I was recently invited by Melissa Barker-Simpson of http://mbarkersimpson.wordpress.com as well as Johnny Ojanpera of http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com to participate in a Blog Tour. This is something new for me and sounds perfectly wonderful (well, at least to me!) What a delightful way to get to know a few other writers; to share the wealth of Inspiration. Of course I am honoured and excited to join in the fun. All I need do is answer four questions and then invite three other people to take part.
So, let’s dive right in, shall we, with the questions:
Why do I write what I do? I love words and tend to write what comes, which can be anything from poetry to Sci-Fi, to Regency Period Drama, to Spirituality, to humour, BUT since I have been leaning towards the Fantasy genre lately I will say that the draw is found in the freedom to create a world to my own specifications. I can do whatever I want (more or less,) without having to undertake hours of research; I can create the rules as I go along and bend them at will, and that liberty is appealing because I let my imagination run free.
How does my writing process work? I tend to let the story tell itself, meaning that I am not much of a planner. I start out with an idea or topic upon which I should like to write and go from there, which can be as invigorating as it can be limiting. As I write, the story develops and I will then stop and ask myself relevant questions: Why did he do that? What are the underlying reasons for her actions? Are they hiding something? I think in terms of what I might see in a movie, actually. What is going to make this scene interesting? How am I going to relate this experience without boring the reader? Where is the unexpected plot twist going to lead? If it’s fun for me to write, then it should be fun to read; conversely, if I’m bored, then the reader will be asleep!
How does my work differ from other genres? I’m not entirely sure how to answer this one, really, without sounding self-promoting (but maybe that’s the point?) What makes my writing different? What do I bring to the table that others don’t? Perhaps it’s the style I seem to be developing for myself; one of lyrical grace, of beautiful description that draws the reader into the scene and a gentle, almost musical flow, regardless of whether I am writing a love scene or a fierce battle. One of my rules, however, is that I will never write anything that would be inappropriate for any age reader; I want my writing to appeal to the young and the old(er), so I do, as a general rule, avoid the use of profanity and explicit sex. In these instances I follow the “less is more” philosophy because I believe there are plenty of other ways to get those messages across. (but I digress…)
What am I working on at the moment? Well, to be honest, I’m working on several things (which is often counter-productive). I have begun work on Book Two of the Dark Fey series and I am also continuing a Regency Period drama/romance that has been my labour of love for many years. I am also working on a marketing plan for Dark Fey; I am testing the waters with an agent to find publishers and seek financial support; I am broadening my social media horizons; keeping up with my blog Booknvolume.com; and working a full time job. Yes, it’s been a bit insane lately, but I’m learning to keep my balance and focus where it needs to be so that I am ready for the Blessings the future shall bring. Faith at Work.
But enough about me! These fine writers (I know, there are more than three, but in this case More is Better than Less is More!) are my nominees to carry the blog tour forward, friends whose writing inspires me and whom I would smilingly encourage to take part and share their story as well.
Peter Notehelfer of http://notehelfer.wordpress.com
Richard Ankers of http://richardankers.com
Line of http://pathsofthespirit.wordpress.com
Audrey Dawn of http://oldestdaughterredheadedsister.com
Thank You to Melissa and Johnny for their invitation. I enjoyed this entirely.
Many Blessings and Joyful Inspiration to All ~