We all love the game of tag, or at least we used to as children—racing around the yard, trying to avoid being tagged “It”. Well, as adults we play a different kind of tag—it’s just as fun, although it burns a lot few calories. That’s the kind of tag where a friend tags us to do something or share something.
I’ve been tagged in an author blog hop! My friend Nancy Campbell Allen was tagged, and she’s tagged me! (By the way, check out her stuff—she writes great stories!) This is a fun way for us to share information about our writing, as well as to spotlight other authors. So here goes:
What are you working on now?
I recently released After, which is a follow-up story to my Parallel Trilogy. Now I’m working on another follow-up book called The Other Morgan. For those of you who have read the Parallel Trilogy, that title will make total sense, but if you haven’t, get reading 🙂
Why do you write what you do?
I once read a quote from Benjamin Disraeli that explains it perfectly: “When I want to read a good book, I write one.” In other words, I write what I love to read. I just hope others love it too! I feel extremely blessed to have the job that I have. As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved to read, and for the last 14 years (off and on) I’ve been writing my own stories. Exactly one year ago I was able to quit my day job to write full-time. I never dreamed that would happen, and I’m thankful everyday.
The reason I began writing the stories I write is because I love suspense, but I really dislike all the profanity that’s so typical in that genre. I wanted to read exciting and suspenseful stories where I didn’t have to mentally bleep out swear words, so I decided to write clean suspense!
How does your writing process work?
Like I said in an earlier post, I’m a total pantser, which means I don’t outline. I start with an idea, think about a character, have a vague notion of how the story should end, and then I just go for it. For example, with the Parallel Trilogy I wondered what it would be like if being overweight was illegal. Originally the story was just going to be one book, but when I got to a certain point in the story, I realized it was much more involved than that. The entire trilogy is about 900 pages, so you can see that one book was unrealistic.
My subconscious must know what’s going to happen though, because I published each book before I had any idea what was going to happen in the next book, but somehow it all comes together. I love when that happens!