Here, I’m responding to the same four questions, and then I’m introducing three more authors who will post their answers to these questions next week. We should end up with quite the collection of writerly thoughts! Here goes--
What am I working on?
I’m currently writing the sequel to COMPASS NORTH, titled A LATE HARD FROST. We are back in Homer, Alaska, and most of the characters from my first book have returned. Cassandra finds herself in a most terrifying situation... Of course some new characters make an appearance too, including a very creepy stalker. Who is he? What does he want, and what will he do to get it? Stay tuned--
I’m also working on a long non-fiction piece tentatively called “My Training Wheels Book.” I talk about all I’ve experienced and learned writing my first book, having it published, and what came after that.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Perhaps COMPASS NORTH is different because it is hard to pigeon-hole. It spans genres. You could put it in any of the following categories: romantic suspense, mainstream fiction, women’s fiction, mystery/suspense, Alaska fiction. It probably fits in other categories too.
Why do I write what I do?
I’ve always enjoyed stories about personal reinvention, about people who grab hold of their lives and struggle to escape hardship and unhappiness. It is so fulfilling to get to know a character who is bound and determined to push towards a better future. And I love to write about Alaska. I lived there for decades and it is a unique, challenging and beautiful place. Visit the Homer, Alaska page on my website to see some amazing pictures.
How does my writing process work?
It’s chaos. Ideas stream in and out of my head. I write scenes out of order. I make an outline and then take a right turn away from it. I can spend two hours on one paragraph, and it’s not always the better for it. Mostly, I try very hard to hear and write down the stories that are tumbling around my head. I don’t recommend this way of writing to anyone else, but I’m stuck with it.
And now, let’s meet the three authors who will post their answers on April 28. Please visit their blogs next week and find out what they have to say about “My Writing Process.”
First, please meet Olga Godim.
Olga Godim is a freelance writer and journalist from Vancouver,
Canada. Her articles appear regularly in local newspapers but her
passion is fantasy fiction. She reads it and she writes it. Her first
sword-and-sorcery fantasy novel "Almost Adept" was released in Jan
2014. Her second fantasy novel "Eagle En Garde", set in the same
world, is coming out in May. She also recently published a collection
of urban fantasy short stories "Squirrel of Magic". All the stories
take place in her home town - Vancouver, Canada. In her free time, she
collects toy monkeys and writes book reviews.
Her website http://olgagodim.wordpress.com/ offers some freebies,
including a translation from Russian of one of the most beloved books
in Russian literature - the novella "Scarlet Sails" by Alexander Grin.
David is a U.S.A. Combat veteran who has always dreamed of being an author. David tells us about himself: "Now that I have my series started it feels like I'm living the dream! My first book 'Society's Fall' is available in many formats in more than one place, check out my website for details. www.davidallenmcnutt.com I also have begun doing reviews for other authors and blogging on my website as well. If anyone is interested in a feature in one way or another please feel free to contact me at authordavidmcnutt.com. "
Best-selling Historical Romance author Mary McCall has been telling stories all her life. Now she writes humorous and adventurous historical romances set mainly in the medieval Highlands and England; she was fortunate to have three novels on the Amazon bestseller list at one time. She is a member of Romance Writers of America; Founding President and Member of Hearts Through History Romance Writers; member of Celtic Hearts Romance Writers; member of The Golden Network; member of River City Romance Writer; member of Faith, Hope & Love, Inc.; and member of Savvy Authors. She loves history, has a particular fondness for the Greek through Medieval periods, and is glad research for her books has finally utilized her ability to speak Latin. She resides in Memphis, Tennessee with her Maltese, Regina Catarina, who runs the apartment. Visit her website www.marymccall.net .