Last week my CP Seabrooke Leckie invited me to be a part of a blog hop about writing processes. I like writing about my work, so I said sure! You can read her post here.
On to the questions:
On to the questions:
- What am I working on?
Currently I am in the process of editing the sequel to Balancing Act, my YA contemporary romance which was published by Entranced Publishing before the press closed. With that project currently being sent out to agents, I'm still working on the sequel. This time the story follows Nikki instead of Callie, as she moves to Colorado after the death of her parents and becomes involved in life on the family farm. There she meets Grant, her cousin's friend who helps out around the place and helps her start to heal. She also must face her fear of horseback riding after vowing never to ride again. It's (hopefully) funny and lighthearted, and features a cameo of Callie, Jen, and Ty. I've had my writing compared to Stephanie Perkins, so think of her books with horses.
- How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Well, as I've said I write contemporary romance, though I dabble in other genres. I guess the main difference in my work is that there is no person who is the villain. My stories mainly deal with the MC conquering some inner demon and coming to terms with who they are. Instead of working against the mean girl in high school or winning the cute guy's heart (though there are cute guys) my characters are working toward healing and figuring out what they want from life. I think it's important for young readers to know that they don't need everything decided by the time they graduate high school, but that their choices are still poignant.
- Why do I write what I do?
I guess I've already sort of answered this above, but I write contemporary romance because a) I love reading a nice romance b) I think YA examines critical periods in life when hormones are raging against huge life decisions c) my favorite stories are YA.
As for writing in general, it's like breathing. Necessary and unavoidable to life.
- How does my writing process work?
I'm sort of a pantser mixed with an outliner. When I get an idea I'll write down everything I can think of about it, whether it's the first couple chapters or character profiles or world building. If I decide I want to stick with the story I generally have a vague idea of where I want the story to end up, and a couple of key scenes to hit along the way. But I'm not afraid to follow the plot bunny down the rabbit hole.
As for tagging people to do this, so far everyone I've asked has already done it! But if I hear back from some people I will add their details here so you can read their answers.