Monday, February 24, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour

It's so interesting to me how writers write because we all do it so differently. So, when fantastic author Susan Buchanan asked me to participate in this blog tour, I jumped at the chance. Thanks, Sooz!
 
I've been asked to answer four questions about my writing process. Here goes!
 
1. What am I working on?
 
I've been working on my second novel, women's fiction, for a while and I hope to have it published soon. In the meantime, I've written my first ever short story for an anthology with a group of wonderful authors. The anthology is the brain child of Francine LaSala, and all proceeds from sales of the collection will be going to charity. I don't often read short stories because I like long, thick books, but I've discovered that I love writing them. Francine and I often team edit, and we're going to be editing the anthology together, as well. I'm also working on my third novel. I don't want to give away too many details, but it's quite dark and twisted, which is a departure from my usual writing.
 
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
 
I think each of my novels differ from each other. Finding Lucas, my first novel is chick lit, with an edgy, irreverent voice and a lot of humor. My second, Everything But, is women's fiction. It definitely has my humor, but there is a lot more raw emotion in it. My third is also women's fiction, but it deals with a shocking story that is still unfolding.
 
In terms of other books in those genres, all I can say is that so many women's fiction authors have inspired me, and I can only hope to stay true to my voice. 
 
3. Why do I write what I write?
 
This is such a good question. Though I plan on one day writing a mystery because I love everything to do with suspense and intrigue, women's fiction speaks to me. I have no control over how my stories unfold and what my characters do. They are created from my mind, but the minute my fingers hit the keyboard, they completely take over and do and say what they want to. I feel compelled to write what I do. That might sound like I'm possessed. Maybe I am.:)
 
4. How does my writing process work?
 
First and foremost, I'm a mom so my kids will always come first. But, once they're off to school, I boot up my computer, brew my coffee and jump to it. I'm a professional writer/editor and have my own business: Perfect Pen Communications--if you're in need of an editor, please visit my website. So, I usually split my day between my clients (I always do their work first), about an hour of social media play and writing. Some days, I may write for hours and produce thousands of words; others, not so much.
 
I'm an organic writer, and though I start with an idea and basic outline of my characters, as I said in the previous question, my stories unfold as they want to. I write the first draft until the characters need a break, and I then go back and revise. Then, I continue from there.

I have a tortuous love affair with writing. I am obsessed with it, and I love it, but it can also be painful and difficult. I cannot imagine my life without it. And I am incredibly grateful to my readers who want more.

To continue the writing process blog tour, I hand these questions off to an exceptional author, amazing friend and a wonderful editing partner, Francine LaSala, who will post her own answers next Monday.

 
 

FRANCINE LASALA has written nonfiction on every topic imaginable, from circus freaks to sex, and edited bestselling authors of all genres through her company, Francine LaSala Productions. She is now actively taking on indie clients for manuscript evaluations, editing services, copywriting (covers, blurbs, taglines, queries, and more), website and blog creation, and developing kickass social media campaigns.

The author of novels Rita Hayworth’s Shoes and The Girl, The Gold Tooth & Everything, and the creator of The “Joy Jar” Project, she lives with her husband and two daughters in New York.

Thanks for reading!


15 comments:

  1. Thanks for agreeing to be one of my nominees, Sam. Love your quote about your characters deciding for themselves what is going to happen, as in many cases that's what happens with me. AND, I am so in awe of you writing two books at the same time - crazy girl!! Actually, now I come to think of that, that's what I did last year, although I kind of stopped writing one to write the other. Ah, a world full of crazy writers - bliss. Great to find out more about your process, hon. If it produces another novel of the calibre of Finding Lucas, I will be a happy reader!

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    1. Thank you, Sooz!!! I cannot wait to read another of yours!

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  2. Whatever you write, I will read it, regardless of whether it is hilarious, raw, or dark and twisted. I love you as an author. And as a person too :)

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  3. Loved Finding Lucas! :) I look forward to your second and third books. I am intrigued by your foray into suspense. I am sure it will be amazing!

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    1. Thanks, Glynis! I'm excited to read your books!

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  4. Loved Finding Lucas and I can't wait for book #2 and #3! I truly don't know how you fit everything into your day. Actually, maybe I have an idea after meeting you in person - all that creativity, energy and kickbutt spirit all wrapped up into one terrific package. You rock, zebra belly. You really do.

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    1. Me? You are the supreme multi-tasker with the mischievous smile. You rock, Jules!

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  5. I'm definitely one of those readers who wants more, as mentioned in this post! I loved Finding Lucas so much that I was really sad when it ended. So I'm anxiously awaiting the release of Everything But, and also this dark, twisted book you speak of. Very intriguing. Thanks for sharing your writing process. It's good to know that I'm not the only one whose stories unfold as they want to! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Patricia, for being such a constant support. Dark and twisted is fun. :) I can't wait to read something else you write!

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  6. Finding Lucas was so awesome and (I have to share this) so was Everything But! That's right. I've had the chance to beta read and EB is amazing. When are you going to share this one with the world, lady? :-D

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    1. Anna, thank you, thank you, thank you. I'll say soonish. :) And you know that I'd read your errand list. I love your writing.

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  7. Loved Finding Lucas! And every time I peel the dead skin off my feet, I think of Jamie. LOL. Can't wait to see what's coming next from you, Ms. Samantha Stroh Bailey. ♥

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  8. As you know, I loved Finding Lucas!! And I can't wait for books 2 & 3 either! I'm intrigued by your process of multi-tasking, it's one thing I can't seem to nail down. I'm hopeful that once the littlest little goes to school, I'll be better at it. :)

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  9. I loved this post Samantha. I participated in this blog hop too and I love seeing the tentacles of it. So interesting to read about other authors' processes. Good luck with all your upcoming work!

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