Monday, March 3, 2014

My Writing Process

The author, Tammie Clarke Gibbs, invited me to participate in this blog hop tour and answer these questions about my writing process:

About My Writing Procedure

1. What am I working on? 
I don't have the cover for it, yet, but I'm currently working on the third - and what I hope will be final - book in the Finding My Escape book series. Finding My Escape follows the story of Hannah Jordan who walks in to find her parents brutally murdered. As Hannah's story progresses, she quickly learns that not everything is what it seems. In the third story, she'll come up against one of the biggest challenges she's faced in her life when she has to make a major decision that goes against her deepest desire. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll stop there.

You can read excerpts of the Finding My Escape and Finding My Way Back here.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre? That's really a loaded question because there's a lot of YA Paranormal out there. I guess my book is a little different in that instead of the characters themselves having supernatural powers, they are drawn into an alternate universe that has supernatural powers. Of course, some of that changes in book 3, when the supernatural powers leak into the real world. But nope. That's all I'm saying about that! 

3. Why do I write what I do? Interestingly, I started writing YA because, at the time, I had an eleven-year-old so in my mind, I've always written for her. Of course, my daughter isn't a huge reader, and to her, I'm just mom so she's usually reading something from one of those other YA authors! (We're often reading the same books.) Now I write YA because it's my absolutely favorite genre. I love writing about young people who are on the cusp of discovering who they are.

4. How does your writing process work? How much time do you have? Seriously, I tend to spend a lot of time in the plotting phase of my writing, but it only takes about two or three months to get the story written. Loose ends make me nervous. I like to have a clear idea of where the story is going and how it's going to end. I find I meander too much if I don't.

I am tagging Lee Mossel to tell you about his writing process. I'm VERY jealous of Lee at the moment because he just finished his third book, sequel to The Murder Prospect and The Talus Scope. I'm knee deep in The Murder Prospect at the moment, and you can watch for a review in the next few days. I'm expecting a twist.

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