My cat chases things that don’t exist. Why not tap into that imagination?
1. What am I working on? I’m responding to questions for the blog tour #mywritingprocess. Oh, and I’m working on a romance that deals with some fairly heavy subject matter (a mass shooting and domestic violence). Okay, maybe not exactly a romance…
2. How does my work differ from others in the same genre? Every author brings his or her own experience and emotion to their work, so mine will be different almost by definition. You’ll just have to read my work and those of my colleagues to find out how. Mwahaha.
3. Why do I write what I do? Writers write what they know. For me, that’s spreadsheets. Unfortunately, Excel for Dummies had already been written, so I went with the next obvious choice: romance. Because, you know, those leading romantics Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Bennett, and Heather Blackmore are so often mentioned in the same sentence.
4. How does my writing process work? I lock my cat in a closet with my laptop. Days pass. When I return, I review what’s on screen to see what I can divine from it. Kind of a great system. (Which is to say it’s a rather haphazard, erratic process occasionally involving hissing and scratching: mine.)
And now I get to tag two other authors: Ashley Bartlett and Clifford Henderson.
By her own admission, Ashley is an obnoxious, sarcastic, punk-ass. But her friends don’t hold that against her. She’s the author of the Dirty Trilogy and Sex & Skateboards. ashbartlett.com.
Award-winning author Clifford Henderson co-runs The Fun Institute, a school of improv and solo performance. Her novel Rest Home Runaways is due to be released August 2014. cliffordhenderson.net.