Introducing the hop:
Writer’s write, that’s what we do. Find out why and how in this new Blog Hop for 2014:
Hello! And welcome to my spot on the 2014 Writing Process Blog Spot!
Huuuuge thanks to J.R. Richardson, my beautiful and talented friend Jo for linking me into this hop! And a quick plug for her book. . . just because I am super excited to read it and I want you to read it to. . . Cursed be the Wicked comes out the first week in March. You can pop over to Jo’s Blog here to find out more.
Anyway, back to the hop. We have been asked four questions about how and why we write. So here it goes, and in true Anna Bloom style I will try and keep it honest!
1) What am I working on right now
Well now. . . I am kind of in-between projects, which in many ways is great but in many others, really bloody annoying.
Let me explain. I’ve just finished Gone – my New Adult novel and I have sent it to my beta readers so, I am waiting with baited breath while I find out if it is any good or not! I’ve been fiddling with a final blurb… messing about with the editing, that kind of thing, but I am trying very hard not to fiddle. It’s kind of hard. When I finish writing a book I get the worst writing hangover, the characters really linger in my mind, and this is normally when I start dreaming up ideas for a sequel.
I guess that this is a great opportunity to announce that Gone will have a sequel. Home will be released probably next spring, and I am rather excited to take the story to the next level.
I gave away a little Gone teaser on Valentines Day from Bex’s POV but especially for this blog hop I am going to give away a little more from Joshua’s perspective.
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Walking down the lane from the pub I decide to take a detour to the beach. The light is fading but it is just enough that I can make my way down the path without landing on my face.
I spend a lot of time at the beach at night. This isn’t like the beach in Newquay which is filled with drunks every night attempting to get it on. Our quiet beach in St Agnes is perfect for a solitary ten minutes. If I go home now I know Aunt May will be twitching around me like she has the last half a year. She doesn’t know what to say to help my get out of the ‘phase’ I’m going through. Six months in, I think we can rule out the chance of it being a phase. This is just me. I’m a guy without a plan. Aunt May tries, but having her wandering around wringing her hands, asking me every three minutes if I’m hungry and need some food is not a relaxing way to spend an evening.
I walk down onto the sand and see someone sitting on my rock. That’s just plain rude, everyone knows it’s mine.
I edge myself closer, slipping off my flip flops, sinking my toes into the cool sand, as I walk down the beach trying to get close enough to investigate without being seen.
It’s her. The holiday maker.
I want to move my feet in the opposite direction but they won’t listen. Instead I stand there, looming behind her on the sand, like an axe murderer.
“I can see your silhouette in the sand.”
“What are you doing?” On my rock?
“Thinking. What are you doing?”
“Yes it is.”
I stand there like a turd working out what to say next. “Nice bangles.”
“Why so many.”
“None of your business dreadlock boy.”
“Well you’re a charmer aren’t you?”
“I was sitting here first. You’re the one with the stalking, stealth-like sand walk.”
“It’s my rock.”
It’s my rock? It’s my rock? Really. . .?
She does not say anything. Let’s be realistic, there is not much to say to that comment. She just sits there looking out to the sea, and I stand there my feet sunk into the cool sand.
“I like your dreadlocks,” she says finally after an age has passed.
“Thanks. They’re a lifestyle choice.”
She turns to look at me and for a moment, just one brief moment my mind swirls with colours. The make-up is gone and the waning sun illuminates her skin.
I should walk away. I don’t talk to holiday makers unless I’m taking their money in the shop.
Instead I fold my legs and sit on the sand, my fingers automatically picking up a splinter of driftwood, I cast my eyes up at the sun and then I start to draw.
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2) How does my work differ from others in the genre?
Ooh, well this is a bit of a tricky question. Um. Well. Uh. . .
Okay, I think my work differs from others in the genre, because where a lot of NA is very much sex on the page, and sex first story after, I personally have a bit of trouble crafting a story like that. I always try and keep my stories character driven. Even Gone which is ever so slightly sexier than The Uni File Series, I still concentrate on the dialogue and motion of the plot and only add the other (squishy) stuff if I think the story warrants it.
3) Why do I write what I do
I love writing stories, scenes even, that I know I expect to effect the reader in a certain way. When I was writing The Art of Letting Go I knew there were certain moments that really made me feel something deep. Finding out that it effects others the same way gives me more satisfaction than I ever thought possible. That is why I write what I do. It is very empowering. Very.
4) How does my writing process work
It involves a lot of pacing. A lot of singing. A lot of daydreaming, and a lot of middle of the night epiphanies.
Now for my Author Linkypoos
I get to chose three authors whose work I think you should read.
First up has to be Laura Beege.
Laura’s novel These Things About Us made me insanely jealous because I wished I’d written it, and I am not teasing with this statement. I read These Things About Us in one night, I literally could not put it down. I am so glad I am friends with her now because then I won’t have to lock her in a cupboard before her next book comes out.
You can find Laura’s blog here and I know I can’t wait to read her answers next week.
Next is Kellie Wallace
Kellie writes a such vast range of books, I don’t know how she manages it! To mix genre’s like that is a skill I could never learn. My Aussie writer buddy will be posting her four answers next week here and I am hoping she is going to reveal the secret of how she does it.
Last up is Patricia W. Fischer
Firstly Patricia writes about cowboys! Sorry let me say that again, Patricia writes about HOT COWBOYS – so that is an instant plus in my view. Secondly, Patricia has had the most amazing journey to becoming a writer. . . waitress. . . bartender. . . bill-collector. . . bank teller . . . clerk at Blockbuster Video . . . dishwasher . . . prep-cook. . . a wanna be crypto-zoologist. . . pediatric and adult trauma/critical care nurse for 10 years. . . AND THEN FINALLY A WRITER! Wow! With experience like that Patricia has a lot to base her book on!
You can link up with Patricia’s answers next week here.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my insight into my writing process.