Catriona McPherson, author the Dandy Gilver series as well as two stand-alones, As She Left It and The Day She Died tagged me for this blog hop. I’ve been round this blog hop before…. which naturally I forgot…but I’m grateful to have so many friends who want to tag me, so here are my answers (again).
What are you working on?
I’ve got a bunch of things going at the same time. I’m finishing up a thriller, Hostage, which is my first stand alone. I’m doing a rewrite on Kate Conway #3, tentatively titled Clouds and Darkness. And I’m doing research on a new series. Plus…. I can’t tell you. But I think you’ll like it.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
I have no idea. I think by virtue of being mine, my voice, it’s different than what some other writer might do. My books are very character oriented because I’m very interested in why people do what they do. And hopefully even in the saddest moments there’s humor.
Why do you write what you do?
I would say I write for money, but a quick look at my last royalty statement would make it clear that isn’t my motivation. The truth is that I’m my first audience, so I write what I want to read, what interests me. Someone reading my book might spend a few days reading it, but I have to spend months writing it. With all the other things competing for my attention it life, what I’m writing has to be a story that keeps me coming back for more.
How does you writing process work?
Each book is a little different for me. Some books are outlined in advance and I stick closely to it, others I literally start writing and have no idea where it’s going. Some books I’ve written in very short periods (10 weeks is my personal best) and others have taken a year. I have a day job with sometimes odd hours and lots of travel so I haven’t worked out a pattern for my writing schedule, and I think that translates to my writing process as well. Sometimes I wish I had a more structured day-to-day life, which would theoretically mean more routine in my writing process, but I have no idea when or if that will happen. Chaos has done okay by me so far, so I don’t mind.
That’s it. I’ll post my tags later in the week.