Last month I was contacted by author Rosemary Claire Smith, one of my fellow students at Taos Toolbox 2013. She very graciously invited me to participate in a blog tour to help readers discover new writers. If you like dinosaurs, love stories, and adventure, she’s someone to watch. Find her online at rosemaryclairesmith.com.
And now, here are some things that you might find interesting:
What am I working on?
Lots of things. I’m always looking for ideas for cool short-stories as well as novels. My novels-in-progress include one about the anti-Hogwarts, one about vampires in space, and a couple of NSFW ones that I hope to publish under my pen name. I have two novels out for queries to publishers and agents right now; one is a middle-grade story about a girl with an unconventional family, and one asks the question, “what do girls like Buffy do after they save the world?”
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I like to think that I differentiate myself with three things:
Why do I write what I do?
A combination of curiosity, planning, and wish-fulfillment. I’m told that I over-plan everything, that I’m not spontaneous. That’s not entirely true, but it’s not entirely false. Sometimes I write stories because I want to know what it would be like to do thing x, thing y, or thing z; I read, research, and write… until I have the answers I’m seeking. Then I try to make real life fit the story. It doesn’t always work, but sometimes I’m successful.
And sometimes I just see something cool online and it becomes a story. Like that picture floating around Facebook of the list of chores where the three grounded kids can earn “points”, and when they reach 200 points they’re un-grounded. That led to a 6500-word YA-focused fantasy piece about a witch.
How does my writing process work?
I can only write when I’m supposed to be doing something else. Working, cleaning, editing, recording, shopping… as long as I’m not supposed to be writing, I’m writing. It’s kind of annoying, actually. But sometimes I can just sit down and get it done. If I’m in the mood.
I’m what’s called a “pantser” — I sit down and write, and go back and fix the problem areas later. My manuscripts are littered with [square brackets], which I use to remind myself that something needs to go there — a detail, some research, whatever. I write in a linear fashion, too, and if you read my work you can see where I abridge things because I want to get to a certain scene.
For short-stories, I might make a few notes. For novels, I usually write a couple of chapters and then go back and make an outline; occasionally I’ll write a one-page list of bullet-points and use that instead.
Meet more writers:
As part of the blog tour, I’m going to recommend three more writers that you should check out. In alphabetical order:
Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to check out Jonathan, Beau, and Terra!
(PS: I’m terrible at self-promotion, but if you like Christmas stories, you might like Secret Santa, which is available for only 99 cents from Amazon.)
(PPS: I know the post title says “again”, but this is my first blog hop. It was too good a bad pun not to make.)