What are you working on now?So right now I'm working on a series of novellas with paranormal elements. It's a trilogy about sisters who are descendants of the Salem witches, very fun. I'm also in the middle of two other series--Steampunk and Regency.
Why do you write what you do?
I love my job! Had someone told me as a kid that I would one day write for a living, I would have been over the moon happy. I've been a reader all my life, devouring mysteries and romances by the dozen. And now that's what I write. I love coming up with stories that will take the reader on a mini vacation and leave her in a great place. I think one of the elements of my writing that sets me apart a bit from others is my love of a good setting and my efforts to make it feel very real without overpowering the story.
How does your writing process work?When I write, I have a fairly predictable routine that's kind of pseudo-organized. I brainstorm, outline, do character sketches, and research settings and time periods. I like to go into the project with a pretty solid base so I don't feel like I'm floundering around in the dark. I do often stray from my outline and end up restructuring it, but I like it being a fluid document that I can alter according to the way the story progresses.
As the process continues, I track things like word count and point of view, and I also write a brief (BRIEF) summary of each chapter so I can flip back through my notes to see what happened where, and make sure future elements will make sense with timelines, etc.
So that's my approach to writing in a small nutshell. I love it with all my heart and when my kids ask me what I'd be if I could be "anything in the world," I tell them I'd be a writer. In that, I feel very blessed. I get to do what I love and have the support of a wonderful family and friends.
So now I'm going to tag Christine Kersey! I've known Christine for a long time, and she's awesome. And smart! And she tells a darn good story. :-)