As many of you know, my mom passed away last year, just before summer began. It’s been a tough year, not only because of my grief, but also because I was tasked with settling her affairs. This became a time-consuming and emotional business, and my writing suffered as a result. But recently, many of my writing friends and supporters have been contacting me, asking me about my new book, offering reviews and giveaways, help with marketing. etc. and I feel a little like Al Pacino when he said: “Just when I thought I was OUT, they PULL me back in.” Only in a non-drug-related and positive way. So, thanks, all, for the love!
The very talented Suzanne Redfearn invited me to take part in a blog roll. I was thrilled and flattered, especially since I read Suzanne’s novel HUSH LITTLE BABY in ONE DAY because I could NOT put it down. A blog roll is similar to a chain letter, in that if you choose to participate, you invite other authors to participate and so on and so forth. All of us answer the same questions about our writing processes and it gives readers an opportunity to discover new authors and the unique ways in which we write.
1. WHAT AM I WORKING ON –
I am in the final edit of my mystery MURDER IN A MINOR. This is the first novel in my musical murder mystery series featuring detective Samantha Wedlock. This is a bit of a departure for me, as my readers know me for SOMETHING NEW and SWEET NOTHINGS, which is humorous women’s fiction. But I have always loved mysteries, and am very excited about the upcoming digital release. I am also finishing the first draft of a romance novel called NOW AND THEN, which is loosely based on the Don Henley song HEART OF THE MATTER. (The awesome Emily Giffin already used that song title for one of her books, darn her!)
2. HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?
My main character, Sam Wedlock, is a closet songwriter–she composes songs in her head based on things going on in her life–her relationships, her cases, etc. MURDER IN A MINOR has a strong musical element and contains snippets of her compositions.
3. WHY DO I WRITE WHAT I DO?
I love to entertain and make people laugh. I’m never going to write anything bleak, because we have enough tragedy, conflict and stress in this world. I like to offer an escape from those things. Most of my stories involve strong women. I grew up with an extremely strong and amazing mom, so in some ways, all of my books are a celebration of her (although many of my characters have serious flaws which my mother did not!) I’m also a romantic at heart–a sucker for a happy ending. I love writing about relationships and the trials and the tangles and the Tango of love. I can’t recall ever writing a story–and this goes all the way back to my first attempt when I was six–that didn’t have some sort of romantic element.
4. HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS WORK?
I haven’t figured that one out yet! I don’t really outline. Basically, I sit in front of the computer and hope the words come. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes I drink.
5. AND THE OTHER PART OF THIS QUESTION, HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS NOT WORK?
Please see above.
WHO’S NEXT: All three of these women are amazing. I am grateful for their friendship and inspired by their talent.
Samantha Stroh Bailey, whose flirty, fun and romantic FINDING LUCAS captured my heart.
Julie Valerie, book blogger extraordinaire whose first novel debuts soon.
Christa Yelich-Koth, whose graphic novel HOLLOW is a feast for the eyes and the mind.