My good friend and crit partner Laurie J. Edwards asked if I wanted to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour, which is actually a really cool version of a chain letter. I had to say yes! Laurie is an incredibly hard-working writer and editor, with tons of projects going and much success ahead of her. She has TWO books coming out this year: Grace and the Guiltless under the pen name Erin Johnson, and Cyber Self-Defense, which she's co-writing with expert Alexis Moore. Both sound amazing, no? For more info on Laurie and her upcoming releases, check out her website here.
Thank you for tagging me, Laurie!
So on to my answers to the Writing Process Blog Tour questions!
1) What are you working on?
I am currently writing the first draft of the sequel to SHATTERED VEIL, called TANGLED PROMISE. I also have a YA fantasy, A SEASON OF SINISTER DREAMS, that I'll be revising this summer for an August release.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My Diatous Wars trilogy (SHATTERED VEIL, TANGLED PROMISE, etc) looks at first glance like a dystopian, in the vein of The Hunger Games or Divergent. But it's actually not...the main character, rather than fighting against a corrupt and oppressive government, is in fact fighting FOR her country against an outside threat. I think the love story is also an interesting take for the genre.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I have always enjoyed reading young adult fiction. It's my favorite genre, in particular because I found the stories so inspiring when I was a young adult. I write YA because the voice and types of stories are comfortable to me, and also because I'd love to think that my characters could be inspiring to someone as well. I feel really passionate about showing strong girls growing up to be empowered, empathetic adults. I also really enjoy exploring healthy female friendships in my stories, which I think is somewhat lacking in current YA fiction.
4) How does my writing (or writing with pictures/illustrating) process work?
I tend to do some but not a lot of plotting before I start writing. I need to know where the story and characters end up...and figure out the important details of the world and major plot points. But that's about all the planning I do. I try to write my first drafts fast, so my inner editor doesn't have time to rear her red pen and slow down the process. I enjoy revising more than I do writing first drafts. But I LOVE the moments when a character takes on a life of their own, or a plot snag suddenly untangles itself. Drafting is exciting and exhausting!
I tend to write shorter first drafts and fill out in revisions, rather than writing long and having to cut. And I am eternally indebted to my wonderful critique partners and beta readers who offer their feedback and support throughout the process!
I'm tagging Ali Cross to continue the chain! Ali is the author of the popular Desolation series, as well as the exciting new scifi Blood Crown (which I absolutely LOVED). She likes to say she holds a black belt in awesome since the only kind of kicking-butt she does is on paper. She's a virtual ninja.