I was invited to participate in the #MyWritingProcess blog tour, which is a chain-letter style blogging tour where authors answer four questions about the writing process, then pass the torch on to three more writers. Thanks to my friend Diana Urban for inviting me to join the tour! A few months ago I read Diana’s fantastic query for her YA Thriller STEALING PARIS, and shortly afterwards she signed with literary agent Louise Fury! I can’t wait to read her awesome book.
So, here’s the Q&A:
1. What am I working on?
I just signed with my agent Jim McCarthy a few weeks ago, so up Friday I was working on his first round of notes for CAPTIVE. Now that I’ve finished them, I’m getting ready to send my draft to the lovely Rebecca Enzor, who is going to beta read for me. In the meantime, I’m CPing for Juliana Brandt and working with my own editorial clients. To hear more about those services, click here.
Besides that, Patrick and I have been unpacking our new apartment in Brooklyn. We absolutely love the space, and we feel EXTREMELY lucky to have found a place with so many closets! The next step is buying flowers for the front yard 🙂
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
To quote Diana’s post on STEALING PARIS, most YA Thrillers are dystopias, fantasy/paranormal, or take place in your average high school. Mine, however, has a more psychological bent to it. Here’s the pitch:
Having stolen money from her pimp, seventeen-year-old Ginger needs protection now. Good thing her neighbor’s door is always open. But when southern hospitality takes a turn for the strange and sickening, Ginger must escape the one house she thought would keep her safe.
My book is also on the adult side of YA–probably for mature teens and adults, as opposed to MG kids reading up and younger YA. Not only is Ginger working as prostitute when the book opens, but she’s dealing with lot of heady issues–separation from her family, running for her life, and not knowing who to trust. There’s a big twist too…but I don’t want to spoil it for you 😉
3. Why do I write what I do?
CAPTIVE is my first Thriller, but I have a feeling that the fast paced style and the exciting cliffhangers, combined with the strong characters and dynamic settings are going to lure me back in for another someday in the future. In the meantime, I intend on taking the lessons I’ve learned writing CAPTIVE an applying them to my future books. Afterall, not only Thrillers benefit from a kick ass cliffhanger!
4. How does my writing process work?
Each book has unfolded differently, but the one thing they’ve all had in common is an outline. Sometimes they’re very detailed from the beginning–I see the whole book unfolding before my eyes–and other times I only know how I want it to start and end. I usually write the first few pages/first chapter, then return to the outline and add new information, since actually writing in the character’s voice helps clarify the plot. I continue this way–writing a little, editing my outline, writing a lot, revising the outline–all the way through the book. However, I rarely stick 100% to my outline. Like Captain Barbosa says in Pirates of the Caribbean says..
And that’s it!
Up next on the #MyWritingProcess blog tour:
Juliana is a fiction writer hailing from the great state of Minnesota, although she now lives in the South. She’s represented by dream-agent Emmanuelle Morgen of the Stonesong literary agency. She’s currently working on two novels, one of which I have the priviledge of reading right now! To learn more, check out her blog next Monday! You can also find her on Twitter: @julianalbrandt. and Facebook.
Kiersi is a writer/copywriter/awesome person living in Portland, OR. She writes everything from young adult and middle-grade novels to childrens’ picture books, women’s fiction to epic sci-fi, fantasy to genre-bending short stories, and everything in between. She once wrote me an absolutely wonderful short story on her typewriter, and I have it framed in my living room at this very moment. Make sure to check in with her on Tuesday of next week to find out more about her writing process. You can find her blog here and you have follow her on Twitter here.
I love Rebecca Enzor! Now that that’s out of the way, Rebecca is a nuclear chemist living in Charleston, SC who writes young adult and new adult fiction. Is that cool or what?! Rebecca is currently revising her YA Fantasy (one that I hope to beta read in the coming months!). To learn more about her project and her writing process, visit her blog (here) on June 2 and follow her on Twitter.
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