How appropriate for April. At the invitation of Sally Carpenter, author of “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper” (see her post at http://sandyfairfaxauthor.com) I am participating in a Blog Hop (springtime name for a Blog Tour) with other authors. I’m not wearing an Easter bonnet while writing this. But today the weather is so lovely; I’ll be tucking away my winter clothes soon.
Be sure to hop on over to the blogs of other authors who will also post the answers to these questions. You’ll learn about some wonderful writers and their books:
Rachel E. Moniz, http://rachelemoniz.blogspot.com
Amy M. Reade, http://amreade.wordpress.com
Following are my answers to the questions about our writing.
- What I am working on now:Magazine articles, stories, blog posts, and social media updates are fun to write and to read, but they take lots of time. My happiest hours right now are spent revising my first mystery novel. It’s not my first revision or even my seventh, but this is the last one before submission for publication.
CATastrophic Connections is a cozy mystery. Landlady Beth and Sylvester, nicknamed Psycho Cat, become allies. They track down a missing person, seek to disprove an embezzlement allegation, and test their sleuthing abilities and courage while trying to catch a killer. The action takes place in Kansas City and the Virgin Islands. The klutzy little landlady, Beth, must navigate through a maze of corruption and threats unlike anything she’s ever seen, even on television. Psycho Cat takes it all in stride.
Beth and the kitty find themselves challenged again in a second book, FURtive Investigation. I wrote it while CAtastrophic Connections took a cat nap on an acquisitions editor’s in-box for several months last year. Now, with that editor’s suggestions, books, classes, and the help of my wonderful writing group, I’m ready to put my sleuths out there.
- How my writing is different from others of the same genre:My settings and the profession of my amateur sleuth give readers a new, fun place and charming characters to follow. Many of my scenes are based upon “Wow, no way,” stories I’ve been told. The story is delicious. The characters are sweet, sour, spicy, bitter, or putrid. But they are never bland.
- Why I write what I do:My writing goals are to inform and to entertain. Most of my stories have a humorous component—both for enjoyment and to make lessons fun. I craft each piece with an audience in mind. My mystery series is for people who, like me, enjoy losing themselves in an adventure in an unfamiliar locale. I hope readers will like Beth and her family and want to laugh, cry, be scared, and spy with them in future books.
- How my writing process works:I come up with a main idea, how the piece will begin, and how it will end. Usually, I scratch notes in my notebook or on pieces of paper while I ride in the car, wait for an appointment, or sit at the kitchen table.
After a basic outline of my story is in place, I begin writing. When I’m stuck, I take a break and play scenes in my head before I go back to the computer.
My first drafts are terrible, but I embrace revision. It’s like working a puzzle–I look at it from all angles until I figure it out the best I can.