For all you that have asked about process – this one’s for you : ) Cindy Sample, the very talented mystery author of the Laurel McKay mysteries, asked me to participate in a blog hop devoted to how writers go through their process of writing.
What am I working on/writing?
I am working on the second book in my Reality TV series to be published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series; A FIRST DATE WITH DEATH: A Love or Money Mystery will be released in the spring next year. Here’s the awesome blurb that those wickedly talented copywriters at Berkley came up with:
When broken-hearted Georgia Thornton goes looking for romance on reality TV, she has nothing to lose. Apart from a good man, a cash prize, and maybe her life.
What was Georgia thinking? Sure, some cad ditched her at the altar, but can she really find love on TV? Her best friend—and producer of the reality show Love or Money—thinks so. Ten men. Ten adventure-filled dates. What can go wrong? For starters, a faulty bungee cord that hurls Georgia’s first date into a tragic spiral off the Golden Gate Bridge.
Just as unexpected: he’s replaced by Paul Sanders, Georgia’s former fiancé. But the cop isn’t looking for a TV gig. Suspecting that the lover’s leap was no accident, Paul’s going undercover. When another bachelor gets a fatal kiss-off, the reality is that someone has killer new plans for the show—and for Georgia herself. Now, under the threat of permanent cancellation, Georgia fears that the only man on the set she can trust is the one man she just can’t count on…
How does my writing/work differ from others in its genre?
I have a M.F.A in playwriting and one of my favorite professors used to say, “No laughter for the playwright, no laughter for the audience. No tears for the playwright, no tears for the audience.” What I took that to mean was that the journey on the page had to be real for me with real emotions otherwise, there’s no way that an audience (or reader) will get that emotional journey. That’s what writing is all about for me. A way to share myself on the page with others. Growing up, my dad would always say that a good book was like a good friend. I want my books/stories to be a friend for my readers.
Why do I write what I do?
Growing up I devoured Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clark – I love a great whodunit and if you add a little suspense in there all the better. The tagline for writing is “Come in the for cozy- stay for the thrill of it!
How does my writing process work?
I do every process imaginable. When one isn’t working I move to the next. Right now I’m on a long-hand writing kick. I LOVE filing my notebook with my characters – it flows so easily – the tricky part is converting it into text, but for the wonders of technology- I hear the iPad has a great app for that. Sometimes I use voice dictation (especially when I get tired of typing up my hand written notes). But usually, mostly I sit (or stand – I have one of the those convertible desks) and power through my first draft on the keyboard. I like to write all the way through the draft before editing, but sometimes, I have to go and fix things before I move forward.
I’d love to know more about your writing process, or any other creative endeavor – especially if you have any tech tips – leave them below in the comments!
Next week’s Blog Hop, Monday, June 23rd – Meet three awesome writers who will answer the same questions I did: Camille Minichino, Kristen Weiss, and Gigi Pandian. Click on the links and visit them!
USA Today bestselling author Gigi Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. After being dragged around the world during her childhood, she tried to escape her fate when she left a PhD program for art school. But adventurous academics wouldn’t stay out of her head. Thus was born the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series.
Gigi’s debut mystery novel, Artifact, was awarded a Malice Domestic Grant and named a “Best of 2012″ Debut Novel by Suspense Magazine. The follow-up is Pirate Vishnu.
Gigi’s locked-room mystery short story “The Hindi Houdini” was short-listed for an Agatha Award. Her next novel, The Accidental Alchemist, comes out in January 2015.
Visit her at http://gigipandian.blogspot.com/
Kirsten Weiss is the author of the proto-Steampunk novel, Steam and Sensibility, and the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mysteries: the urban fantasy, The Metaphysical Detective, The Alchemical Detective, The Shamanic Detective, The Infernal Detective and The Elemental Detective.
Kirsten worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and deep in the Afghan war zone. Her experiences abroad not only gave her glimpses into the darker side of human nature, but also sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.
Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes paranormal mysteries, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.
Camille has published over 20 novels and many short stories and nonfiction articles.
As Camille Minichino, she’s published 8 Periodic Table Mysteries, featuring retired physicist GLORIA LAMERINO. The latest is a re-issue of THE HELIUM MURDER on Kindle.
As Margaret Grace, she’s published 7 novels in the Miniature Mysteries series, featuring miniaturist GERALDINE PORTER and her 11-year-old granddaughter, Maddie. The latest is MADNESS IN MINIATURE from Perseverance Press.
As Ada Madison, she’s published 4 novels in the Professor Sophie Knowles Mysteries, featuring college professor SOPHIE KNOWLES. The latest is
THE QUOTIENT OF MURDER from Berkley Prime Crime.