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. :-)


Annalisa said...

I love your routine Nancy. Such a good idea to keep brief chapter summary handy to review while writing. Happy writing!

Thank you,

Heidi said...

Hi Nancy, I'm excited to read your new release of My Fair Gentleman! Do you know when the kindle version will be available?

Thanks and good luck with your other projects! I've never read steampunk before, but your upcoming release with Shadow Mountain looks like a great one to start with. :)

Take care,

Paula Bass said...

Can you get Book 2 of Isabelle Webb The Pharaoh's Daughter on CD or MP3. The other 2 books in the series are on CD and I really would like to finish out the series in the same format.

Nancy Campbell Allen said...

Paula, here's a link to the Pharaoh's Daughter audio book on the publisher's website--I hope it helps!

Nancy Campbell Allen said...

Heidi, I don't know if you'll even see this, but I clearly need to check this blog more often. My Fair Gentleman is available on Kindle, but you probably know that by now. I'm so sorry to be this long in responding!

The Queen said...

Looking forward to steampunk #2 :)