Wednesday, June 4, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour

I’d like to thank Maureen Fisher  for inviting me to play! If you haven’t read Fur Ball Fever  go get it soon!

This post is part of the "My Writing Process" blog tour. For more about my books, don't forget to visit my website!

What are you working on? I am writing the fourth book in my Colorado Billionaires series. The title is The Wedding Belle. A few fans have asked about Uly’s story. Ulysses is the brother of Thor Garrison in the second book, The Wedding Hazard.  Book four is Uly's story.

 How does your work differ from others of its genre?
Readers have commented that they couldn’t put it down. I try to end every chapter with an event or a development that compels the reader to keep going, even if it’s two in the morning and the alarm is set for six! That plan seems to be working.

Why do you write what you do?
Once I went indie, I no longer had to listen to well meaning editors telling me to shape and mold my story for the market niche they wanted to fill. Free from those constraints, I began telling the stories my heart wanted to tell. I love the marriage of convenience format, because it does what all great stories do. It takes two people and throws them together in a difficult situation and then makes things worse until they are forced to work together. And of course, they fall in love and we get a “happily ever after” ending. The fact that I write for women who are the best readers and fans in the world makes it all the sweeter!

 How does your writing process work?
I start with names and characters. Then I make sure I know where the story is going before committing too much to paper. I remind myself that I can save the parts that don’t make it into the book, because I can use those pages for different stories. I still allow a lot of flexibility in the writing process, but I have a plan in my mind. There are often surprises, though. A new secondary character may emerge from a situation and just blow me away. Or a main character may refuse to cooperate with some plot point and force me to change the direction of the story. But I’m not a total “seat of the pants” writer. I need structure to guide me in the right direction. As for a detailed knowledge of what will happen next, I can usually visualize the story up to three chapters ahead of where I am writing. The one exception is the ending. More than once I have written the ending, then went back and filled in everything else to get me there.

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Next week go visit:Vicky Loebel! She writes urban fantasy, erotic romance, and later this year a new sweet romantic title!

Regina Duke, USA Today Bestselling Author

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