius she comes up with to save her butt and take the monster down. ^_^ It’s like taking Mary Lennox from A Secret Garden or Sara Crewe from A Little Princess, aging them to their teens, and throwing them into a crockpot with Buffy the Slayer, the Brother’s Grimm, and the Scream franchise. Fusion, dude. Fusion.

3) Why do I write what I do?
Like most writers, I write what I like most to read. I like things that make me look over my shoulder while I’m writing and giggle at random stuff at same time. It’s fun and exciting and for some reason really calms the old brain. It’s funny because I like everything from Historical Romance to Anne of Green Gables, but when I write I lean towards darker stuff — without getting too violent, because blood gushing everywhere is really not my thing, though some blood is fine. It’s more psychological darkness and non-gory violence. With some romance thrown in because I’m a sucker for romance.

4) How does my writing process work?
Most of the time I get ideas in the form of a main character doing something interesting. Like, facing down a charismatic vampire after having stolen something from him or poking around a cemetery a night and stealing the flowers off a grave. Things that make me think, “Whoa! What the crap are you doing? Get over here and talk to me.” Then I start taking notes and start up a dialogue with the main player(s) in my head. I typically brainstorm and take notes for a few weeks before I start writing. If the story isn’t ready to go in a few weeks, it gets put back into the crockpot and I grab something else. It’s not an impatience thing, it’s a readiness thing. I know from experience that if a story of mine is not ready to go after a month or so, something is wrong and I need to set it aside until the kinks in the plot are worked out.

I absolutely will not start drafting until I have a basic plot summary detailing the beginning, middle, end, and point of the story. And I absolutely will not start writing until I have that open dialogue with the MC and they trust me with their story and their life. We love each other so much. ^_^

Anywho, I was supposed to tag some folks, but instead I’m just going to say, anyone who wants to do it, grab the questions and have yerself some fun. ^_^ With the A to Z challenge going on, I don’t know who has time or who’s already done it or something like it. Also, let me know if you do, so I make sure I stop by!


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