As life continues to throw curveballs at me, my wrap up post for ECCC that I promised two months ago keeps getting delayed. I swear I’ll share it and the cosplay photos SOON. In the meantime, I was tagged by the amazing Victoria Adams over at Victoria’s Reading Alcove to answer a few questions about the process behind my writing. It’s a nice way to resume blogging, and a good distraction from a week that was ridiculously crummy. Here we go!
What am I working on?
This is a complicated question for me as there are two answers. On a strictly writing side, I am currently having the first book of a new series beta read before submission. It’s another fantasy romance, and it involves magic and mystery but perhaps a little vampirism as well. What happens when a Ghost Hunter doomed to a half-life meets her destiny in the form of a soldier tired of war? Hopefully you’ll find out soon! The real project I am heavily working on right now is actully a video game. I am the writer, designer, photographer, and nearly-everything-elser. I have a full cast of actors, a costumer, two concept artists, a composer, and more. We’re nearing the end of starting photography and costume tests, and will soon be moving on to principal photography for the actual art in the game. You can keep up with us on Facebook on our official page.
How does my work differ from others of the genre?
I can say definitively that I have made people who normally dislike the romance field pick up my books anyway and love them. Romance is a core component of everything I write but it is not the only core component. If you love fantasy or paranormal stories with sometimes complicated plots, characters with a lot of depth, and certainly a lot of emotional roller coasters, then you’re going to love my books whether or not there might be some steamy scenes as well. The important thing I always tell potential readers is that I write life. Life is laughter, tears, pain, joy, love, hate, and, yes, desire. Whether there is magic and faeries or a world on the brink of destruction is not relevant. I write LIFE.
Why do I write what I do?
Because I can’t not write it. I’ve been in love with fantasy/paranormal from childhood, and I’ve been a sucker for romance since I was thirteen and my mother shared her lastest favorite book. In the beginning, most of what I wrote would certainly fit the ‘fluffy’ bill as it was nearly always happy-happy-joy-joy, but as I aged and matured and came to acceptance with a darker side of my soul I once ignored, more depth began to emerge. Maybe I’m just trying to live vicariously through my characters and hope I’ll find a happy ending–no matter how hard the journey–of my own.
How does my writing process work?
Oh my. I’m one of those terribly detail-oriented people. (To the point my friends joke about my unhealthy obsession with spreadsheets and outlines that are the length of a short novel.) Everything starts with a seed. Something. A character, an idea, a world . . . just something that forms from the nothing of the multiverse in my mind and begans to grow. I usually let it be until it actually roots and demands information. That’s when Word and/or Excel gets cracked open and I dig in deep. If it’s a brand new world, the details become even more critical and involved since I have make the rules of my world. Once I’ve established my setting, I just start writing the outline and see what happens. Some of my outlines will include thrown in bits of dialogue if a certain line pops into my head along the way. If anyone is curious, my current record for an outline length was (no joke) 50000 words. Yes, the outline was the length of a NaNoWriMo accomplishment. It turned into a 272,000 novel. No, that’s not a typo. Yowza! (It won’t be published, should anyone wonder. It’s a personal work just for my and my closest friends.)
Okay, that was fun to do. 🙂 If anyone has anymore questions about my process, hit me with them in the comments and I’ll be glad to answer. Don’t ask for spoilers though. That’s cheating!