A few weeks ago my fellow blogging buddy and author Vashti Quiroz-Vega tagged me in a Writing Process Blog Hop. She graciously featured my picture and a teaser for my novel, Acting On Her Behalf. You can see the post here on her blog.
Vashti is the author of a suspense thriller titled The Basement. You can find it here on Amazon. She consistently produces new content with fictional short stories featuring fantasy, horror, and suspense. Check her out!
There are 3 rules for the Writing Process Blog Hop if tagged:
- Answer the four questions below.
- Link back to the person who invited you to the Blog Hop.
- Name a few writers who will continue this Blog Hop and notify them.
1. What are you working on?
I am currently working on an untitled mystery/suspense novel that will feature characters from my first book, Acting On Her Behalf. It will be primarily set in Louisiana.
2. How does your work differ from others in the genre?
I love creating dialogue. That is the core of my stories. I don’t spend a lot of time on describing indoor and outdoor scenery. I like to get right to the essence of what is going on with the characters.
3. Why do you write what you write?
Jackie Collins and Sidney Sheldon are two of my favorite authors. When I was old enough, my mother who is a big fan of them passed their books on to me. What she didn’t know is I had been sneaking peeks at them for years. LOL. Their characters were strong heroines who lived glamorous lifestyles and threw caution to the wind. And there was always a twist that you never saw coming. I am also a big fan of James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series. My stories are written in that same style: fast paced, suspenseful, page turning, quick reads. I write about the same things that I love to read about. My first lesson in writing was to write about what you know.
4. How does your writing process work?
I begin with writing backstory for the main characters. I take bits and pieces from people that I know or want to create. In my twenties, I did a lot of temp work for various industries. So I have seen a lot of peculiarities and idiosyncrasies that make for great fiction. I then create an outline for how I would like a story to unfold. Then I go back and plug in the chapter writing. I do a LOT of editing–probably too much. I would love to get a handle on that. I also say the dialogue out loud to make sure it sounds true to the character. And I do extensive research to create authentic scenarios.
Authors that I am tagging:
Kenya G. Johnson at Live Laugh Blog
I did a feature on Kenya a couple of weeks ago for my 5 Questions With… series. You can read that here. Kenya is the author of The Christopher Chronicles based on the hilarious things that her young son has said. She is currently working on sequel installments for it.
Reginia Cordell at Poised In Print
This author of Linden Avenue, an e-book novella, has been traveling the world. In addition to her book, you should check out her site to see the beautiful places and sights she has encountered.
Laina Turner at The Art of Living Fabulously
I have had the pleasure of writing weekly contributing posts for Laina’s blog for the last few months. She has written over 20 books and counting. Mystery, romance, and chick-lit series are her specialties. Click here for a list of her works.
I hope you enjoyed learning about these authors and will visit their sites to learn more about their work.