I've been tagged! The Writing Process Blog Tour has been going around for a while, and I was lucky enough to catch wind of it and be tagged by the lovely Susan Adrian.
I don't know Susan personally, but I've been following her on Twitter for years and our exchanges are always fantastic. She's made me laugh and she's taught and turned me on to things that are helpful as both a writer and as a person.
Susan's debut novel, a YA thriller, TUNNEL VISION, is coming out with Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press in Winter 2015. She is also the leader of the Fearless Fifteeners, a group of middle grade and young adult authors debuting in 2015.
Susan answered these questions last week, and now it's my turn.
What am I working on?
I'm currently working on a fantasy adventure novel about Felix, an elf who's been chosen by the mystics of his kingdom to stop their world from being consumed by an ancient evil.
In addition, I continue to update my website, Drink-matron.com, on a weekly basis. We focus on cocktail recipes, the history of alcohol, and fun alcohol news.
I also have several short stories in the works, and am editing a mystery novella I wrote about five years ago and have only recently dusted off.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
In WWGR, Felix is not the main hero, but he doesn't know that, and neither does anyone else.
Why do I write what I do?
When it comes to fiction, I write what speaks to me. That's why I could never classify my genre. This week I'm writing a fantasy adventure, next week I could be writing a horror. It all depends on the ideas I feel the closest to.
As far as drink writing, I do that because I enjoy it. The community of beer, wine, and cocktail writers is diverse and wonderful, and despite the light subject matter, most of them take it seriously without being too pretentious. I stopped doing it for about a year and I missed it every day. So really, that's why. Because I really love it.
I think that's the reason I write, in general. I love it. It's the best feeling in the world - creating, writing, getting lost in your mind.
How does my writing process work?
After that, I just write until I can't write anymore. Sometimes this is one sentence, sometimes its nine pages. I like to keep a writing goal of about 1000 words a day, but sometimes that's impossible. Some days nothing comes, and that's okay.
Next up is Becky Wallace!
Becky's debut novel, THE STORYSPINNER, will be published by Simon & Schuster in March of 2015. It's a magical adventure in which a case of mistaken identity exposes a young performer to a danger she could have never imagined and a secret her father died to protect.