THE 2014 OUR WRITING PROCESS BLOG HOP
Writer’s write, that’s what we do.
Find out why and how in this new Blog Hop for 2014:
Thanks so much to Amy Vastine for inviting me to join this blog hop. The hop hops on!
1) What am I working on right now?
I’m currently working on two different books right now. Just Rewind, a New Adult Romance, takes us on a journey of how PTSD can destroy lives. Wanting to go home, yet not knowing how to live as a civilian again, and believing that the new you is not worthy of love. Francisco Javier has a lot of people that love him, but he needs to let them in, especially the only girl he’s ever loved, the one he met when he was six years old.
And, This Life, an Urban Fantasy with a touch of Romance, is about Angel, an L.A. gang banger, who will do anything for his gang “family” and has nothing to lose, or does he? He pretty much loses everything, goes to jail, and gets caught up in this Dante’s Divine Comedy type scenario. This is very different than anything I’ve ever written.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Well, I think all my works differ from each other in general, so it’s hard to say. I think both, My Mr. Manny and In My Mother’s Footsteps are both very heartwarming, fluffy type books. The type of book one might need after they’ve read a particularly wonderful angsty book. But these two new stories I’m working on are a bit more raw.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I write the stories that come to me. I write to entertain, to share joy, love, a few tears, and an experience. I want my readers to walk away feeling things. I love Happy Endings and try to put one in every story I write, as long as it fits the story. I write because even if one reader tells me how much they loved my book and how much it touched them, then I feel like it’s worth continuing.
4) How does my writing process work?
I’m a mind writer. An idea usually begins to form in my mind, and I work it over and over, by coming up with a location and a cast of characters. Then I flesh out the plot, but this all happens in my head. It starts out with flickering pictures, then turns into short videos, until it’s a full movie with most of the story clear and visual. Then I break it down into little scenes again, so I can flesh those out and begin writing them down. It’s a long process, which means I need a lot of alone time so I can be with my thoughts.
Well, there you have it. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little more about me. I hope you check out these three lovely authors below next Friday on their blogs. They will be answering these same questions. Trust, you’ll want to check out what they’re working on.
Until next time,
About the Author
There are many profiles that detail the author’s lifelong dream of authorship being realized with the publication of their first novel or short story. This is not one of those profiles.
To make an exceedingly odd story moreso, Sandi Layne had no wish to be a writer, but went through a storyline bootcamp in the form of strange dreams for a month and took careful notes. Fifteen years later, she’s still writing stories that veer slightly off the beaten path, both in Christian and historical fiction.
Married for more t
han twenty years to a very tolerant (and brilliant!) man, she has two sons, no pets, and a plethora of imaginary friends. Her interests range from ancient civilizations to science fiction for both reading and research. With degrees in English and Ministry, she also claims Theology’s crimson Masters collar which she has been known to don on rare occasions.
If you drive by her window before dawn, it is likely she’ll have a light on for you. Or at the very least, she’ll be alert on twitter. She invites you to visit her online space at http://sandyquill.com. Bring coffee.
About the Author
Sherri spent most of her childhood detesting English class. It was one of her least favorite subjects because she never seemed to fit into the standard mold. She wasn’t good at spelling, or following grammar rules, and outlines made her head spin. For that reason, Sherri never imagined becoming an author.
At the age of thirty, all of that changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show was taking two of its characters, Sherri decid
ed to try her hand at writing an alternate ending, and give the characters their happily ever after. By the time the story finished, it was one of the top ten read stories on the site, and her readers were encouraging her to write more.
Six years later, Sherri is the author of six full-length novels, and one short story. Writing has become a creative outlet for Sherri that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. She is most well known for her Finding Anna Series about a young woman rescued from being a sex slave by a wealthy Dominant. The third book in that series, Truth, released July 25, 2013.
Connect with Sherri: http://sherri-hayes.blogspot.com/
About the Author
Connect with Amber: amberlynnejohnson.com