Today is March 29, 2014, I’m Christiane France, and this is a Blog Hop where authors answer questions about their writing process. I was invited to take part by fellow author Sean Michael who posted last week. Check out Sean’s blog at:
Why and how do I write? I sometimes wonder about the why myself. Maybe it’s because I was an only child and a dreamer, always making up love stories in my head. As to the how, that’s something I also wonder about—a lot, but I’ll try to explain.
What am I working on?
Like most authors, I’m always working on something even if it’s just developing a one-line idea into something worth of a full story, tussling with a plot problem, or thinking up new projects.
My current wip (work in progress) is another story in the Amethyst Cove series, Missing But Not Dead. My main character, Greg Stewartson, ex-cop, private investigator, and half-owner of Amethyst Cove Security & Investigations, meets Ash Tyler, a handsome sexy nurse who soon turns Greg’s world upside down. Greg would like to concentrate on their budding romance. Ash wants to find his biological family—the one he had before he was adopted and moved from California to Michigan. Problem is Ash’s birth was never registered, the people he knew as mom and grampa have long since disappeared, and it all happened about twenty-five years ago.
Missing But Not Dead will form part of Amber Allure’s California Dreamin’ Pax to be released sometime late this summer or early fall.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think every writer's work differs in some way. I’ve written full-length mystery-suspense novels, sweet romance, erotic boy/girl and also menage romance. I even have a catshifter story and a vampire with eating problems that I hope to finish one of these days. My main focus is gay male romance. The majority of my stories are contemporary, but I have a couple of time shifts, one historical, and a ghost or two. Stories are either character driven or plot driven, and many of mine fall into the latter category because they usually include a mystery that may or may not be solved before The End. If it’s left hanging, then a sequel is called for. Such as Looking For Answers, a continuation of It’s Complicated, to be released April 13, 2014 by www.amberquill.com
How does your writing process work?
Like many other authors, I’m a pantser rather than a plotter. Anytime I sit down and try to make a list as to the order of events, either I get bored because I know what’s going to happen, or the story takes off in every direction but the right one and I have to start over. It’s taken me a while to learn my place in the process, but this is roughly how it goes: I think up the basic idea—including the names of the characters, their occupations and the story location, and then the two main characters take over and tell the story their way. By taking this approach, I’m able to get into the characters’ heads and learn all kinds of neat stuff about them which, in turn, often adds other, sometimes unexpected, dimensions to the story.
Jillian Dagg is a multi-published author I’ve known for many years. Jillian grew up in England and Canada. She loved reading and writing romances so much that she turned that desire into a successful career that led to her selling over twenty novels. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband and cats. Jillian has a new book coming out from Black Lyon sometime this summer. You can find her at: http://jilliandagg.blogspot.com
K-lee Klein has lived in one part of Western Canada or another for her entire life. She’s a doting mother of three now-grown kids, and has had characters and plots running around her head for as long as she can remember. Her days are filled with an abundance of fabulous gay men, large and small, bouncing off the walls of her skull, competing for their turns to tell their stories. K-lee has 4 novel-length books and more than 10 short stories and novellas with her three publishers MLR Press, Amber Allure and Less Than Three Press—plus many more in progress. You can find K-lee here: http://chaosinthemoonlight.blogspot.ca