Okay – so every writer on the planet has by now been tagged and taken part in this infernal blog tour. I even turned two writers down – sorry, girls – before having my arm twisted by Alison Tyler, and you probably all know by now that I can’t say ‘no’ to Ms Tyler! Her writing process – approximately ten times more interesting than mine – is at Trollop With a Laptop. But you’re here to read about mine – so this it…
What am I working on?
Ha! What am I not working on? I’m up to my eyes in edits on Her Boss and His Client, The Scarlet Bond and a an assortment of shorts that are due in by March 1. Furthermore, my list of submission calls for March 1 seems never ending, so I’m busy penning several more shorts for some really exciting sounding new anthologies. Editors – keep an eye on your inboxes – stuff’s coming your way! And, as if that weren’t enough, I’m also about to get down to business finishing my NaNoWriMo novel, Honeytrap, a super-hot sexspionage adventure… Plus I’m just starting my prep work for a six novel series, that could grow even longer. And… (for God’s sake, take a break, woman!)
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
It’s by me. That’s all I can say. Every writer’s work differs from every other’s. We all have a unique voice and our own world-view that gets reflected in our writing. That’s why, if you like one book by a writer, it’s a good bet that you’ll their other works – and, of course, vice versa. I just hope to hell you like the first book of mine you read…
Oh, certainly for fun! Writing about sex is almost as much fun as having it and it gives me a chance to explore all sorts of characters and situations that I might not come across in real life. I get to do things I couldn’t do for reasons of anatomy – see right! And I get to boss the characters around, make them do what I want, playing God with their lives… (No, you wouldn’t want to be one of my characters, would you?)
How does your writing process work?
I can only tell you that if you let me shoot you immediately afterwards…
Seriously, it’s not terribly exciting. I am the queen of anal… Woops! That’s Alison Tyler with her fab new book Happily Ever Anal. What I mean is that I’m pretty anal about the writing process. I plan. I plot. I scheme. I outline. I plan some more. And only when I know in my head practically all the words that need to go down on the page, do I sit down in front of the WP. Then I write and it’s different from the plan. I become enraged and chew the keyboard. I modify the plan to accommodate the new turn of events. I replot. I rescheme. I write the next bit. And so on.
Yes, it is bloody exhausting, now that you ask!
But I think I’d better be getting back to it, with all those March 1 deadlines!
Oh, was I supposed to pass the baton on? Damn, I seem to have dropped it.