Monday, March 17, 2014

Writing Process Blog Chain Hop – Four Questions, Four Answers

I was intrigued when I heard about this Blog Chain Hop thing going on and decided to give it a whirl. I’m hopping off from Stephanie Collier, who was kind enough to tag me in her Writing Process blog post on March 10. I in turn will answer the same four questions she did and tag three more authors/bloggers hopping from my blog post on March 24.

STEPHANIE COLLIER: Stephanie Collier has always immersed herself in other worlds created by talented minds, and her love of beautifully crafted words made her branch out at a young age, dreaming up new characters and worlds of her own. Stephanie currently resides in Missouri with her loving, supportive husband and amazingly talented four children.

Stephanie is an author of Gothic Romance stories with endings that tend to be bittersweet. Her debut novel, The Blood of the Black Rose, released in February, 2014. Her book is available on Amazon.

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1. What am I working on?

Right now, I’m working on the manuscript for Bloodline, the second novel in my Ebon City series. I plan to have it published some time this summer or fall of 2014. I’m also revising Death and the Maiden, the first novel of Ebon City. The revised edition will be released shortly after Bloodline. The series is set in the titular Ebon City, a gothic metropolis located in the northeastern United States. This is the stage for our hero and heroine, a vampire named Ezekiel Blake and the sorceress Angela Thorn.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I’m trying to work with the more classic (and admittedly outdated) incarnation of vampires. I chose to go in that direction because I was nostalgic for the Lugosi-style vampires I grew up with.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I write fantasy because I can escape to worlds where anything can happen. I incorporate elements of horror because it provides opportunities to explore themes of violence and tragedy, creating obstacles for my characters to overcome. Additionally, horror can get our hearts pumping and create a sense of excitement. And romance is a keystone for my stories because the desire for companionship is a universal longing.

4. How does my writing process work?

For the most part, I’m a plotter. I start by listing all my thoughts, character ideas, and concepts for scenes. Once I have all that down, I structure them into an outline, gradually expanding on the outline until I have a cohesive plotline. Then I start writing, crossing off each point in the outline as I go. On occasion, I write as a “pantser” instead of a plotter. Pantsering is when someone “writes by the seat of their pants.” This means they don’t plan or plot anything out beforehand. They just start writing and make everything up as they go. I only ever do this for the first scene or chapter, and then stop to outline the rest of the book before I continue. I guess I’m 85% plotter, 15% pantser. Once I’m done—and this is the part I hate—I go through and rewrite, and rewrite, and rewrite, and . . . You get the idea. I’m never satisfied with my current manuscript, no matter how many times I edit it. Eventually, I get to a point where I’m ready to send the manuscript off to be copyedited. Then I read through it another couple of times for any last minute tweaks. Finally, I’m ready for publishing.

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I’m now passing the Writing Process Blog Chain Hop to the next three writers. Check their blogs next week to read their answers to the Four Writing Process Questions.

S. A. MOLTENI: S. A. Molteni was born in Providence, Rhode Island into a career military family. Until the age of nine, the author and her family moved many times along the eastern United States from duty station to duty station. The author found solace in reading during the many childhood moves and wrote her first short story for English class at the young age of six while living in Lakehurst, New Jersey. This would be the last location where her father worked before retiring from the U.S. Navy and settling the family in North Florida in the mid 1970's. The love of reading and a talent for fantastical short story writing since childhood has played an important role in the author's life. However, the need for a steady income trumped the desire to become an author early on in life and led to a career in the Information Technology sector. After over 30 years in the IT industry, S.A. Molteni is now a retired IT systems engineer. She is currently a hobby farmer, avid traveler and an author of several award-winning short stories. She lives on a small homestead with her husband of over 15 years and a menagerie of farm animals.

S. A. Molteni is the author of three stories; Her Name was Half Calf, Fade to Gray, and A Special Bull. Her books are available on Amazon.

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ANN HUNTER: Ann Hunter wrote her first multi-award winning story before age thirteen. She is the author of young adult fantasy novels, likes cherry soda with chocolate ice cream, is a mom first and a writer second, has a secret identity, and thinks the Twilight movies are cheesier than cheez whiz (which is why they are her guilty pleasure!). She lives in a cozy Utah home with her two awesome kids and epic husband.

She has published two books, The Subtle Beauty and Moonlight, and has two upcoming releases, Fallen expected in May, and The Rose in the Briar in July. Her books are available on Amazon.

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REBECCA WEEKS: Rebecca Weeks is a British author who started writing her first novel in 2011, now published. This will be the first book in a series of five. Growing up in Devon and hearing the folklore stories from growing up in a small village is what gave her the inspiration to write fantasy novels. A great lover of fantasy and science fiction, her favorite authors are J. K. Rowling, whom she has followed since childhood, and L. J. Smith, in which her favorite series are The Vampire Diaries and The Night World.

Her debut novel is Elizabeth's Betrayal: Dark Beginnings, published on March 1, 2014. Her book is available on Amazon.

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