Writing Process Blog Hop

I was asked to participate in this blog hop by the lovely Toni of My Book Addiction. Not only does Toni write wonderful reviews of books, but she’s also working on some books of her own that I hope to read one day (Soon, right Toni?).

And the hysterically funny Tracey Ward also tagged me. So go by and say hi to her or pick up one of her books. I know I’m always glad I did.

Anyway, here goes:

1. What am I working on?

Right now I’m finishing up And After, book two in my zombie apocalypse series, Until the End of the World. While I’ve been waiting for edits I’ve gotten down a tiny bit of book three, All the Stars in the Sky.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My books focus more on relationships and love–both romantic and platonic–than many other zombie books. My zombies are a catalyst that moves the story along, but anyone looking for tons of gore or military-type action is going to be disappointed.

3. Why do I write what I write?

I love the post-apocalyptic world. In books and movies, of course, since I think the reality would be so much more terrifying than we can really imagine. I read Malevil when I was a kid, and along with The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (which probably started me on my love of food storage), I was hooked.

I write about Zombies because they’re relentless, yet emotionless, and that makes them terrifying. There are so many ways that they can ruin the day of a character, and it’s fun to use them to push the story where I want it to go (or have them push back and send me in a direction I wasn’t planning on).

4. How does my writing process work?

I let my first draft come out with hardly any editing, changing major plot points as needed. I might look back and cringe, but I keep writing, knowing that no one except me will ever see that first draft. It allows me to plow ahead and not get stuck trying to perfect every chapter, which would probably result in my never getting past chapter three. I write scenes out of order, I wrote the epilogue to book 3 before starting book 2, and I don’t use an outline, although I usually have plot ideas jotted down in a computer file. I write and rewrite scenes in my mind, which means my head is up in the clouds much of the time. 🙂

After the first draft, I take a break from the manuscript (usually a month or six weeks). The first draft looks almost like new after a long break, and I’m better able to see the areas that need changing. After draft 2, or even 2.5, I send it to my first readers and fix any plot and character issues/typos that they or I have found. Then my husband/editor works his magic. He says there isn’t much to do at this point, but he’s an amazing critical reader (as well as a grammatical wizard), and he makes the book so much better, in my opinion. I go through one more time, have a few people proofread, and then it’s done.

Easy-peasy! No, not so much, but I love the entire process.

Here are a couple of writers I’ve nominated for the blog hop:

Glyn Gardner

Glyn Gardner grew up in the suburbs of Dallas. He attended Southwest Texas State (now Texas State University) and majored in Law enforcement.  He joined the Army as a medic in the 1990’s, and traveled the world

He met his wife in 2000 on the internet, who’s active duty air force, and they married in 2001. They’ve been to South Dakota (where Glyn graduated nursing school) and Alaska. They have two sons and currently live outside of Shreveport, Louisiana where Glyn has worked as an ER nurse for about 3 years.

Visit Glyn’s blog!

Lindsey Fairleigh

Lindsey Fairleigh lives her life with one foot in a book–as long as that book transports her to a magical world or bends the rules of science. Her novels, from post-apocalyptic to time travel and historical fantasy, always offer up a hearty dose of unreality, along with plenty of adventure and romance. When she’s not working on her next novel, Lindsey spends her time reading and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. She lives in the Napa Valley with her loving husband and confused cats.

Visit Lindsey’s blog!

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