I was tagged by the lovely Laekan Zea Kemp on her blog to take part in a blog hop to help connect and promote indie authors. Laekan is the author of three novels: Breathing Ghosts, Orphans of Paradise (which I’ve reviewed here) and The Things They Didn’t Bury.
So I’ve answered four questions about my work and my writing process. Here they are:
What am I working on?
I’m currently working on my second novel with the working title Reunion. It’s a romance, about a young woman who’s invited to her school reunion and what happens to her while she’s there and afterwards. She has very unhappy memories of her school days so it’s a difficult thing for her to do and she’s only gone along because her best friend, who was also at the school, has encouraged her.
How does my work differ from others in the genre?
A lot of romantic novels I’ve read have been romantic comedies. This definitely isn’t one. My character goes through a great deal during the course of the novel. I don’t give her an easy time of it!! I think the romance genre is very broad and there’s a lot of scope for how to tell a romantic story. It doesn’t have to be just romance with comedy or romance with erotica, there are many ways a romantic story can unfold.
Why do I write what I do?
I enjoy writing whatever I feel like at the time. Having said that I’m finding that in general when writing, it’s a good idea to think about genre and which one your story fits into and to try and tailor it to that. My first novel, The Inheritance, doesn’t really fit that easily into any one genre which has made it a bit problematic for me to market. So for me, I feel that writing romance is something that my style lends itself to. And I’m trying to write for that genre at the moment.
How does my writing process work?
I start off by making a fairly detailed plan – but I seem to end up not sticking to it! Or at least I stick to the essence of my original plan, but veer from it quite a lot. The story often goes off on a tangent and I find myself exploring whole other situations and possibilities. I definitely have an idea in my head of the basic plot though and more or less know how it’s going to end.
I’m now tagging the lovely Jade Reyner who’s the author of Twelve Days – The Beginning and the upcoming Twelve Days – The Future. She’s a fantastic author and her blog is excellent with plenty of helpful information and humour about the writing process. She also posts short stories and some poetry, so go check her out.