The lovely Yvonne Ventresca of PANDEMIC (releasing tomorrow from Sky Pony Press!) generously asked me to take part in the Sucker Literary Magazine Blog Hop about the writing process. Yvonne's novel is much-anticipated (and even my tiny local library is psyched about it).
1.) What am I working on?
I'm currently working on several things: a brand new paranormal series that's closer to the 13 TO LIFE series than to the WEATHER WITCH series; a series of short paranormal stories that connect very closely with a class I just took (if you've friended me on Facebook you've seen some things that'll be incorporated into it); a picture book (working title "Pet Project") with a singer-songwriter whose career has been lengthy and international; and art for a juried show I was accepted into for September.
2.) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
The YA genre is so large it frequently feels like we're all swimming in the same waters and differences there can be subtle. But my paranormal novels incorporate not only my personal voice and perspective but the book research I do is secondary to personal experience in many ways.
3.) Why do I write what I do?
I've always written, I love history, psychology, legends and lore, and, with these current projects I'm drawing more from some truly bizarre situations that happened to me--situations I've wanted to use as inspiration but that were difficult to discuss.
4.) How does my writing process work?
Awkwardly? Every book I've written includes a somewhat different process. My process's similarities usually involve my use of index cards, notebooks including sketches and notes in a variety of colors, character worksheets, maps, and magazine and newspaper clippings that somehow connect to character, setting or story.
Visualization is a very important part to my process--I look and listen for the characters and the story, jot down notes, consider order and pacing, and then I write a rough draft as quickly as I can to outrun my internal editor. I give the rough draft a little break so I can approach it with fresh eyes and then I do some revisions and call on beta readers. They give me input and I weigh it all very carefully and adjust things accordingly.