A Writer’s Life

Posted at Jan 24, 2017 6:37 am

I’ve been a bad, bad girl.  For the past three years I’ve neglected my website and blog. Shame on me!

But I do have an excellent excuse. I’ve been writing. And writing. I’ve been a winner and finalist in several writing contests. Attended conferences and advanced writing workshops. Met new author friends and industry contacts. Most recently, I moved overseas to Australia.

Eh–who gives a hoot about all that.

All anyone really wants to know is when the hell my books are going to be published. And that’s a fair enough question. Geez. I’ve been working on it long enough. If you’re a friend or family member, you’ve heard all about, and probably read parts of, my Monkey Business series. It’s still alive. I’m also working on a second series (Pine Lake series), have written the first book, and am working on the next book in the series.  

Bottom line, my lovely reader and writer friends, I plan to start self-publishing my books in Fall 2017.  

I’m in the process of updating my website and will include more information about my new series and a sample read within the next couple of weeks. 

Thanks to everyone who visits my page. I promise to be a good girl and whip this site into shape and keep you updated along the road to publication. 

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My Writing Process – Blog Tour Interview

Posted at Mar 13, 2014 1:14 am

Interested in the different writing processes of authors? This week I am interviewing Australian author, Terry Spring, about her own writing process. Terry writes historical and also works as a ghost-writer. To find out more about Terry and her books, visit her website at www.terryspring.com

Here is my interview with Terry:

What are you working on?

I’m about to start marketing my Australian historical novel (A Tambo Girl-Hester Jane’s Story) having recently completed it whilst also helping out the guy for whom I ghost-wrote his memoir Lucky Me. He was a POW on the Burma Railway (a similar type of story to the one depicted in the film The Railway Man), but as he’s 93, a great deal of marketing falls on me.

How does your work differ from others of its genre?

The ‘wise people’ tell us we should write about what we know, so I researched the lives of real-life people and use their lives as my story line—with some embellishment. Of course, many writers do this but the people they write about are usually known people whilst I like to use the ordinary man (and woman) in the street. My novels are  often set in past centuries whilst I have ghost-written a few who live in this century and try to tell their story in their voice, which is fun, but hard work trying to find the right questions to ask in order to get the answers I need to make the story move forward and interesting. It’s as much about their agreement to omit stuff as to write about events in their life.

Why do you write what you do?

Dunno!! I often ask myself the same question. I suppose I like to read about the lives of ordinary people who live in extraordinary times. History has always been my passion and it’s interesting to me to research how the general public lived in times past, as opposed to the wealthier people whose lives are often well-documented. Yeah, the King lived like this, but what about the villagers and inn-keeper outside the town?

How does your writing process work?

If its ghost-writing a memoir, I ty to get the person to give me a brief run-down of their life and ask them which aspects they think should be highlighted and what they want people to know about them. Then with my written and voice records, I research the times on the internet or y reading books written on the subject or the era which gives me a basis to discover what was happening to my subject at that time i.e. if a war was on. I write the first chapter and the ending and then spend many months interviewing and filling in the person’s life.

If it’s a novel, I usually chose a person)s) and research their time and place by reading internet articles and excerpts from books dealing with the same subject an dbuildt on that. I oftern write the ending first and then work my characters towards it.

I usually write a ‘life’ for each character – looks, clothes, profession, family make-up, living arrangements, friends, relatives, likes and dislikes. I document the major events in my story on a timeline and work my way through the timeline until I have covered all characters and events using my documentation I write a synopsis of the story, then put my writing away for a month or two then re-read and re-write until I have polished it up to a standard that covers everything in the synopsis, trying to ensure that the final draft contains all the elements required in a manuscript that is ready to set the world on fire! No agents have knocked down my door, but I’ve sold quite a few books and some are sold in Australian shops and historical tourist spots as well as Amazon and my website, www.terryspring.com.

Thank you for sharing your writing process with us, Terry.

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My Writing Process – Blog Tour

Posted at Mar 3, 2014 11:11 pm

Thank you, Leah St. James, for inviting me to participate on this blog tour. Leah writes contemporary romance, and last week she blogged about her writing process and her latest novel, Surrender to Sanctuary. You can visit Leah’s blog at http://leahstjames.com/blog/

Here’s a peek at my own writing process.

 What am I working on?

Right now I’m working on my novel, Monkey Business, Book Two in my Barrel of Monkeys series.

The Barrel of Monkeys series is a contemporary romance series set in San Diego, California. The series follows the lives of three single career-driven girlfriends who use a dating experiment involving a barrel of monkeys which they had devised while in college. Now approaching thirty years old, they are ready to find love and marriage. Each book follows the life of one friend and her journey of romance and self-discovery, sometimes despite the barrel of monkeys.

To read more about my series, and read an excerpt of Play My Heartstringsclick here.

 

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

The Barrel of Monkeys series is a fun and sexy contemporary romance with a side of quirk.

 

Why do I write what I do?

I write what I like to read, and also what I want to read. Though I read across the genres, I’m particularly drawn to stories of romance, relationships, friendships, family and personal growth. Ultimately, I write because want to entertain.   

 

How does my writing process work?

Once the character or story comes to mind, I get out my notebook and start writing out the bones of the story. What does my character want? Woman's hand writingWhat is haunting the character? What’s the character’s worst nightmare? I really spend time thinking about my characters. Once I have a good idea of what my story is about, I’ll start plotting and writing scenes to get to know my characters and how they behave. Once I have a general outline and feel the mojo, I go crazy and write the first draft.

Once the first draft is written, I give it to beta readers and set the draft aside for a few weeks. Meanwhile, I’m either writing or editing my next book. Right now, my desk is a revolving door of manuscripts.

The writing schedule that I strive to keep starts around 7:30 a.m. and stops at 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. I also try to write for a couple hours in the morning on Saturday and Sunday. I like to set goals on how much I need to write that day, and the goals vary depending on if I’m in draft mode, rewriting, or editing. Some days I reach my goals, and sometimes I don’t, but I don’t let that get me down. The important thing is to keep writing.

That’s it, folks! Thanks for stopping by my blog tour. I tried to keep the answers brief, so please contact me if you want to read more blogs about the writing process.

Next week, Australian author Terry Spring will blog about her writing process. Her latest book, A Tambo Girl, is a true historical set in the jazz age in Australia.

Here is a link to next week’s blogger, Australian author, Terry Spring. http://terryspring.com/A_Tambo_Girl.html

 

 

 

 

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My First Blog Post

Posted at Feb 21, 2014 12:01 am

MP910216400-300x261Ta Da! Here it is folks. I’m taking a leap and writing my first blog post.

While you’re more likely to find me interacting somewhere on social media every day, starting this blog gives me a chance to start a library of information to share with readers about my books, and life as an author.

Upcoming blogs include unveiling my book cover, introducing characters and other inspiration for my series, photos and reports from conferences I attend, contests and prizes, free reads, and more.

Follow this blog for regular updates on the publication of my debut contemporary romance novel, Heartstrings.

Publishing a novel is exciting, but getting to know my readers and what they like is what keeps me inspired. If you like fun and sexy contemporary romance, then the Barrel of Monkeys series is the type of book you might like to read. Visit the Books page on my website for more information about the series, and to read an excerpt from the first book. I’d love to hear your feedback.

Check back soon. I can’t wait to introduce you to the hero and heroine in Heartstrings.

Happy reading!

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