I’ve been tagged! This is an author-based tag that is kind of fun and John W. Howell tagged me. Check out his excellent thriller:
John J. Cannon successful San Francisco lawyer takes a leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. He is unaware that his newly-purchased boat had already been targeted by a terrorist group. John’s first inkling of a problem is when he wakes up in the hospital where he learns he was found unconscious next to the dead body of the attractive young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now stands between the terrorists and the success of their mission.
The rules of this tag are to answer the following four writing questions, and then tag three other authors. Next week, March 10, these three authors will (hopefully) answer the same questions and tag three others, and so the chain continues to grow larger. This will enable readers to get to know more authors and their books. It will also allow everyone to get to know these authors a little better.
1. What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on the 7th book of my fantasy series while waiting for the last parts of the 4th book to come in. Though, there’s always a chance I’ll have the edits and cover art by the time this post goes live next Monday. Anyway, you can typically find me toiling away at the Legends of Windemere series. My goal is to keep my writing a few books ahead of my publishing to avoid any long delays.
2. How does your work differ from others in the same genre?
The biggest difference between me and other fantasy authors is that I use present tense third person. It’s where I feel most comfortable and my story takes on the vivid life that I want it to have. The downside is that it can be jarring to people because it’s an uncommon and difficult style to use.
Another difference is that while many fantasy books (at least those I’ve been reading) are going low magic in their worlds, I’m going in the opposite direction. Windemere has magic everywhere and is used in a more casual sense. There are still combat spells that scare people, but magic isn’t a rarity or forbidden like on other fantasy worlds.
3. Why do you write what you do?
I write what I write because I love what I write. If I enjoy the story I’m telling then there’s a better chance of the reader enjoying it too. As for the genre, it’s because I love the freedom of creation that fantasy gives me. Not so much that there are less rules than genres based in our world, but there’s more flexibility.
4. How does your writing process work?
I do character biographies and a brief synopsis of the book’s plot while taking a break from the current series. As time goes on, I grab subplots from the character bios and flush those out with notes. Then, I do an extreme chapter section by chapter section outline of each book in the series to plot my route. It’s really a single line of what I want to achieve in each section. When I sit down to write the book, I look at the outline and make changes. I omit things that are pointless or merge sections that can be merged. The outline always gets altered as I go along because some things work better in the planning stage than when I put it into practice.
And now time to Tag three other Authors.
- Retail Memories by Papi Z! An entertaining satire about the trails, tribulations, and terror of working in the world of retail.
- St. Charles at Dusk: The House of Crimson and Clover Series Prequel by Sarah M. Cradit! This is an amazing Paranormal Romance series from a very hard-working author and this book that kicks off the series is FREE!
- Red Clay & Roses by S.K. Nicholls! An excellent and highly rated Southern Fiction book by a talented author.