Thanks to Mikey Brooks http://writtenbymikey.blogspot.com for starting up this blog tour, and to Stacey Lynn Carroll http://www.stacylynncarroll.com/ for inviting me be a part of it! By following the links, it’s a great way to discover new authors for children and young adults. Feel free to browse and get to know them. As part of the tour, Mikey asked us all to answer these four questions.
1. What are you working on right now?
I am working on a vampire spoof, The Raven (a musical), a romantic comedy about (surprise, surprise) the misadventures of dating, AND a novella that’s part Regency romance/ part Greek Mythological action adventure—it’s for an anthology with Sherry Gammon and Cindy C Bennett.
2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?
The YA fantasy book is going to be purely correspondence and I REALLY hope I can pull that off. “The Raven”—well, it’s a musical and I get to throw in a lot of fantasy, which is a little different for musicals. The regency romance has been difficult because it’s like writing in a different language and since I’m throwing in some mystical elements, it’ll be a little Jane Austen and Zombies—so not the typical regency. And the romantic comedy?—it’ll be quite stereotypical actually BUT for me it won’t be because it will take place in a business setting instead of a college setting.
3. Why do you write what you do?
I find life so funny, so I love writing about people in hilarious situations—I have NO idea why I have to stick so many of my characters in such fantastical settings though. It’s probably because my brain is always going crazy with ideas and possibilities.
4. How does your writing process work?
I’m a huge brainstormer and outliner. My outlines end up being bigger than my actual novels. I divide up my chapters with their own synopsis and with possible scenes and conversations and then I plow through my chapters that way. After I have a draft that I’m comfortable with, I distribute it to my friends who love to read what I write—they give me lots of advice. I edit, edit, edit, and then give it to an editor who will catch all my horrible mistakes. I attempt to fix all those mistakes and then read it again for typos. AND finally, I am ready to throw it out to the big wide world to read. My biggest obstacle to my writing is figuring out a way to turn off the Internet—but I just can’t figure out where the “off” button is.
For more author interviews, be sure to check out my author friends below. They will continue the blog tour next week on Monday, September 2 while they answer the same questions. Enjoy!