I got tagged! That means I’ve got to answer four questions and tag three fellow authors in my blogging community. In turn, they get to do the same. Now that makes me feel better…getting someone else to share the burden. This is a great way of supporting each other as authors by helping our works get a little bit more attention out there, wherever there is.
First let me thank Kev, who tagged me. Have a visit to his site, his writing, and his books. They don’t disappoint: http://kevs-domain.net/2014/02/09/omg-i-got-tagged/
What are you currently working on?
His Name Was Ben, is my second book. It’s a love story between two people who met in their oncologist’s office and developed a life changing relationship. It’s based on a real couple I worked with and had the honor of writing a short story about while in college. It won a national award and was published. This book is an expansion of their story into a full length novel. Although it involves a couple with terminal illness, it’s a story about life and hope, about change, about what’s possible, and what real love is–and the power it has over one’s health and very life.
How does your work differ from others in the same genre?
I don’t know that genre to genre one can claim great differences other than the uniqueness each author brings to their work, what is personal to them. I see a lot of myself appear in the various characters that I write about, a lot of my flaws, and in that I learn more about the make up of the characters, and myself.
Why do you write what you do?
The first thing that comes to mind, is that the writing does itself. I don’t know that I can really put my finger on why I wrote, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, or why I am now into the third rewrite with my editor on, His Name Was Ben, but these ideas come and with them comes a chemistry that moves me, a passion that directs me, and my hand hits the keys. I have to have an interest, something that propels me into liking the story, and not doing it just to write or claim to be a writer. I’m not limited to any specific genre, for it’s the story that grabs me, moves me, and holds me to the process, not the genre. In all this there is a deep love and gratitude that I enjoy the journey for it’s in the traveling day-by-day that I experience and live with the benefits, wherever that may take me or the story.
How does my writing process work?
I sit down and write. I just do it. Sometimes it flows. Sometimes it’s work. But, if I don’t make myself sit down and write then nothing happens. I’m a morning person. I grab my cup of tea/coffee, sit my butt down, and there it goes. As far as structure, I usually have an idea of the storyline but that can change once I sit and write. The first writing is a vomit out, of start (theme & character intro), middle (conflict), ending (resolution and wrap up loose ends). Then I read it through and do the self-editing, cut cut cut, before sending it to my editor, beta readers, etc.
You’ve been tagged:
The rules of this tag are to answer the following four writing questions, and then tag three other authors. Next week these three authors will answer the same questions and tag three others, and so the chain continues to grow larger. This will enable readers to get to know more authors and their books. It will also allow everyone to get to know these authors a little better.
Lorna Lee’s book, How Was I Supposed to Know, was a great and important read. Honestly written, sociology Professor Lorna Lee, pours her life of addiction and dysfunctional relationships onto the page with a depth that grabs and holds the reader to the page and to the soul of it’s author. I loved this book.
Jeri Walker-Bickett’s, Popular Poe Stories in Plain English, was masterfully written. Writing about the father of the modern day thriller, she does a beautiful job of interpretative writing that was more enjoyable to this reader than the original, which is to compare her to Edgar Allan Poe. Not only is she a superb writer she also works as an editor and writing consultant. A visit to her site will not disappoint. http://jeriwb.com/published-books/
Jean-Jaques Fournier’s, Issues of Black and White, is a book of poetry at its best. The words, delicately and intelligently chosen, on the pages of his book take the reader into what it is to be human, wounds, joys, with nothing in between left out. It’s hard to pick out just one of his books for they all expand and capture so much and from these pages the reader learns, and opens. http://fournierjj.wordpress.com/books/