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Monday, February 24, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour

Today is my Blog Tour Day. This blog tour is where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process. My friend Sommer Marsden posted hers last week, and I'd like to thank her for inviting me to join in. You can check out her writing process at http://sommermarsden.blogspot.com/2014/02/my-writing-processand-supposedly-my-ass.html

So, here are my answers to the four questions about my writing process:
1)     What am I working on?
Currently, I’m writing a novel based on a call for submissions from a publisher I’ve always wanted to be published by. Yes, I’m not saying for a very specific reason *winks* It takes place in Ireland, involves witches of course, and also some magical people gone bad who have placed a curse on a family. I’m pushing myself in this novel to have a larger than life main couple and antagonist, as well as non-stop action. Having a lot of fun and wishing I could go to Ireland for research.

2)     How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Hmmm, well there are a lot of paranormal authors out there, but for me, I like to have a mix of both supernatural and pagan elements in my stories, as well as create very grey areas around the good verses bad magic. I also try to create very specific spells for my characters to use, and I do this through a lot of research. As far as the romance end goes, well, I often like to include the magic there. Lots of sex spells in my stories. As well as seeking how the supernatural elements of the story play out in bed *smiles*

3)     Why do I write what I do?
Well, for a few reasons. First, I write to escape. Doctors seem to think I was born with a depressive personality. To me, this means I’m often sad without reason and often have more of an issue dealing with everyday life. So, I deal by not only escaping into one I can control, but also one where I can give what I can’t handle a happy ending. Why the paranormal, erotic romances? Well, I like the edge, the over the top feeling that magic lends to stories, and I’m a sucker for a happy ending. Oh, and also, darker things make me happy. What? Well, I can explain that better through a music example. Happy songs drive me up a wall while angry songs, say Breaking Benjamin, Will Not Bow, for instance, pick me up. I think it has something to do with feeling someone gets me?!? I don’t know, even I can’t explain me. LOL

4)     How does your writing process work?
First, I spend way too much time in research. I really love it. Second, I write out a chapter outline so I can braid together all the plot elements of my story, hide surprises and plot twists, etc. I sort of cut and place my research information into this. Third, by the time those two steps are down, I sit down and crank out a rough draft. Four, and another really fun step, is to go back through the rough draft and add in details, play with wordings, etc.

Up Next Week:

Willsin Rowe

Willsin Rowe falls in love with a scent, a playful expression or an act of casual intimacy more easily than with physical beauty. When confronted by any combination of these he is a lost cause.

He has done many things over and over. He has done even more things only once. He has half-done more things than he cares to admit.

He is intelligent but not sensible. He is polite but inappropriate. He is passionate but fearful. He is honest but reticent. He is not scruffy enough nor stylish enough to be cool.

Laken Cane
Laken Cane is an urban fantasy writer living in the Midwest.
Her debut book, Shiv Crew, is a dark urban fantasy and is followed by Blood and Bite, book two, and Strange Trouble, book three. Book four is a work in progress.
Places you can find Laken: Website: www.lakencane.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/laken.cane.3 Twitter: @lakencane Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/lakencane

Cree Walker

Cree Walker lives in Northern Maine with her very patient debate partner and their furry love child, mini rat terrier, Titan. When Cree isn't plugging away at her computer she can most likely be found at the hospital where she works as an advanced psychiatric technician for both children and adults.
To date, Cree has four novel length publications with Naughty Nights Press. Paranormal werewolf romance, Whisper on a Scream, and it's sequel, Urban Fantasy nominated book for 2012, Willing Sacrifice. She also has paranormal romantic comedy, A Winter's Grave, book one to the Reaper series and her most recent publication, Maple Lane Manor, Home for Retired Supernaturals. So far, Maple Lane Manor has been a finalist in the 2013 UpAuthors Fiction Challenge and all have received the coveted 5 star review rating from the Paranormal Romance Guild.

Posted By Kiki Howell
Author Bio: Ever since she was young, Kiki could spend hours lost in a book, and soon she knew that creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing that she could do. To that end, she pursued her study of literature and writing, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. She has now had over thirty stories published between eleven different publishers.  In May, 2011, Kiki was chosen as an Ohioana Book Festival author for her novel, Torn Asunder. She's also had three flash fiction stories win writing contests. In the fall of 2013, her latest novel, Hidden Salem, made the Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers Lists in 3 categories: Paranormal, Suspense and Ghosts.

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