Dear Readers

Fear not the Darkness, But What Lies Within, The recesses of our mind, The creepy cobwebbed corners,That lingers on and tickles us,With tingle feelings of alarm, The deep in the stomach, Pain we feel when we do warn, The fear is deadly it seeks, The deepest corner of our mind, It's just a story to alarm,Educate and provide entertainment for our minds. So read on dear reader, I hope you find the stories amusing and full of charm.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

My Writing Process: A Blog Tour

My Writing Process: A Blog Tour

      I was asked to participate in the "Writer's Process Blog Tour" by a wonderful friend, my birthday twin (and #1 bestselling author!) Robert “Sharky” Pruneda,

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Robert Pruneda is best selling author of the Amazon Kindle bestselling horror novel Devil's Nightmare and contemporary family motor sports drama Pursuit of a Dream (Victory Lane: The Chronicles). He lives in south Texas and has called the Lone Star State his home all of his life. Robert Pruneda is also very active in social media and an avid gamer who can often be found fighting side-by-side with his friends on his favorite first-person shooter . . . but he prefers survival horror.

So, what exactly is The Writing Process Blog Tour? It’s pretty straightforward and simple actually. Each author who is invited to participate in the blog tour answers four questions about the writing process. The author then introduces three other authors. The idea is to help readers discover other authors that they may not have known about otherwise.

1.) What Am I Working On?

I recently completed a novel Dreams can Kill and it is now available Amazon #Kindle and Smashwords #Kobo

   Searching to retrieve memories Sharron Alexander, (recovering from a bullet wound to the head) does not know who to trust. As she struggles to recover her assailant’s identity, the assailant plays cat and mouse with her searching to retrieve something else she doesn’t recall. Sharron must fight and remember or she will find out Dreams can Kill.

I am also working on several other things...

i) I am working on the sequel to A Penny Saved a Murder Earned called A Diller a Dollar a Really Dead Scholar

     Lily Kelly, her adopted daughter Rose Brooksfield, her Great-Grandma Katha, and Amelia try to get over their trauma at the hands of a serial killer. Rose tries to overcome the whispers and innuendoes at school by joining in on school events such as basketball and choir. Rose and her friend Carol arrive early to school to participate in choir only to find the choir teacher; Mr. Scholar has been brutally murdered. Rose collapses and is brought to hospital and Lily learns more than she wants to know about Alexander Scholar as she’s drawn into the investigation. Now Lily must help Emmett, and his new partner Kendall Owens, find the killer before he or she, threaten Kelly clan yet again. This book expected out late 2014.

ii.) I am also working on a murder, mystery, paranormal book tentatively called
Third Eye

    Mary Katherine Kendall survived a horrific sinking of the ferry the Victoria on May twenty fourth, 1881 in London, Ontario only to fight back for her health and to find she now sees ghosts. Katherine must now accept the changes in her life. Katherine meets a handsome policeman as ghosts seek her help to solve their problems and murders, and she seeks to hide her abilities from all lest she be judged insane. This book expected out 2018

iii) I am working hard on an idea for a follow up to a diller a dollar which I am outlining before beginning expected out 2015.

2.) How does my work differ from others in the same genre?

I tend to write focus on feelings and have a lot of dialogue. I try to make my readers feel exactly as the characters feel. I know when I read a book the books I have enjoyed the most I have felt like I was right there with the character. If the reader then is anxious to turn that page and find out what will happen next then I have done my job.

3.) Why do I write what I do?
   I feel the need to write stories. I grew up with a grandmother who told stories, a father who told me folklore and war stories, and a mother and siblings who loved to tell a good story. It feels like breathing to create stories. They come to me when I’m at rest, when I’m watching others, when I go to bed at night they whisper to me until I tell the story, or at least outline them. 

4.) How does my writing process work?

   An idea or germ of a story will come to me.  I’ll write small details down about it then I may do some research details to get it started. I’ll write a chapter or two and sometimes set it aside to get some more research /and/ or ideas. I’ll outline the story and then let the story muse take it from there as sometimes that plan may take a fork in the story that just comes to me. I then rework that idea into the story so it all connects. I also write a short story, or two a week to keep the ideas coming. 

The things I always plan are:
i.) How the story will end and how it connects to the rest of the story. You can’t just let something happen out of the blue. If you’ve changed something you have to go back read through and make sure the entire story connects.
ii.) Some kind of conflict for the protagonist that makes you care about, that the reader will care about.
iii.) Someone who can support the protagonist.
iiii.) Happy endings, (yes, I tend to write that way) but don’t always count on a happy ending staying that way.
iiiii.) When I’m writing my series I want my characters to grow and become even more likeable or not likeable.
iiiiii) I'm sure you've heard the old saying 'The devil is in the details'  if a writer writes something minor like eye color, hair color and key names incorrectly the reader will catch it. so I try very hard to keep that from happening by keeping a bible of details especially for my series books.

The hardest part about writing? Taking apart what you've written and editing and then editing some more. It doesn't end when you publish either, you then must market the book and find people to review the book. The real pleasure for me? Knowing someone has read that book and enjoyed it. 

Thank you for taking the time to read about my writing process. So enough about me, here are two other writers you should read about.

1.) Jack D. Albrecht Jr.   on twitter 
Jack D. Albrecht Jr.
Two time  #1 Best-Selling author of Osric's Wand series 
Amazon page

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2.) Nicole Pyles    on twitter      
visit her blog    Nicole Pyles

Author of Underneath My Clothes, I am Naked Too - an incredible book of poetry.

Available for Purchase on Amazon

view her writing habits

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