I was delighted to be invited to join the Romance Writing Process Blog Hop. A new friend of mine, Claire Gem, from the Yahoo group, Romance Critique Group asked if I’d be interested in participating and I jumped at the opportunity, my first time. 🙂
Claire has a book coming soon, Phantom Traces (about a match-making ghost), from Soul Mate Publishing. You can contact Claire through Twitter, , or her blog, http://www.clairegem.com/blog.html
Okay, here comes the scary part. I have four questions to answer.
1) What am I working On?
I currently have three books on the go. The first, Tidal Falls, is done at 78,000 words, I’m working on the final revisions with plans to launch this fall with a Goodreads giveaway and some awesome prize packs, so stay tuned for that. 🙂
The second one is about halfway done, and the third is a novella. All three are part of a series set around the fictional town of Tidal Falls, set in the Pacific northwest. I’ve named the series, Wounded Hearts.
These books deal with men and women who have been hurt by people they trusted, and now have a hard time believing they can have a HEA.
They are romantic suspense stories with the emphasis on romance.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I believe what makes a great romance is the push, pull of attraction between a man and a woman. In romantic suspense stories this is complicated by external conflicts that keep the story moving along to a satisfying conclusion. Where my stories differ is that I emphasize that attraction. The interactions between my main characters are the fuel that feed the story, also moving it along to a satisfying conclusion, (and hopefully taking down the bad guy :))
3)Why do I write what I do?
I’ve read romance novels for as long as I can remember. I used to wait every month for the mailman to deliver that box of dreams from Harlequin. I was twelve at the time. My mom didn’t have any problem with me reading them, as long as I got up for school in the morning.
I haunted our second-hand bookstore, on the lookout for my favorite authors, Margaret Way, Violet Winspear, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Janet Dailey, to name a few. Then as I grew my tastes did too, and I began to look for funny, quirky romances. Enter, Jennifer Crusie, (still an all-time favorite) Rachel Gibson, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. From there I moved to suspense. Iris Johansen, Elizabeth Lowell, Karen Robards, Karen Rose, and of course, the queen, Suzanne Brockmann.
If I can ever write half as good as these amazing women, I’ll consider myself a success.
4)How does my writing process work?
I wish I could say I’m one of those people that get up at the crack of dawn and write two thousand words by noon. I’m not.
I usually start out my day #1 with a big mug of coffee, 🙂 and then I go through my e-mails, answering or doing critiques, reading the postings on whichever class I’m taking at the moment, and catching up on the latest news in the industry.Then I do my social media networking.
After that it’s time to take a break and do some stretching. Take my mom for coffee, or work a little in the yard.
Then it’s onto my edits for the afternoon. When my eyes start crossing, I move to one of my WIP’s and try to get down a scene or two. I’m still learning what works for me. It’s a process, but I’m having the time of my life, and that’s what counts. 🙂
Whew, that wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, lol.
The next author to get the honor of chatting with you is, Sylvie Grayson. She’s a good friend of mine from our local RWA chapter, and critique group. I know you’ll like her as much as I do. She’ll be posting through my blog next Monday, June 16. Any comments you’d like to share with her can be sent via her e-mail address at the bottom of this post. Please give her a warm welcome.
Sylvie Grayson was born in British Columbia, Canada. She has lived most of her life in that province in spots ranging from Vancouver Island on the coast to the North Peace River country and the Kootenays in the beautiful interior. She spent a one year sojourn in Tokyo Japan.
She has been an English language instructor, a nightclub manager, an auto shop bookkeeper and many other professions. She found her niche at university and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Doctorate f Law. Now she works part time as the owner of a small company, and writes when she can.
She is a wife and mother and still loves to travel, having recently completed a trip to Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam and Hong Kong. The east is still calling. She lives on the Pacific coast with her husband on a small patch of land near the ocean that they call home. She prefers her stories to be full of tension and attraction and writes romantic suspense and fantasy. Her next release is Suspended Animation, out this fall of a hockey player who gets pulled home to deal with a family crisis only to find the business is broke and a young woman claims they owe her money.
You can reach Sylvie at firstname.lastname@example.org