Hello everyone! I’ve got a different sort of post today, as I’ve been invited by a friend on Wattpad to be part of a blog hop. And…as it gives me a chance to promote a few fellow authors, I jumped right in.
For those of you who don’t know what a blog hop is (I had to look it up), it’s basically a chain letter, but on blogs. I hope the web doesn’t get mad at us for plugging up the wires, but it’s a fun idea because the person who invited me answered the following questions, I answer them, and the people I invite answer them too..and it keeps going until everyone in the world has answered these questions. Maybe it’s more of a blogging pyramid scheme than a chain letter? Hmmm…
So, I was invited into the pyramid by Katrin Hollister, who has a great book on Wattpad called Rise of the Vengeful Dragon. If you are a fantasy fan, check it out now!
And after I’m done with this post, I’ll be passing the proverbial pyramid torch to Emily Godhand, Everyn Kildare and Kat Loveland. Go check out their pages! Emily writes a fantastic horror thriller called Fear of the Dark, Everyn’s book Crow is a great paranormal fantasy that reminds me a lot of Neil Gaiman and Kat is working on book 2 of her Honor Bound series…a very cool action packed thriller that mixes fashion models, superheroes and child trafficking.
So, here we go! Onto the questions…
1. What am I working on?
Currently I’m working on the sequels to Schism. I have been working on the outlines for several other novels, but the reactions of a few people who have read the entire book and demanded the sequel have convinced me to focus in on Schism II and III.
While I can’t give any story details away, I can tell you that these books are shaping up to have even more action, more twists and even worse bad guys for our heroes William, Bryan and Jess to deal with. But, they have a few new allies to give them a fighting chance.
2. How is my work different from others of its genre?
I guess I should try to answer this…okay, please correct me, but I’m not too aware of other paranormal thrillers that dive so much into transpersonal psychology??? Is that different?
But honestly, I think every book that tries to be original ends up being different from the rest. I think every author wants their characters and story to stand out and work hard to make that happen.
It’s up to the readers to tell me how mine is different.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I love to tell stories. I love to stay awake too long thinking up plot connections, ways to express themes that interest me and come up with horrible situations for my protagonists to have to get out of.
Most of all, I try to write stories about things that interest me. If I end up liking it at every stage…planning, outlining, writing, editing, posting, recording audio and audio editing, then I think there’s a chance others might like it too.
4. How does my writing process work?
Oh wow where to start…you can take a look at the archives of my blog to get a hint of that…but basically, I plan! Before I put even a paragraph down, I work out every bit of the plot, the character arcs, the theme, the point of view switches…it all gets nailed down.
That way, all of the pain is up front. Once I start the writing, I get to focus in on that and don’t have to worry about going astray. I still re-write and edit like crazy, but I’d say the planning cuts the re-writes in half, at least. I don’t have to do structural changes, just cosmetic work and that saves a ton of time!
I recommend it highly.
There you go! Now it’s up to Emily and Kat to take up the blog hop banner and continue to build that pyramid. Please check out their blogs and their work!