Saturday, 28 June 2014

Blog tour - The Writing Process


I very excited about joining this blog tour and would like to thank Dale Furse for asking me to participate.

Dale is the author of Curse Book 1of the Wexkia trilogy and it is available on Amazon now.

Why not pop over and read Dale’s answers to these questions here?

Here are the questions and my answers:

1. What are you working on right now?

I have finally finished my NaNoWriMo 2012 entry and am in the process of finalising the proof read for a launch on 3rd August. The book is called ‘Stripper of the Yard’ and is the story of Jenny Cartwright and her friends. They are all strippers but when one of Jenny’s regulars collapses and dies, the girls must work out if there is anything suspicious about his death. When the girls start falling foul to a number of ‘accidents’ suspicions are aroused. Is it all linked to the fact the Jenny has been left shares in Charlie’s company in his will or is the culprit a little closer to home?

2. How does your writing differ from others in its genre?

This is a tricky one. Stripper of the Yard is a murder mystery but the main characters are all women, so it almost has a feel of chick lit about it.

I write from the heart and have many strong women in my stories. I also like to show people’s reasons for doing what they do. So even a murderer has a reason for doing what they do, and I want the reader to understand what that reason is.

In ‘Show the Feeling Shows’ I have written a collection of short stories that are all about why people do what they do.

3. Why do you write what you do?

I write the stories I do, to try and help myself and other people to understand humanity.

Stripper of the Yard is a story that has been running around in my head for the last six or seven years and I have written other stories to enable me to develop my craft to tell the best stories that I can.

I base a large number of my stories in places that I have lived in or are familiar with. I find that way that I can focus on the characters and not on their surroundings. I hope that by writing about places I know I don’t need to focus so much on trying to build an environment and can spend more time fleshing out my characters and look at their motivations.

4. How does your writing process work?

Unfortunately I am not a full time writer and so I have fit my writing in around my day job. I tend to find I work best in the early morning so I get up an hour before I need to and write. If I am really into a project I will write during my lunch hour and after work.

I tend to update my twitter feeds as I can but will spend longer working on that and my facebook page at the weekends.

I try to post on my blog weekly but have found that marketing and getting ‘Stripper’ ready for publication has taken up a lot of my writing time. I am looking forward to getting back to some new writing very soon.

 

Next week I’ll have my own guest from the Blog Tour answering the same questions. I’ll post the details as soon as possible.

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3 comments:

  1. Hi, Jo. Ugh. I just wrote a long reply, but it's not showing. This has happened before on Blogger. What I said was; I admire writers who have a day jobs. Congrats on that. Do you do NaNo every year?

    'Stripper of the Yard' sound like a great read. Good luck and I hope it climbs all the bestseller lists. :)

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    1. Thanks Dale. I have done NaNo for the last two years and intend to do it this year. The only problem is you take a month to write the story but it takes a year to edit it and that's the bit I don't enjoy.

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    2. Haha, yep, I hear ya. I'm still rewriting/editing a novel I wrote in NaNo 2007.

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