And now, my turn for the Q&A:
1) What am I working on?
I am writing the first draft of my fifth novel and I’m amazed that the process hasn’t gotten any easier (more on that in question 4). The manuscript is a contemporary YA, with just a little hint of magical realism, that my agent and I refer to as the HTR (Head Trauma Romance).
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’ve been complimented on my ability to write a believable teen voice. Once, a contest judge commented that she would not be surprised to learn that I was, in fact, a teenager myself.
There’s a pretty good chance I’m old enough to be that judge’s mother.
I think (I hope) that it is my experience as the parent of teenagers that makes my work stand out. I love my relationship with my kids: the good, the bad and the dramatic. And I LOVE writing about these relationships from both sides of the proverbial fence.
3) Why do I write what I do?
My obsession with young adult fiction started about five years ago, as an effort to spark my son’s interest in reading. I challenged him to a reading race; then I devoured the entire Harry Potter series in the same amount of time it took him to read the first book.
And I was HOOKED.
The writing transition was just as easy.
4) How does my writing process work?
I’m a pantser. I get a flash of an idea: sometimes it’s an entire scene; sometimes it’s just an image of the main character. Then I sit down at my computer and write to see what’s going to happen. If all goes well, the next scene starts to form in my thoughts as I’m winding up the current one. If not, I go back and read one or two chapters to see if I took a wrong turn somewhere in the The Pantser Maze. If that doesn’t work, I get up and move around. Walking and showering are an integral part of my writing process.
My current WIP has been a bit of a struggle and just recently, I figured out why. My rewriting and polishing skills have gotten quite the workout over the last two years but I forgot how to first draft! I totally forgot that I used to start with dialogue and maybe a few notes in parenthesis to remind myself that the character needs an internal thought here or needs to move there. I forgot to take my own favorite advice (which I kind of borrowed from the movie SHREK): Novels are like onions. They’re written in layers. I write dialogue first; then I go back and answer all those questions that start with W.
Next Week on the Blog Tour:
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