What is a Writer’s Blog Tour? Hmm… here’s what I know: I received an invitation from Callie Hunter to participate in this blog tour. Callie Hunter is a very talented writer, in addition to being a lovely young woman. So I was happy to jump on board when she asked me to take part. I love the concept of so many writers sharing their love of the written word, hearing how they work through their writing process, and supporting other writers.
You can find Callie and her blog at http://calliehunter.wordpress.com . I’m pretty sure you’ll love her as much as I do!
I can’t wait to read what Callie and so many other wonderful authors have to say about writing. Here’s what I have to say about it:
1. What am I working on?
A: Because I always more than one iron in the fire, I am finishing the editing on Redemption, which will be published this month, while drafting my next book, Exploits. Redemption will conclude my Desire Never Dies trilogy. In it we meet movie star Earl Grayson and the woman he loves, pop singer Mindy LePage. Those of you who’ve read Gossip know this pairing was hinted at near the end of the book. Earl’s quest to save the woman he loves from a psychotic rehab facility involves all of the major players from the previous two books, Gratification and Gossip. And look for more than one character to be redeemed.
After the publication of Redemption, I will continue work on my next series, Sex and Secrets. Exploits will launch this series, where either the heroine or the hero is hiding a secret that stands in the way of their happily-ever-after. Look for danger to ensue, along with a few hot and steamy moments and a bit of soul searching before our lovers realize they cannot live without each other.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
A: Romantic suspense always combines the elements of romance with a dash of danger, and my books do that as well. Unlike the typical category books, however, mine are usually as focused on the suspense as they are on the romance. I write mainstream fiction with a more realistic feel and feature some characters with a bit of an edge. I also like to tackle heavier topics, such as abuse and exploitation, that are not typically found in romance novels. You can also expect my books to feature a sprinkling of glitz and glamour, juxtaposed with some of the seedier elements of life.
3. Why do I write what I do?
A: I find myself continually drawn to the themes of redemption and the deceptive nature of appearances. Because I’m a real romantic at heart and because I also love mystery and suspense, these elements show up in my writing, wrapped in a nice package of romantic suspense. The stories I tell are ones that build inside me until I’m forced to tell them. It’s just my own unique way of looking at the world, I suppose.
4. How does my writing process work?
A: I usually start with the romance. The first thing I know about any story I write is who the hero and heroine are, and what’s keeping them apart, (both internally and externally). The external obstacles are where the danger/suspense creeps into the story, and the internal conflicts are where my themes tend to show up.
I don’t plot everything out stringently. Usually I have just enough of the story in my head to get me started writing it, while leaving enough room to allow the story to develop on its own as I tell it.
I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing a little about my writing process. Be sure to read more about writing next Monday, when three of my favorite authors/people, will be blogging about their own writing journey.
B.A. Wilson lives in the middle of nowhere, Missouri. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Tourism, that took her further from her dreams of writing and a Masters of Science in Library Science and Information Services, which brought her so much closer. Wilson is too short for her weight, too nocturnal for her day job, and way too liberal for her small town.
Sophia Valentine is an author, blogger, book reviewer, and newspaper features writer. She is currently working on her debut novel. Originally from England, she left her career in Law for the excitement of sunny Spain. She has resumed her lifelong passion of writing books, usually from a pool or beach bar. She also loves sunbathing at private villa’s drinking a Cosmopolitan, shopping, holidaying, and socialising.
Janie E.M. Storer was born in Essex, England in 1976 and qualified as a nurse in 1998. She did well at school and university despite during her early years being told she would never learn to read or write well. By The last year of junior school she had read the ENTIRE school library of books, including the full unabridged version of Lorna Doon. At age 11 she was given a book by her teacher at school, called Daddy Long Legs, and this became a firm favourite, along with Pollyanna and inspired her to write. Janie loves the classic books as well as science fiction and crime / murder mysteries, she also has a love of crafts such as knitting, crochet, quilting, cross stitch and jewellery.
Have an amazing day!