I was asked to take part in the blog hop by historical and mystery author as well as cover designer Christy Carlyle. Her debut novella, Scandalous Wager, a white chapel wagers novella, was released last month and is getting reviews that proclaim it “Mouthwateringly good” and “An atmospheric tale full of passion”.
Be sure to pick up a copy of Scandalous Wager at Amazon where it is on sale for 99 cents.
You can see how Christy answered her questions about her writing process last week here: http://romancingthevictorians.blogspot.com/2014/02/my-writing-process-blog-hop.html
So, here goes. Everything you ever wanted to know about my writing process but didn’t know you wanted to know.
What am I working on at the moment?
I’m slowly making progress with To Catch a Duke a full length historical novel that I should have had finished by now, but I took a little detour into contemporary land and I finished the Good Luck Series and tried to write a Christmas novella which fizzled out, but I still have hope for it yet. I believe there is a story there to be told and I will tell it when the time is right.
But you want to know more about To Catch a Duke. It is the sequel to my Christmas Time-travel Season of Love. The story of how Tabitha Devereaux (Jeremiah’s little sister) met and married Nicholas Larken a Duke.
How Does My Work Differ From Others of The Genre?
I write American based historical romances set prior to the Civil War. I try to weave in a little history and use real locations to flavor the story and make it a more appealing reading experience. I’m told I have a knack for reeling the reader into the story, hooking them so they don’t want to put the book down. My stories have a sweet, yet sensual appeal to them and if there is a love scene then it is wanted by the characters and not thrown in to sell the book.
Why do I write what I do?
I love historicals. I love the pre-civil war era. Why? Because I love the pageantry of the dress, the large plantation style houses, but not the slavery as you can tell by my characters in Because of Rebecca. I grew up watching Gone with the Wind with my grandmother and when there was a mini-series on television I watched The Blue and the Gray and John Jake’s North and South.
How Does Your Writing Process Work?
I’m not a plotter really. I’m more of a pantster since normally get an idea, a name, a place and a story forms from there. Sometimes all I have is a title that pops into my head. I try to write as much as possible on a story and normally the first three chapters come easy, then I reach that dreaded middle portion after you’ve set up the story and got the reader invested, then that is when I start thinking about plotting. Crazy I know since I should have thought about that from the start. It’s normally at this point I’ll do a GMC chart and start thinking about how to get my characters from point A to C because it’s the B that I’m unsure about.
Lately I’ve developed a pattern of seeing point C clearly so I’ll write that portion and then go back to where I left off in point A and write B to connect the two pieces of the story, editing, revising, and rewriting C if I need to end the story.
And now to the writers who I am inviting to the next stage of the My Writing Process Blog Hop:
Kate McKeever is a paranormal romance author and writes paranormal romance with a twist. Her first paranormal release debuted in October 2012 from Crescent Moon Press.
Fate Halligan is a Death Maiden, a woman who has spent her life training to help souls journey from life to the next level of existence. When her life is threatened, she must turn to a man she has been taught to view with caution. Caden Greene is a Soldier of Light, a man who will risk his life and more to save dying souls from being stolen and used for evil by the Obsidian Guard. As a team, Caden and Fate join forces and must make decisions about not only their lives, but the future of the very world they have loyally served.