My friend, Belle, of Ms. Bookish tagged me to take part of the Creative Blog Tour for artists and writers. So you get a peek at what I’m working on. There are four questions. So…shall we proceed?
What am I working on? I recently finished plotting the second Culinary Competition mystery. I will be doing Camp NaNoWriMo this year. My very first attempt at a NaNoWriMo event. Luckily, I don’t have to write 50,000 words to “win” camp. That’s a good thing since Pies & Peril will be published on July 8th and I’m doing a blog tour during the month of July. I really doubt I would be able to write 50,000 words, even though I have the book completely plotted, with all of the nervous excitement and blog visiting.
How does my work differ from others of its genre? I write my cozy mysteries with a third person point of view through both the eyes of my main character/amateur sleuth, Amy, and her best friend, Carla. Many cozies use first person point of view, but to be honest, I have a difficult time writing it. I use a deep point of view to help give the effect of a more traditional cozy.
Why do I write/create what I do? I feel compelled to. When I was a child I decided I wanted to be a writer. I held onto that dream quite well through my teens, but then it got lost for a while after I got married, got a stressful job and then went on to have two children within 18 months. After they were born I turned to designing beadwork. I had many patterns published in magazines. Those forays into publishing gave me the confidence to turn my writing away from patterns and back to my first love, fiction. I started out with writing and publishing short, flash fiction and have now moved on to full-length novels.
How does your writing/creating process work? I am a planner. While writing flash I may not write any notes beforehand, but I do think about what I am going to write before sitting down at my laptop. When I moved up to writing novellas and novels, I knew I had to plan everything out. The thought of embarking on that large of a writing venture without a map terrified me. So now I use both color-coded actual index cards on a cork board and the virtual index cards (again, color-coded) in the program I write in, Scrivener. I find that knowing the road ahead is much less stressful and I can write much more quickly. I wrote over 10,000 words in one day earlier this year on a short story I had plotted out beforehand.