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”.
You can find out more about Christy at her website www.christycarlyle.com and her web design at www.gildedheartdesign.com.
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.
Eve Simon is a debut author with Secret Cravings Publishing. Her first release Waking Up Lori should be available soon.