This Blog Hop – The Writing Process: What is the Secret – is all about authors offering others a glimpse into their work, their writing schedules, and perhaps their innermost thoughts.
I received the invite to participate in this blog hop from the talented Ju Ephraime, author of high heat level romances that just might set your house on fire. I hope you will take the time to hop over to her site and also visit the sites of the three authors who will be posting their comments on Monday, March 31.
Now I’ll delve into my writing life a little here.
1) What are you working on? I’m currently working on the final edits of a 20,000 word novella, Mai Tai Man. It’s a sexy, humorous New Adult read about a couple who are trapped in a room together at a Mazatlan resort during a hurricane after a one-night stand.
2) How does my work differ from others in its genre? Most of my novels are contemporary romantic suspense that take place in exotic places. I call my stories exotic romantic adventures because I do my best to immerse readers in the sense of place so they can deeply experience the location as well as the plights of the characters. My books take you to Greece, Portugal, the Honduran islands, the jungles of Vietnam and a host of other unusual places. I’m not afraid to occasionally break “rules” of romance in my books, although I’m a big believer in true love, so all my main characters end up living HEA by the end of the book or series. Here are some example of my rule breaking tendencies… Jeff Dickson in THE OPEN WATER SWIMMER isn’t your typical alpha male. He’s a nice guy who loves his mother and he’s not homeless, but he certainly doesn’t drive a luxury sedan making a living as a professional athlete in an emerging sport. In the super spicy Love in the Labyrinths stories, DANGEROUS DESCENT and THE UNSEEN, the characters are hacking their way through the jungle with machetes and exploring caves, so any female reader craving scenes where the gals wear silk dresses and diamond necklaces and enjoy candlelight dinners might find these cave adventures a little off-putting, while gals who crave outdoor adventure will thrive off of the adrenaline rush!
3) Why do I write what I do? Inspiration drives my writing. I travel to a place and decide a book has to happen here. I read an article about someone and add him as a partial ingredient to a character. I am captivated by a painting and think of a story idea. For me, stories can’t be forced. They just suddenly come to me – in the car, in the middle of the night, while I’m taking a walk. I tend not to write strict outlines – I’m more of a pantser. An idea pops into my head and I think about it for a few days and then sit in front of the computer and run with it and see where the characters take me.
4) How does your writing process work? Once I have a story idea, I try to be very disciplined. I usually write in the mornings when I’m most productive. Doing complex tasks first always yields me the best word counts in a day.
5) Who will we meet next week? I am super excited to introduce you to three of my fellow Extasy Authors, Ellen Cross, Tianna Xander, and Cynthianna Matthews. They will be posting about their writing on Monday, March 31. Please download their books today and mark your calendars so you can read what they have to say next week!
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