Sunday, September 14, 2014

It's a blog hop!

I've been tagged in a blog hop by Josi Kilpack, one of my best buds and a dang wonderful author. Several authors are participating in this hop as a way to reconnect with readers and writers--kind of like catching up with old friends. Many of us used to blog quite regularly and FB, Twitter, and Instagram seem to have killed the blog. It's nice to revisit! So here we go!

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. :-)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Altered Perceptions: Very cool, and a worthy cause!

So a friend of mine, Robison Wells, is a very gifted writer and all-around nice guy. He has a beautiful family and a very sweet dog. He suffers from multiple mental illnesses, and has debilitating issues that have stressed his family financially to the breaking point.

I'm pleased to announce that I get to be part of an anthology written by a collection of authors to raise funds for this little family. I'm sharing print space with some amazing people! The authors contributing to the anthology, Altered Perceptions, are:

Brodi Ashton
Annette Lyon
Sarah Eden
Luisa Perkins
J. Scott Savage
Ally Condie
Jennifer Moore
Nancy Campbell Allen
Josi Kilpack
Jessica Day George
Larry Correia
Kiersten White
Brandon Mull
Erin Bowman
Bree Despain
Shannon Hale
Sara Zarr
Aprilynne Pike
Claudia Gray
Lauren Oliver
SJ Kincaid
Seanan McGuire
Carrie Jones
Dan Wells
Rob Wells
Brandon Sanderson
Mary Robinette Kowal
Howard & Sandra Tayler

Awesome company, right? And the theme of the anthology is kind of like a "deleted scenes" thing. Or "bonus scenes." My contribution is a bonus scene from my gothic steampunk romance, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast. The scene was so much fun to write, and is in the point of view of a character who is actually a ghost in the novel itself. The bonus chapter details her last living moments and provides a lead-in to the story. Spooky and wonderful!

So this is the link to the Altered Perceptions: 

There are some awesome perks that come along with certain dollar donations, but even just $1 makes a difference! Please contribute if you can, or buy the book! You will love it.