The lovely and uber-talented Åsa Maria Bradley tagged me in the Writing Process Blog Tour that has overtaken the internet (well, at least the romance authors blog’s at least). My fellow victims, er tagE’s are the prose-blessed and my IECRWA chapter sister, Tana Essary, and one of my new favorite authors, Julie Brannagh, who pens The Love and Football Series. Have you checked out the Seattle Sharks yet?
Speaking of Åsa Maria Bradley, did you know she’s a Golden Heart Finalist this year? Yes, way! Her paranormal, VALHALLA’S KING is up for this prestigious award. She writes paranormal romance featuring Vikings and Valkyries who fight to save humanity from Ragnarök—the gods’ and goddesses’ final battle and the end of the world. She grew up in Sweden, surrounded by archeology and history steeped in Norse mythology. Her essays and articles have appeared in a variety of magazines and the anthology FEMALE NOMAD AND FRIENDS: TALES OF BREAKING FREE AND BREAKING BREAD AROUND THE WORLD (Three River Press, Random House). She lives in Washington State with her British husband and a used dog of indeterminate breed. Visit her at www.AsaMariaBradley.com.
ps – Along with New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti, she’ll be presenting a workshop at RWA’s San Antonio conference this July: Untie Your Tongue: How to Lead Successful Workshops and Author Events with Confidence.
What am I currently working on?
After finishing my very first book, HEART OF THE BRETHREN, a paranormal suspense, I had a real desire to NOT write the second book in this planned three book series. I had a hot contemporary burning a hole in my heart, begging to be written. It’s a sports romance. The star pitcher has issues and the new team owner hires a psychologist to help our hero get his groove back and start winning some games again. And of course my heroine is the doc hired for the job and sparks fly. I just love the characters and I’m putting some twists on the old trope-o-meter. I will be pitching it next month at RWA14.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think it’s still too early in the game for me to say how I really stand out. I’m still learning the ropes; the ins and outs of this ever changing biz. I have a strong voice and it carries over into the heroines I write. They are not push-overs and are probably more alpha then most men prefer, but that’s what keeps my hero’s on their best behavior and with smiles on their faces 😉
Why do I write what I write?
I love reading all romance genres, but it’s always the story, the characters that draw me in. The setting or the heat level or genre really don’t matter as much to me as the voices in my head begging to come out and play. If they talk to me, I’ll write their story whether it ends up being a sci-fi rom or a steamy contemporary.
How does my individual writing process work?
Well, I flew by the seat of my pants for the first one. I took a ton of on line workshops and listened to the wonderful advice of the published authors in my local RWA chapter. Towards the end of writing the first book I felt I had no sense of completion and I was no longer in love with the novel. I just wanted to hurl it across the room. But I didn’t because it’s trapped inside my laptop and that would just be stupid. So with my second book, I’ve changed up my routine. I’ve plotted and written down questions I wanted answered in each chapter. This has helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel as I find I write better if I have a clear direction, the hook I want each chapter to end on. I also do quite a bit of pen on paper. In the initial excitement of writing my first draft, I find my mind works better if I’m not hung up on making typos or what the words look like on screen. I then transcribe what I’ve written (scribbled) and often times I end up adding to my word count; enhancing the scene I frantically wrote down in my notebook. I also find it easier to add the needed layers of setting and conflict this way.
I’m still tweaking and searching for what works best for me. I’m also hopelessly addicted to on-line workshops and at my peak, took three in the same week. Never again. It was like having a brain freeze each time I opened my laptop! I’ve learned to pace myself. I’ll be attending my first Nationals in San Antonio this year, I hope to see you there!
Thank you for joining me today and I hope you check out Åsa, Tana’s and Julie’s blogs as well. If you’d like to see what my local chapter is all about, you can visit us here at: www.iecrwa.com. We will be hosting a one day conference next year, Power of the Pen, which will be held on March 7th, 2015 in Spokane, WA and right now we are seeking workshop proposals.