My Writing Process – Blog Tour

I was tagged by Keith Melton (and I’m late, sorry).

1)     What am I working on?

I’m editing How To Make Friends and Not Incinerate People, the first book in a new YA series. I’m about halfway through writing the second book, The 7 Bad Habits of Slightly Troubled Monsters. Teenage drama in a school full of supernatural people is surprisingly fun to write.

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

Because it’s mine. That’s the simple answer. I tell my stories my way and try not to worry about trends or tropes except when I find fun ways to mess with them. Also I’m not afraid to write in different genres, or mix them. If something sounds fun, I’ll try it.

3)     Why do I write what I do?

I write the kinds of things I love, or things that excite me. I stumbled into romance and discovered I like it. Same with YA urban fantasy. The themes I tend to write around are about close friendships and families of choice, the strength that comes with equal partnerships, and outcasts that find their way. My favorite kinds of stories are fantasies and most of what I write are paranormal romances or urban fantasies. I love playing with supernatural creatures and magic.

4)     How does your writing process work?

I get an idea that grows into a kind of rough shape in my head. When it’s time for a new project, I pick the most exciting idea and go. I’m mostly a pantser but I plot as I go, trying to build the story out a little ahead of where I’m writing. Usually I write in order, but once in a while I’ll just write the scenes as they come to me. Once the book is done, I’ll read over it and make adjustments. Then it goes to my beta readers. Another round of edits to fix the issues they catch, then it’s off to my editor.

Thanks for stopping by. Next week the tour stops at E.P. Beaumont’s blog. E. P. Beaumont writes novels and stories that explore the turbulent boundary between the fantastic and the historical. Depending on whim of the Muse and prevailing winds, that can mean urban fantasy, magic realism, historical fiction, steampunk, science fiction, or literary fiction.

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