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My writing process
- What am I working on?
Well, a few things, though I focus better when I just concentrate on one 😛
I have about a third of the way to go with ‘Wild Summer’ a spin off sequel to my novel ‘This is Not a Love Story’ (due to be published in May). One of the side characters, Crash, was a favourite of mine when writing ‘This is Not a Love Story’ and I knew he deserved his own story- in fact he has requested it a few times now.
I am also thinking hard about a partially completed novel I have called ‘All Cats Are Grey’ which is a YA gay romance about love, autism and synesthesia. This one is my experimental write.
- How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I have no idea really. I am inspired by many great authors- some who write in this genre and some who don’t.
I write YA or NA contemporary romance. I don’t do school/college stories and often my characters have problems that they have no control over, be they physical or mental.
I strive to create original story lines and I’d hate to be predictable.
I just want to show whatever the situation, however dire the circumstance, love will out, you know, it will conquer. I want to write stories that give hope for everyone looking for a love story.
- Why do I write what I do?
I started off writing horror when I was younger, but love stories have always resonated with me as a reader and when I started to write them I knew I had found my groove. My first ones always had gender ambiguous characters. But when I started to write gay characters it just felt right. These were the love stories I wanted to tell. These were the love stories in my head.
- How does my writing process work?
I’ll have a vague idea for a story, or just a title sometimes (I love thinking up titles). I’ll always see the where I’m headed (the direction I want the ending to go in) and I’ll start. I don’t generally plan until I’ve got the voice/tone of the story right and that takes a few chapters for me to be sure. Then I’ll write until I run out of steam a bit and do some planning. Most of the time I write with what can feel like a lack of awareness of what I am doing, if I plan too meticulously it seems to kill my inspiration.
‘This is Not a Love Story’ (due to be published end of May 2014) began with my desire to write a love story about two homeless boys. It wasn’t planned until perhaps two thirds of the way through and then I wrote this page of note (that I found only recently and laughed at) but I stayed pretty true to it. The characters knew where they were headed and that was enough. I often find my subconscious is much cleverer than my conscious mind 😛
‘Skeleton’ (due to be published Oct/Nov 2014) was written after I got back off holiday camping in France. We always meet a lot of Dutch people on the campsite so that inspired Jan’s character, a Dutch MC whose trust has been badly wounded by a past betrayal.
Check out Raine O’Tierney next week for one of the next stops on the Blog Hop.