My buddy Debra Kayn (who writes awesome biker romances) asked me to be part of this blog hop. According to the rules, I have to talk about my work and then pass the baton on to a few chosen authors. So let’s get started:
(1) What am I working on?
I’m always working on fiction, nonfiction book editing, and various and sundry other projects but right this minute I am working on a project called The Writer’s Grimoire, which is designed to help people break through barriers in the creative process.
(2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I like to say that I tell the truth but in an affirming way. I’m not big on platitudes that no one over the age of eight can actually believe, but I also don’t think life is all doom and despair. There is joy even in the hardest parts.
(3)Why do I write what I do?
For my fiction, I write what I would like to read, work that gives me pleasure and gives me something to think about. For my nonfiction, it’s a way of helping me figure out my own problems. I like to share whatever solution or knowledge I come up with. For the stories about my daughter, I wanted to share what it is like to raise a child who has many challenges. I wanted to be honest about the heartbreak and the tough times but I never wanted people to think it was all heartbreak and tough times. I hear from so many parents who say, “Yes, this.” Even when their situation is totally different from mine. I’m glad that I can be a point of connection.
(4) How does your writing process work?
I was just talking to a buddy the other day about how terrible my first drafts are. I’m a reviser, that’s for sure. But I almost always have a clear game plan. And then I just sit in the damned chair and do it, no excuses. But that’s a habit that takes work to develop and I admit that now and then I do wander off to play with someone’s dog.
Okay, now to tag the writers I’m passing the baton to:
Marcia Layton Turner – a fellow freelancer who writes a lot about business and personal finance. I just popped over to her website and smiled to see that we’ve appeared in some of the same consumer magazines!
Katie Kenyhercz – a fellow romance writer who writes about supersexy hockey players. I love writing romance because I get to meet some of the most fun, amazing people!
Karen Bannan – a fellow freelancer who, I just realized, I’ve been acquainted with for most of her career. She writes about lifestyle, business, health and fitness, and a few other categories for some major publications.