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Sunday, May 11, 2014

My Writing What?

I was tagged by Seleste Delaney/JulieParticka in this tour about the writing process.

1. What am I working on?

Currently I'm working on several projects. I'm still working on Liam's story Highland Betrayal, which I kept getting stuck, so I finally had to chuck a good 15K words, but I'm back on track.

I'm working on a prequel to my Nightkind short story, and this one is called The Broken Highlander. It's about the time Nevin spent right after he was turned.

But I'm primarily writing something new. Contemporary Romance author Heather Lire and I are writing a Scottish Romance complete with meddling gods and sexy Highlanders. Be prepared for a debut from Kenzie MacLir this Fall.

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

My books are different in that the heroine knows she's traveled through time, yet she still has to come to grips with that. Even knowing ahead of time what she's in for, it doesn't prepare her fully, and it can be jarring to find herself without the comforts of her century.

I also don't let my hero just bail on his duties in real life. So often you see a romance that really just focuses on the hero and heroine and their romance. In Romanclandia, it must be awesome to not have to worry about a job, or money, or anything other than sexy times. But I try to keep my hero and heroine not just focused on each other, but on the action surrounding them as well.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I write Scottish Highlanders because that's what I see when I close my eyes. I can't help myself. These are the heroes and stories begging to be told. I love the Highlanders. It's hard to imagine these big, tough warriors being the underdogs, but they were! Outmanned and outgunned by the English, this makes their triumphs all that more impressive. The fact that they could wield such deadly strength in battle, but temper that strength for their women, makes me all melty inside. These are the heroes I want to write. Strong, but protective, not smothering. Possessive, but not obsessive. I love when he goes all caveman, but I don't want him so territorial we worry he might pee on her leg.The balance is delicate, and it's not easy. The challenge is fun! And besides, who doesn't love a sexy man in a kilt?

4. How does my writing process go?

My writing process starts when I get home from dropping the kids off at school, and I grab that first cup of coffee. While the caffeine kick starts my brain, I usually goof off on twitter for a few minutes before bringing up my current work in progress (WIP). Providing the baby lets me, I usually read over what I've written most recently and I jump back in. Sometimes I might start at the beginning of the previous chapter to read how smooth the lead-in is. Sarah MacLean told me she starts with the black moment and works her way out. I'm trying that for the first time now, but since I'm a pantser, it's actually really hard to do!

I'm a slow writer, since I self-edit as I go, and since my writing partner Heather, in her words, "...just vomit(s) the words onto the page, then edit(s) later," it's been really interesting to work with someone whose style is so different from my own. And yet it's been really fun and refreshing.

So, yeah. There you go, 4 things about my writing! Go check out some of the other authors who've been tagged, and see how we all differ, and where we overlap. Thanks for stopping by!