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So…I’m pretty excited about this Writing Process Blog Hop! It’s so fascinating to see all the different approaches that authors take when writing and researching their work. Without further ado, let’s begin!

What Am I Working On?

I don’t know about you guys, but I am SO excited for Vivian’s novella that Kate is working on! Vivian’s character just amazes me. She’s got so many levels, and she always surprises me, even though I feel like I know her almost as well as my own character (I write Parker, in case you didn’t know). So while Kate is working on that, I am working on the first chapter of our second book in the Pistils series! The outlining process has been a true test of my patience, because words cannot express how excited I am to just write write write write WRITE! However, I wouldn’t be doing our story or characters any justice by diving right in. Everything needs to be laid out and planned, and that is one of my weaknesses because I’m too eager to get all up in the depth of whatever it is I’m working on!

How Does My Work Differ From Others of Its Genre?

One thing is for sure about our novel (and Kate will be addressing this very issue in a future blog post), it’s just so hard to classify! The three genres Pistils fits into is Mystery, Private Investigation, and Romance. I think what differentiates our book from others in those genres is that the real focus is not necessarily the whodunnit aspect of the story, but the relationships developed throughout. The bond our two girls have, the pain they’ve experienced in the past that brought them to where they are today, and all the new adventures that are yet to come is what really sucks our readers in. Yes, the mystery aspect is very important to us and to our storyline, but at the end of the day, for me, my favorite thing is to see Parker and Vivian just being themselves. That’s what makes you care so much about where exactly their story is headed. As far as the romance genre is concerned, well, sometimes with our writing styles, less can certainly be more. 😉

Why Do I Write What I Write?

With our current project aside, I must admit that I sometimes write to my mood. That’s honestly how many of my works have begun. If one day I’m feeling particularly lovey-dovey, an idea will pop into my head and them BAM, I’m writing the sweetest damn love story you’ll ever read. The next day, even if I’m not feeling what I was when I first began it, I end up becoming so invested that I’m driven to keep on going, regardless of how I feel. However, when it comes to co-writing with Kate, we could write instruction manuals together and it would still be the time of my life. I don’t know what it is that makes us work so well together, or what causes our writing voices to coincide so perfectly. Whatever it is, this has been a partnership made in Heaven, and I am so excited to continue working with one of my dearest friends for many more years to come!

How Does Your Writing Process Work?

Like I mentioned earlier, in the past I’ve been known to have zero patience. I get so wrapped up with the ideas in my head that I need to get it into a Word Doc before I explode! It really feels that way. Once the story is developed in my mind and I have the general idea conceived, it’s go time. I’ve been working hard to change my ways, to process and plan and outline so I don’t get five chapters in and say “Uhhhh…now what?” It’s definitely been a challenge, but trying a new approach (and admittedly a better approach) is really broadening my ability as a writer. So while I still have the urge to write it all NAOW, I’ve been able to take a step back and realize that slow and steady wins the race!

Tag People!

Hmmmm….Red Rover, Red Rover, send Damyanti and Hayley over!!!

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