I was recently tagged by the lovely and super energetic Kitt Crescendo in a “Writing Process” related blog hop. Kitt writes sizzling racy novels and has already burst onto the scene with two hot releases. She’s a very active blogger, a supportive friend, and someone with a strong passion for music. You’ll find her blogging about all of her many diverse interests (usually with a twist of humor or heart-felt passion) at The Inner Wild Kat
Just don’t mention frogs around her and you’ll be fine. 🙂
Thanks for the tag, Kitt!
Ok, the way the blog tag works, I’m supposed to answer four questions related to my writing style then tag three other bloggers to carry on the torch. You’ll meet those enchanting ladies at the end of this post, but first the questions with my answers:
What am I working on?
A lot! 😀 I actually have three projects going on right now. The first, SOLSTICSE ISLAND, is a short romantic adventure involving the search for a mythical sea creature. My first venture into indie publishing, I hope to release it later this month.
I also have a full-length romantic mystery called ECLIPSE LAKE that revolves around a fifteen-year-old missing person’s case. I’m also indie-pubbing that and hope to have it available in May/June.
MYTH AND MAGIC is a Halloween-themed romantic mystery that I had originally planned to release in October. As it stands now, I’ll be offering it to my new publisher Kensington Books, when it’s ready, as they have first option. If Kensington passes, I will indie pub as I originally planned…hopefully, even meeting that October deadline. Of course, I’d love to see it with Kensington too!
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
My books, especially the more I progress, tend to straddle two genres . . . romance and mystery. I would place the ratio at about 70% mystery to 30% romance, so the mystery element is probably the stronger theme. That said, I’m a romantic at heart, so each story still has a romance (usually star-crossed) to complicate matters for my hero and heroine.
Why do I write what I do?
I’ve always been intrigued by the unknown. I enjoy crafting “what if” possibilities and dropping my hero and heroine into situations where they’re forced to unravel secrets. My favorite types of novels are those that make me think, while satisfying the romantic in me. It’s why I enjoy weaving elements of myth and mystery with romance in my stories. I like to keep my readers guessing.
I also love family dynamics, a theme that is usually front-and-center in everything I write.
How does my writing process work?
I usually always start with a single character and an obstacle. Other characters grow from there, weaving the plot as they develop. Most of that takes place in my head before I start making notes on paper. Although I am not a plotter by any means, I have a very loose concept of the story before I start writing. Most of it develops on its own as scene evolves into scene. In the future, however, I’m hoping to plot more. My panster style has worked for me to date, but doing NaNoWriMo last year made me realize the benefits of plotting.
And now I’d like to introduce you to the three ladies who will be following me:
Calisa Rhose is an Okie, born and bred, through and through, and proud of it. While growing up, when she wasn’t on the back of a horse, she could be found with pen and paper in hand. Her writing career began with poetry in her younger days. Then she discovered Rock-n-Roll and cute musicians. Poetry turned into stories of romance and dreams. These days she lives with the same man who convinced her to take a romantic journey with him almost 30 years ago. After raising three strong daughters she spends her days loving their granddaughters, hoping for a boy someday, and writing. When she’s not writing, you can find Calisa putting on her editor hat and working to help other published and aspiring writers.
She is working on more projects with her favored contemporary cowboys, first responders and firemen, as well as, the occasional ‘other’ heroes — and their sexy female counterparts, those sassy, stubborn heroines.
Find Calisa at her website/blog http://calisarhose.wordpress.com
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Daisy Banks writes sensual and spicy romance in the Historical, Paranormal and Fantasy genres. An obsessive writer Daisy is passionate about her stories. Her focus is to offer the best tale she can to readers. Daisy is married, with two grown up sons. She lives with her husband in a converted chapel in Shropshire, in England. Antiques and collecting entertain Daisy when she isn’t writing. She has also occasionally been known to make a meal that doesn’t stick to the pan.
You can find Daisy at:
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Having traveled and lived all over the world, Cd Brennan now talks with a strange accent, a mix of distant terminology, a blend of culturally cute but confusing euphemisms that leaves everyone looking at her with a blank stare. Luckily, her Australian husband (who she met in Ireland) and her two Aussie/Yankee sons have no problem understanding her – well, except for the word NO.
Now settled back “home” in Michigan, she enjoys reliving her glory days by writing about them. She considers the last fifteen years abroad the perfect research for her Love Where You Roam series; matchmaking women and men from different cultures, even different hemispheres, helping them find their true one across oceans of difference.
As destiny plays a hand in all the stories, Cd Brennan truly believes that what is for you, won’t pass you by. She hopes to inspire others to get out there: “Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” [Mark Twain] And of course, fall in love.
Get in touch with Cd at her at website http://www.cdbrennan.com
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Thanks so much for participating, Mae! I love your work, so whether you go indie or traditional, I’ll be looking forward to your new stuff. 🙂
Thanks, Kitt. It was fun participating. I was happy you tagged me 🙂
I’m probably going to be straddling both indie and traditional publishing. I think there are benefits to be had in both, so it’s nice to be able to juggle the two. Of course, I never know what tomorrow will bring. I guess that’s just part of being a writer, LOL!
I loved learning more about your process. And i can’t wait for those books to come out. I’m your fan for life and I’ll definitely be grabbing those once they come out.
You’re so sweet, Gemma! 🙂 Thanks so much for the lovely reply. You made my day! 🙂
I love your blend of mystery and myth and romance, and I’m excited for all the new books you have coming out. I’m glad there are plenty to look forward to!
Aww, thanks, Donna. I’m excited to get back on track and get them released. I feel like I’ve been in a holding pattern for months!
Good luck with the indie publishing, Mae. You have a lot of projects on the go; I’m impressed.
yes the amount of writing Mae gets through exhausts me just reading about it.
Emma – are you still interested in The Bench, poetry and very short fiction?
Hi Sue, yes I am. I remember the cover for that book drew me in.
Thanks for the well-wishes, Emma. I’ll feel a lot better when I get some of the ones I’m sitting on out to the public. Still adapting to that learning curve but getting there! 🙂
It’s fascinating how we all work so differently. And you with a day job to boot. I just don’t have the energy.
Just to remind everyone The Bench is now available Daisy expressed an interest at the time of the cover reveal
Honestly, Sue, there are days I just don’t think I can keep going juggling both of them. But I love writing to much to abandon it and the day job pays the bills (not to mention I actually like what I do). Woot on The Bench!!! 🙂
Fun post, Mae. I love how you start with a single character and obstacle. That’s specific and helpful. By starting with conflict, you’ll avoid plots that fall flat with no pizazz.
Thanks, Jessi. It seems to work for me, but then I’m always adapting and looking for new ways to make my stories shine.
So sorry I couldn’t comment on this on the day I was stuck in bed, sneezing a lot. Fabulous stuff Mae Claire. I’ve got my post ready so fun times ahead. Xx Daisy
I can’t wait to see how your writing process works, Daisy. Thanks for participating in the hop/tag. And I certainly hope you’re feeling much better now! 🙂
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