May 26, 2014

Writing Blog Tour

Hey all. I can't believe it's Memorial Day already!! Craziness. The days have been flying by. I'm busy working and revising my book and...being pregnant. Yep. My energy is currently being zapped away by a tiny little entity inside of me!

Here's the fun announcement we posted on Facebook a few weeks ago:

These are our pups, Pascal and Chloe. We had to use treats to bribe them
to sit so still!
Anyway, today I'm participating in a writer blog hop. My friend (and also one of my awesome critique partners and fellow Arizonans!) Tari Faris invited me to participate. You can find out more about her and her writing at www.tarifaris.com.

For the blog hop, we're asked to answer a set of questions about our writing. So here. We. Go!

What am I working on?
I'm currently revising a book -- and am almost done! It's due to my awesome agent June 1, so I'm busy putting the finishing touches on now.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?
My work is a mix of inspirational women's fiction and romance. Some women's fiction is very character driven. While mine definitely delves into the characters' lives, it also has a strong plot element to it. Plus, my poetry background means I LOVE METAPHORS! I take great pleasure in weaving in imagery and metaphors/analogies throughout my work. That's not necessarily unusual in my genre, but my unique voice helps my writing to stand out (or so I hope!).

Why do I write what I do?
I write a lot about mother/daughter relationships because I was close with my own mom before she passed away in 2004 -- and it brings me a lot of joy to write about reconciliation in relationships. I also write inspirational fiction, which means it has a faith element to it. I couldn't imagine NOT writing this type of fiction. Because my faith is so integral to who I am, it's also integral to my writing.

How does your writing process work?
I'm a planner in everything I do, so my writing is the same! I brainstorm and plot out my scenes, getting a really firm picture of who my characters are, what they struggle with, and what they need to learn in the course of the story. I give myself a little wiggle room to veer from my plot outline, but it's rare! I always brainstorm with at least one of my critique buddies -- if not more! Some of the best times of brainstorming have involved sitting around with three of my brainstorming friends (or hanging out via video chat to do the same) and brainstorming my stories with them. This is soooo helpful, especially if I'm stuck!

Once the book is written and I've taken it as far as I can, I exchange with my critique partners and take a few weeks off while I await their feedback!

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Thanks for taking the time to read a little more about me and my writing! As part of this blog tour, I was supposed to ask three writers if they'd be willing to carry on the post next week. However, I'm feeling like a rebel, so I'd like to invite anyone reading this post to go ahead and answer these questions on your blog! If you do, be sure to let us know in the comments so we can come check out your post!

Your Turn: What's your favorite genre to read?