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I’ve been asked by a friend and fellow author Vanessa Barger to join her in a My Writing Process Blog Tour. As a part of it, I’ll feature two authors who will in turn do their own blog about the writing process.

 

  1. What am I working on? Currently I’m writing the Legend of Me bk 2. It’s a fantasy w/horror and romance elements.
  2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? I try to have my own little twist on my characters’ reality—which I think every writer tries to do. I also love to add humorous situations, no matter what type of book I’m writing.
  3. Why do I write what I do? Because I love it. I love creating worlds and characters. To give readers at least somewhat of an escape from reality.
  4. How does your writing process work? Phew, this is a fun one to answer (LOL). Actually every story I write gets a notebook. In that notebook I do character sketches (like what they look like/personality traits/where they live/who their friends are/enemies etc). I also keep track of setting information, outline info, the back cover blurb, playlists, and any notes having to do with that particular story. I keep these notebooks throughout the whole writing process (from start to publication). That way if I have to look back at something, like let’s say a certain character’s eye color from book 1, I have it right there.

I generally do most of my writing during my lunch hours at work (except for when I’m on deadline—then I’ll use evenings and weekends). But yeah, that’s pretty much my writing process…

 Next week, two of my crit partners will be on board to tell you about their writing processes:

Kit Forbeshas been a lover of books, history, and all things paranormal for as long as she can remember. Characters are always the focus of her stories. Being true to them can sometimes mean unpredicatable turns of plot but that’s half the fun of writing (and reading).

Expect the unexpected is the best way she can think to sum things up.

Traci Kenworth has been enthralled with storytelling since she was old enough to string sentences together. She didn’t just play with her toys, she wrote scripts for them. In high school, teachers often thought the assignments she wrote she copied off the book jackets. She tends to write on the dark side as fiction goes. Ghouls, flesh-eaters, ghosts, and soul-stealers among others. All those spooky books she read influenced her. She’s created a world that spans from Ohio to Tennessee in which a culture comes together to fight evil, to make a stand when others look the other way. Everyone is important from young to old and pulls their own weight to keep things safe. She likes the idea of their unity, of the mixture of their heritages, of fighting back evil. They are strong, proud, savage when called for, and determined to win.

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OMG, you guys, I’m SO SO SO happy to announce that my crit partner Kit Forbes (Barb Sheridan) has a book deal w/Month9Books!!! SQUEEEE. So happy for her. So stop in and tell Kit  and her agent Emily Keyes congrats and see all the details:  http://kitforbes.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/its-official/

Her book is flipping awesome and I can’t wait for everyone else to read it. And I’m calling dibs on Mark before everyone else (LOL).

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Okay, so I’m SO SO SO excited for my crit partner Kit Forbes who just signed with an agent: Emily Keyes of the L. Perkins Agency. Seriously, Kit (aka Barb) has such an awesome story and I’ve been waiting anxiously for her to land an agent with this one (seriously LOVE this story).

So if you guys get the chance stop over and say congrats to the lovely Kit Forbes!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN  (or week of Halloween). Today begins a week long Trick or Treat event hosted by several fabbity-FAB YA authors.  Who says you have to get all dressed up to get some treats?  So pop in, say hi, and enjoy the fun prizes and giveaways!

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Guess what?  It’s almost Halloween! Only one of my favorite holidays evah!!! To celebrate it I invite you all to join me and SEVERAL fabbity-fab YA authors for a Halloween Blog Trick-or-Treat.  Lots of SWEET prizes up for grabs (ie: books, ebooks, bookmarks, buttons, notebooks, ballet tickets, stickers etc.). 

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I’d like to welcome YA author and fellow critique group member Kit Forbes to my blog. Kit graciously let me interview her about her new release: Falling Through Glass.  In honor of her first YA I’m giving away an ebook copy of My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator to one commenter. So make sure you stop in and say hi. And please leave an email so I can contact you if you win.  I’ll draw the winner on Monday (Memorial Day).

Tell us a little something about your book and what genre it is?

A: It’s a time travel romance I feel will appeal to the high school crowd and up.

Japanese-American Emiko Maeda set aside her studies following the sudden death of her father. At odds with her mother and burdened with the guilt over her role in the tragic accident, she moves in with her uncle Jake and comes into possession of an antique mirror. While accompanying Jake to Japan on a film shoot, Emmi is caught in a freak storm and plunged through time–into Feudal Japan and the world of samurai.

Kyoto, Japan
1864

The city of Kyoto is ablaze with violence and on the brink of civil war. Nakagawa Kaemon is a young samurai with a secret. He gathers information on those who claim to “Revere the emperor” but harbor their own agenda to control the country. Kae is honor bound to execute anyone who poses a threat to the throne even if it is Emmi, the unusual young woman he has come to love.

Shameless Plug: It’s available for Kindle: http://amzn.to/muYdy5

Nook: http://bit.ly/jVLl93    

All Romance ebooks: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-fallingthroughglass-549999-141.html

and directly through the publisher Noble Young Adult: https://www.nobleyoungadult.com/Books/288        

What character(s) do you like the most and why? If someone made a movie of your book, which actors/actresses would play your characters?

A: I think my favorites have to be the Shinsengumi guys. Seeing their anime versions in the old Rurouni Kenshin show is what got me interested in the history of the period.

While these actors were closer to the right ages back when I first had the idea they probably couldn’t pull off Em & Kae now, since they aren’t household name to most readers I scrounged up a couple pictures via a wiki and a scene from a film that made me fangirlish glee and go “That’s My Hero!”

Kazue Fukiishi as Emmi: http://es.drama.wikia.com/wiki/Fukiishi_Kazue

Yosuke Kubozuka as Kae (scene from the film Makai Tensho (Samurai Resurrection) : http://www.kitforbes.com/images/KubozukaYosuke_Kae.jpg

 

What are your favorite books? And is there any book in particular that made you want to become a writer?

A: Wow. I have a bunch. I used to love the old gothic romances of Barbara Michaels and all things horror and sweeping historical sagas. On the YA front I really like 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher,
Saundra Mitchell’s Shadowed Summer (still dying to read her newest), The Mediator series by Meg Cabot and her Avalon High.

I think it’s a culmination of the gazillion different types of books I read. It sort of all came together when I fell in love with Anne Rice’s Louis and Lestat and had ot continue their story in my head. and had to write it down.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without while writing?

A: That’s a tough one. I’d say coffee or real sugar Pepsi or Coke depending on the time of day. ^_^

Reality or Fantasy?

A: I have to say combinations thereof. I do love me my paranormal elements.

Your favorite snack?

A: Ooh another toughie. Popcorn and/or Froot Loops

Who’s your literary crush?

A: For the past year it’s been the members of my critique group. ^_^ They’re all talented and productive. *poke poke*

Lastly, what’s your favorite season?

A: We don’t seem to have seasons around here anymore. It tends to slide from too cold to too hot with only a wee bit of “Ah that’s the stuff”.

Thanks so much Kit for dropping by. I’ve enjoyed having you. Be sure to keep up with Kit Forbes. I hear she’s working on some fabulous new stuff!

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