Blog Hop!

May. 5th, 2014 06:53 pm
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Welcome to the Writing Process Blog Hop! My thanks to Jennifer Stevenson, the author of the Hinky Chicago series, for inviting me! She's written other nifty Romance series, too. I just happen to particularly like the Hinky Chicago set.
http://jenniferstevenson.com

1. At the moment I'm working the first new Deverry novel in some years, A TALENT FOR MAGIC, as well as finishing up the second "Runemaster" book, SORCERER'S FEUD.

2. My books tend to be eccentric compared to other genre books, particularly those books, like the "Runemaster" and the Nola O'Grady books, that fall into the Urban Fantasy sub-genre. I don't write about teenagers, for starters. My characters have family and friends that complicate the plots. And I've never set out to write a "fast fun read." I like to have some meat in a story for readers to chew on.

3. I have no idea why I write what I do. The genre chose me, not vice versa. When I sit down to write, what comes out tends to involves worlds that aren't like ours and characters who do things that would be impossible in real life.

4.My writing process can be rather strange, too. I'm what is called a "discovery writer", that is, when I start a book, I have no outline, no clear idea, even, of what the book will be like. All of my books start with characters talking to me. They only gradually reveal what they're up to. On top of that, I like to weave, that is, when I do get some inkling of what's going to happen later in the book, I jump ahead and write that part out before returning to the straight narrative line. By weaving back and forth, I eventually get a complete first draft that then requires a lot of revision to get into shape. Fortunately, I enjoy revising. I often go over the manuscript three or four times before I show it to an editor.

Next week on Blog Hop, check out these two fine writers:

JD Glass writes about science, myth, and the biggest magic of all: being human.
http://jdglassbooks.tumblr.com/
AND
Kari Sperring is a British writer of fantasy and history, but she'd rather be a musketeer.
http://users.livejournal.com/la_marquise_de_/

Date: 2014-05-06 02:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com
Cool stuff!

Date: 2014-05-06 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] myownsatellite.livejournal.com
I've always found it interesting how the characters talk to you. It reminds me of how Bradbury used to say that once he gave in to the voices in his head he became a better writer. It's something I've always aspired to; alas, I don't hear voices ;)

Date: 2014-05-08 12:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cianthecat.livejournal.com
Oooh I can't wait for both the next tube master book AND the Deverry one! Will they be print on demand?
It's really interesting reading about your writing processes. I love how you write: I love how the characters have family and complexities, it makes then so much more real. And it's really refreshing reading urban fantasy that isn't about a teenager. However you work, it definitely works really really well - I'm such a big fan of everything you put out.

Date: 2014-05-08 12:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cianthecat.livejournal.com
Autocorrect strikes again: I meant rune not tube, my phone keeps changing it on me!

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