Ouch! I’ve been TAGGED. Actually, it only hurts when I think. A few days ago, the effervescent and talented romantic suspense author Dana Mason selected me for the Tag, You’re It Blog Hop.
This is supposed to be an easy one, just answer 4 questions and then tag 3 others. But, naturally, I had to twist, turn, and overthink the questions first.
What are you working on right now? I answered this one in my last post. I’m working on two books. Or I was until I stopped to do some research for my women’s fiction novel and got side-tracked by old family photos and swapping family history with a couple of my cousins. But it’s all good. The more juicy details I stuff into my brain, the more my Muse has to work with.
How does it differ from other work in its genre? Well, the women’s fiction novel is set in the 70s, but it’s not historical fiction because its main focus isn’t on any issue specific to that decade. It’s about relationships—surprise! It’s about having to lose everything you want, to get what you need.
The other book, the paranormal horror love story (new genre?), is plot heavy, but character-driven, so that’s a bit different.
Why do you write? My reason for writing is not because I’d die if I couldn’t. I could regress to making up stories only in my head. But it’s more fun to share them. Unfortunately, it’s also terrifying to share them. So if the terror starts outweighing the fun, I’ll go back to keeping them to myself.
How does your writing process work? In two words: organized chaos. I could probably be diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, so besides my heavily annotated main manuscript file, I create dozens of little files containing research notes, what-if plot change notes, cut bits, character notes, bits of dialogue that come to me before I’m ready to write the scene, descriptions of scenes from the movie version that plays in my head, and more, more, more. (You’ll notice I didn’t mention an outline.) As I work, I might have six of those files and three research websites open. And yet, in the end, I manage to get all the words down and arranged in pretty decent order.
And yes, I know about writing software like Scrivener. I tried a demo version, but all that organization stifled me. Maybe I’ll give it another try someday.
Okay, now I have to tag three authors, so eenie meenie minee moe, I choose: