by Terri Lyndie
My Writing Process is an ongoing blog hop where a writer answers four basic questions about their writing process and then is asked to pass the baton to two more authors. I was invited by author Susan Ward. Please visit her page and discover a fresh new voice at http://www.susanwardbooks.com/.
My Writing Process in 4 Answers
What am I working on?
I am writing WOLF EYE ALIBI, the sequel to WOLF EYE SLY and the second book of my Wolf Eye Lighthouse Series. The series takes place in the fictional town of Wolf Eye in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The stories center upon an old lighthouse that has stood upon a rocky point along the shores of Lake Superior since 1870. The genre is romantic comedy, and I am having quite a bit of fun writing ALIBI. The town is full of eccentric characters, and there is one particular scoundrel that, although he is the villain of the town, is also my target for humorous situations. Each book ties in with the last and there is a mystery woven throughout the series. I am enjoying writing Alibi so much that I often wake up laughing in the middle of the night over plot ideas.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I have been an avid reader of the romance genre since the 1970’s and I have read many authors of both historical and contemporary romance. My work differs from others in the genre in that, although my series is contemporary, readers often tell me it feels like a historical romance. The town is old-fashioned, the local customs are quaint, and my hero Jamie Lord has many similarities of a wealthy landowner from the Victorian era. Interestingly, this blending of the old with the new allows me to use creative license and the result is quite unique. In a future book in my series I plan to jump back in time and tell the love story that is a legacy for the future characters. A romance occurred in the past that is the root of the mystery that remains in the future.
Why do I write what I do?
Romance makes my heart sing. I love romantic songs, and I find romantic movies extremely entertaining. In the 1980’s I was captivated watching the banter and sexual tension between Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis in the television series, “Moonlighting.” I adore romantic Cary Grant movies. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman starred in a historical romance movie, “Far and Away,” and I still sigh at the ending although I have watched it a dozen times. Drew Barrymore in “Never Been Kissed” is a prime example of the type of plots I like to write. As I write my endings I can hear the music playing just like when Drew's character, Josie, is kissed in the stadium by Sam while the crowd cheers. I am laughing as I share that, but it is so true.
How does my writing process work?
I believe that true writing happens during re-writing. I have never written any prose that could not be improved upon the next day when I took a cold look at it. I try to write every day, without fail. I find that if too much time lapses between creative writing sessions I tend to lose self-confidence and “get out of the groove.” By writing every day, first thing in the morning, with my coffee cup beside me and while sitting in my comfortable chair, I settle quickly into a productive day of writing and I am the better for it.
So, that’s my writing process! Next I pass the baton to these accomplished writers:
Salem Archer, author of Moondance in Red http://www.salemarcher.com Salem Archer recently released her debut romance novel, Moondance in Red. Born and raised in western North Carolina, she still lives in her home town with her husband and one spoiled little dog. She earned her master’s degree in English literature from Appalachian State University, and has worked in varying fields—everything from construction to education. She says, “Writing satisfies a primal need in me to create. In hindsight, I realize I’ve always been a writer. I’ve got countless songs and poems tucked away in notebooks, and who knows how many novels I’ve started. For a long time, I was just too scared to put myself out there. But, after much introspection, I came to the conclusion that life is too short to hide my writing away in my underwear drawer. An Emily Dickinson, I am not! Besides, I need more room for my bras.” Salem is currently working on the second book of her Moondance Trilogy.
Rachel Blaufeld is a social worker/entrepreneur/blogger turned author. Fearless about sharing her opinion, Rachel captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for The Huffington Post, Modern Mom, and StartupNation.
Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end lusciously.
Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs. Her obsessions include running, coffee, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.
Please visit Salem and Rachel’s websites on July 14th for the continuation of our blog hop!