Veronica Scott tagged me to do this meme, and so here I am. ;P
1) What am I working on?
Right now I’ve got a LOT on my plate writing-wise. I’m gathering cover art, doing edits, formatting and uploading to get three of my books out by the end of the year. I’m also working on a second book in my Stage Kiss series. The second book will be set around a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. 😀
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Well, I quote Shakespeare in my work more than most of the other romance writers I know. lol. But seriously, folks, one of my big mission statements for my work is to try to do what other writers in the genre are not. I try to push boundaries with characterization and plots.
I also make it a goal to have diverse casts so everything isn’t the usual white-wash that you see in a lot of the genre.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I started writing contemporary romances because it is such a fun genre to play around in. Jennifer Crusie is basically my idol. She has such strong characters, funny dialogue, brilliant plots and generally all-around excellent romance novels. That’s what I’m aiming for. (Whether I make it there or not, we’ll see. But still: shoot for the stars and all that, right? ;p)
4) How does your writing process work?
It’s a mess. LOL. Usually I do about a week of brainstorming ahead of time. For me that involves making the playlist, organizing a Pinterest board of inspirational images, and making a Cast chart with pictures to help me picture the cast as a whole. (The people are just placeholders to give me a jumping off point. They quickly become they’re own selves once I start writing.) And making the cast chart helps me with the whole diversity thing.
Usually somewhere in this brainstorming process the characters start talking to me. I’ll jot down odd, out of order bits of dialogue and scene ideas as they come to me, but once I sit down to write I pretty much write my chronological way through the plot doing a “Don’t Look Down” draft. Which means I just try to let the words come and fight my natural instinct to go back to tinker with stuff. Sometimes I do have to do a full stop and go back to write the beginning so I can press forward. Once I have a draft down I let it sit for a month and work on something else. After that I go back and do a red-pen edit on paper. When that’s done it goes to the beta readers. After I get their notes I do another editing pass myself. Or two. When I feel like it’s pretty close to being done done I read it out loud to myself to make sure stuff is flowing well (this is also a great way to catch typos!). And when it’s really done I start the next project and the whole process starts all over again! ^_^