Today is Blog Tour Day. This blog tour is where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process. My friend Joanna Lloyd posted hers last week. She has written two wonderful historical romances Beyond Innocence and Shadow Beneath the Sea. You can check out her writing process here: Joanna Lloyd - Author of Historical Romance.
What am I working on?
I am always working on multiple projects. Currently, I am revising LILY'S LEAP, my romantic romp through nineteenth century Australia. It will be re published in the middle of next year. I am also editing JAZZ BABY. It's a 1920s romance set in Sydney against the backdrop of the rough and tumble world ruled by the Madams of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills. I'm really excited about it especially as I have been asked to write a sequel. And then there's my family saga FROM THE OCEAN TO THE OUTBACK. Book I is written and strangely Book III. I hope to make a start on Book II after Christmas. Then there are the sequels to MATILDA'S FREEDOM and LILY'S LEAP - Hannah and Beth's stories.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I like to write Australian historical romance, and contemporary romance. With the exception of A WINNING STREAK, my take on the myth of Atalante, all my books are set in NSW, several in Wollombi my home town and of course Sydney, my old stamping ground. TREE CHANGE is a coastal romance set on the NSW Central Coast and in Sydney and THE PROTEA BOYS a rural romance very loosely set in Wollombi and on the old protea farm I once owned!
Why do I write what I do?
I write contemporary and historical romance set in Australia mostly because I LOVE living in Australia and I like to share this wide brown land I have made my home. As time goes on I'm leaning more towards historical romance however my family saga FROM THE OCEAN TO THE OUTBACK will span the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty first century - unless...see the next question.
How does your writing process work?
I was a total pantser, I did not plan a thing. As time has gone on I have developed this hybrid kind of style. I 'pant' the first three or four chapters then take a long hard look at what I have written and make a rough plan. Then I make a mind map/draft of where I think the story will go. Write some more and repeat the process. When I'm writing a historical romance obviously there's a bit more research and checking (I LOVE research, too)and sometimes that affects the plot. I'm very fortunate to have a couple of great critic partners and a long suffering daughter who listens to my mad ideas.
Once the first draft is down I edit and edit and edit....and send chapter by chapter to my CP.
My ideas seem to come from strange places and usually begin with the setting. I work in the local museum every few weeks and MATILDA'S FREEDOM definitely started there. PASSIONFRUIT & POETRY came about because my car broke down and I treated myself to cake and coffee in the local café, aptly named The Queen of Tarts and JAZZ BABY was the result of a visit to a wine bar in Sydney! So now you know all my secrets!
Thanks for stopping by and reading my post!! Have a great Christmas and New Year. You can check out Ann B Harrison, Eva Scott and EE Carter's writing processes on December 30th! Just follow the links below.
Ann B Harrison -
Elizabeth Ellen Carter was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth – but it may have been a pen. Ever since then she has been writing… and writing… and writing.From writing news and feature stories for newspapers to advertising copy (it’s less glamorous than Mad Men) and web site content, she has most recently turned her hand to writing novels in her favourite genre – romance.
Her first novel, Moonstone Obsession was shortlisted for the 2013 Romance Writers Of Australia’s Emerald Awards for unpublished manuscripts. It was published by Etopia Press on October 18, 2013.
She is currently working on her second historical romance set in England in the years after the Conquest of England by William in 1066.
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