What a treat to be asked to be a part of the Writing Process Blog Tour--for those of us who work without anyone around, this must be sort of like visiting a friend's desk at the office and enjoying a cup of tea or coffee right? Ha! Who am I kidding? I know how crazy busy it is in most businesses and that many of the bosses frown on this type of "wasted time." Don't they realize the value in connecting with a co-worker?
But, I digress.
So there are three questions which the host of the tour is to answer. They are:
1) What am I working on?
2) Why do I write what i do?
3) How does my writing process work?
1) Right now I'm editing and going through the critiques of my third suspense book which is as yet unnamed. I'm just calling it "Tayt Waters" because that's my main character's name. At some point within the next month or so I really need to name this one. I feel like a negligent mother--leaving my manuscript with this sad little excuse for a title while I run around, playing with book #4. YES! Book #4 (also unnamed--see how irresponsible I am?) should be out in spring of 2015 if all goes according to plan. And Tayt Waters is scheduled for release in January of 2015. In between working on full-length manuscripts, I also like to dabble in some short suspense stories. You can grab them here for free.
2) Writing what I do is hard to explain--especially to my mother who is convinced I should write wholesome, "nice" stories about normal people. But the thing is, no one is normal, are they? I mean seriously. . . look at your family at the next holiday and tell me your family members are all run of the mill. Besides, after years of studying psychology and just being fascinated with human nature, suspense is what calls to me. I've loved mystery icons like Carolyn Keene and Agatha Christie since I was a child. Writing suspense for a living is just about the best job ever.
3) My writing process is sort of weird. I'm not like a lot of other writers who can work for long chunks of time without complaint. I might be borderline ADHD or something because I can't sit still for more than about an hour. So every hour or so I pop out of my chair and run downstairs, usually to make a phone call, wash a few dishes or see which quick item I can check off my personal to-do list. Then it's back upstairs to my office where I write for another hour, then back up and so forth. I also recently started using a standing desk--this helps me not to get so antsy. (And it's not a real standing desk--I just put a big file box under my laptop to elevate it to the right height so that I can stand and type.) One thing that I try to do pretty religiously is to write on my newest fiction project right away, first thing in the morning. No checking email or perusing Pinterest or Facebook until my fiction writing time is done.
(The picture above is NOT my office--but I do love it. Too lazy to get out my camera this afternoon . . . )
Speaking of which, while I'm done writing fiction for today, I still have a gazillion words to edit before my manuscript goes off to beta readers next week (ack!) so I'd better get back to it. Thanks for stopping by the blog tour if you're new here and if you are a regular reader, thank you for continuing to read along!
Be sure to check out my writing pal's blog, Peggy's Pet Place (Bonus: If you're an animal lover--you're about to fall in love with her adorable dogs).
And take some time to explore another writing friend, Amy's place. She's the extremely creative and multi-talented Amy Beth Arkawy who balances not only fiction writing but talk radio and creativity coaching on her professional plate.
Happy blog touring!
I was recently introduced to the great term, "authorpreneur," by the prolific and wildly creative, Joanna Penn. While she started out in the world of nonfiction, she's now an accomplished suspense fiction author writing under the name of J.F. Penn. Check out her great books if you like the style of Dan Brown and the fictional character Laura Croft--a perfect blend of the two, I've heard! Joanna also hosts the incredibly inspiring Creative Penn Podcast twice per month and I always finish listening all revved up and ready to write a bestseller. :)
It's easier to think of myself as an author than an entrepreneur, though I've been writing for a living for the past six years, and only a published author for two. In January, 2008, I launched my writing business--of course at that time it looked very different than it does today. I wrote for national magazines, local and regional newspapers and journals, and later moved into copywriting for business clients (basically writing website content, blog posts, brochure blurbs and the like). It was and is, one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. Setting a goal of leaving a full-time job to write sounds like a pipe dream--to have it "come true" and still be working at it six years later is nothing short of a miracle. I had a load of other jobs before this and always wondered what was wrong with me--why nothing "fit" work-wise. Then I started writing for a living and it was like, "Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh. Now I can really breathe."
This term authorpreneur really caught my attention when I heard it though. After meeting with my business mentor this week, I'm re-dedicating my efforts to think/act/be more like a business. . . but only in the background, I promise. You won't be getting any business-speak sales pitches from me, or cheesy advertising in your inbox. And I don't have plans to turn this website into a moneymaking pyramid, so don't be afraid.
The photo above shows my weekly morning meeting: a (genius!) suggestion from my business mentor that I partake in each week. It's important she says--and I fully agree--to get up out of the day to day work and check your navigation from time to time. If I say I want to go there, then why am I doing all of this stuff that's going to bring me here?
Anyway, I also love my kitchen nook (even though I dream of having one that looks like the one below) and thought you might like seeing behind the scenes of my writing life!
Today I'm guest posting over at the Sisters in Crime New England's blog, Pen, Ink and Crimes. Would love for you to drop by for a visit (and you can hear all about my first metal concert!)
"So, what's all this about a contest?"
Glad you asked!
I have been dreaming up ways to make a fun, interactive reading/writing experience. The feedback from the serial short stories sent recently via the newsletter have been excellent (thanks!) and so I thought, "Why not create the same experience but personalize it for one lucky reader?"
Here's how it will work:
The winner will be selected at random on Tuesday, June 23rd. That individual will be featured in an original short suspense story which will be posted on this website. I'll also email you your very own copy.
The contest will be open to anyone, but newsletter subscribers will get two entries. (Pssst! Sign up quickly and without cost for the newsletter by clicking on the NEWSLETTER button above). I believe in giving back to the faithful readers who enjoy this newsletter--and perks are a fun way to show my appreciation.
To enter simply email me at scaredecatbooks at gmail dot com, or send me a quick message on Facebook. Good luck and happy summer reading!
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