Friday, May 30, 2014

The Writing Process

Guess I'm coming back a little early!
Today, I have some lovely Celebrations - join in the accolades with Vikki's weekly blog hop!
  • My new friend, Randi Lee, who I met through the A to Z blog hop, did me the honor of highlighting me in her Sunday special, Meet a Blogger !
  • I submitted a super fun ZOMBIE short story called THE COMEBACK to my publisher (Curiosity Quills) annual anthology, which will include a piece by Piers Anthony - will be a dream come true if I get published with one of my all time fave authors!!
  • Also super excited about writing my anti-princess story - I've even used Ashley Chappell-Peeples (just got married) advice and written three songs for it with Noteflight! It's my fluffy unicorn!!
  • Plans are coming along nicely for my BROKEN BRANCH FALLS blog tour. I've written most of the posts, I just need to type them up. Starts JUNE 1!!
  • And my IRL Release Party!! Having it at an ice cream shop and so much green gobliny goodness I can't stand it! (June 26 in Cincinnati)
  • Lastly - I get to participate in the Writing Process tour...
My long-time blogging friend, Elizabeth Arroyo, invited me to join in the Writing Process tour. We get to talk about our writing process and then pass it on to another... Thanks Elizabeth!

Here are the questions posed and my answers:
a) What are you working on? A short story called JOLINDA about a snarky teenage maiden in medieval times who finds she is stronger than she thought; and editing SIMULATION, the next book in the Cooper Chronicles after POP TRAVEL.
b) How does your work differ from others of its genre? I combine elements from several genres... sci fi, fantasy, thriller, humor, and a bit of romance - doesn't real life have all the elements? But, that also made it hard to find an agent who wanted to pinpoint me.
c) Why do you write what you do? I write adventure and action because that's what I like to read, no matter the genre, and I want to offer people who don't think they have time to read, something they can't put down - I want to capture more readers!
d) How does your writing process work? I start with an idea, writers are great at "What if...?" Then I flesh it out. If I can get an outline with enough beats and twists and sub plots, I know I can make a novel out of it. I write a rough draft in a notebook, then, I start typing, and get it to my CP, and edit, edit, edit. I have many notebooks waiting and new ideas hit me all the time - some more persistent than others! (Jolinda wants to be an animated feature so bad!)

What are you working on? What's your writing process?
Feel free to join in the tour - just link back and pass it on!

And now, I pass the torch on to another Elizabeth - Elizabeth Seckman! I'm so happy I got to meet her in person - a true treasure! She'll be posting next week. Here's a little preview...

Elizabeth is a wife, a mom, and a writer. She has four wonderful boys, one dusty house, and three published books to her credit. Feel free to check them out and buy them HERE! Erm, the books, not the kids or the house...though all things in life are negotiable ;)

Here are her links: Blog // Facebook // Twitter

21 comments:

Rachna Chhabria said...

Getting published alongside one's all time favourite author is a dream come true and a big achievement.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That would be great if your story is in the book with Anthony's.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Glad that you're back Tara! A zombie short story? I'm intrigued!!

Caffe Maggieato said...

Great celebrations! Loved reading your process as well. Have a great weekend!

Tyrean Martinson said...

I'm so excited for you and your release and blog tour plans! Love that you are having your IRL party at an ice cream parlor!!! Sweet!

Love the writing process blog tour - I have someone in mind to pass it along to . . . so I might grab it and do that sometime early next month. Hope that's ok.

Robin said...

Wow. I am so excited for you. I hope your story makes the anthology!

S.K. Anthony said...

Oh yeah, "what if?" is the big question for us, isn't it? :D

M.J. Fifield said...

Awesome celebrations!

And I can't wait to read JOLINDA one of these days...a snarky teenage maiden in medieval times who finds she is stronger than she knows? Sign me up.

LD Masterson said...

I've got my fingers crossed on your zombie story being accepted. (Even though it's really hard to type this way.)

cleemckenzie said...

The title for your zombie short is perfect. That alone should get you some attention. Good luck with it.

The Silver Fox said...

Love that all the bloggers are sharing how they write.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I struggle by writing in a variety of genres too - it just means our query research has to be spot-on!

And I'm completely jealous you met Elizabeth!

Cortney Pearson said...

Sounds like lots of awesome going on for you! Good luck getting things ready for your blog tour!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

From one Elizabeth to another...sounds like a plan!!

I am always amazed at how much you get done!

lifepostbrainhemorrhage said...

It looks like you've got a lot to celebrate and that's amazing! I hope your short story is accepted into the Anthology with your favorite author. For me, that would be a dream come true. I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed for you. :)
Best of luck with the release and blog tour! Have a great weekend. Eva

Heather Holden said...

Good luck with the anthology! That'd definitely be exciting if your story ended up in the same book as one of your fave authors! :)

And you're writing a story with a snarky teenage maiden? Fun! I'm such a huge sucker for snark...

Nicole said...

Amen to adventure and action! That's what I love reading too.

Rhonda Albom said...

Welcome back! I am back too, from a no-internet island holiday. I love your writing and I hope you do capture more readers :)

DEZMOND said...

we do love them medieval stories

E. Arroyo said...

Sounds like you're busy. Always a good thing. =) Thanks for participating.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara .. good luck with the blog tour .. and yes you are busy .. I seem to be catching my tail all the time .. Have a great June though - cheers Hilary