Bestselling Australian Author
(Occasionally, I blog)
Bestselling Australian Author
(Occasionally, I blog)
So happy to join this blogging chain-hop of writers, answering four questions on our Writing Process.
My thanks to Annie Seaton for tagging me in this hop.
Annie Seaton lives on the east coast of Australia where, besides working as a publicist and editor, she’s also a writer of contemporary romance. She’s been delighted to discover that readers love reading her stories as much as she loves writing them. She and her own hero of many years are living their own happily-ever-after with “Bob” the dog and two white cats. Annie relaxes in her garden or on the beach…or most likely at sunset on her deck overlooking the ocean, a chilled glass of wine in hand. She loves to meet readers on Facebook and Twitter, too.
OK - here I go...
What am I working on?
Books 2 & 3 of the Swallow’s Fall series set in a fictional town in the Australian Snowy Mountains. (Book 1 is The House on Burra Burra Lane.)
Book 2, working title The House at the Bottom of the Hill is almost complete – some last minute beta-reading and I can submit it to my editor. I’m hoping this story will out in the world mid 2014.
Book 3, working title The Homestead on Main Street is next. I’ve already started this story so I’m keen to see what other characters will turn up and where the story of my hero and heroine will go.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I write contemporary romantic fiction. The Swallow's Fall series is set in a small-town atmosphere and could be known as country-romance, small-town romance or rural romance, but they are all “adventures of the heart” and the romance is the main issue I deal with in each story. The country and rural settings are a bonus for me and my characters. We love them J
Why do I write what I do?
I write romance because I don’t want to write anything else, and I love how I find my story-starts. Ideas always begin with the two main characters. Once I have a sense of these people, they find themselves in situations and the ‘setting’ appears. After this, I love tangling humour and emotion into the stories. So romance stories they are, but there’s more to the Romance genre than kissing, thank goodness.
How does my writing process work?
I usually start writing and pantser my way along. Pantsering is a writerly term for ‘writing by the seat of your pants’, as in: no idea who these characters are, where they are or what they’re going to do but I’ve started so I’ll keep going. As I continue to write, I’m certainly leaning more towards plotting the story than ever before. Although my characters and the storyline will probably always remain ‘by the seat of my pants’ in the initial thought-processes and within the scenes I write, I do feel there is enormous benefit for me to plot out scenes and chapters etc. before I knuckle down to write that first draft.
That's me done.
I'm now passing the Writing Process chain on to the next writers. Next week (Monday 20th January) you can discover their answers to the 4 fast questions. In the meantime, please take a look at their bios and where to find them (and thanks again to Annie Seaton for asking me on board).
When Alissa Callen isn’t writing she plays traffic controller to four children, three dogs, two horses and one renegade cow who really does believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Her books are characteristically heart-warming, emotional and character driven. Beneath Outback Skies, published by Random House Australia, is available now as an eBook and from May 2014 in print. Down Outback Roads, also published by Random House Australia, will be out in May as an eBook. Alissa loves to connect with readers and can be found online at her website or Facebook.
Juanita Kees graduated from the Australian College QED, Bondi with a diploma in Proofreading, Editing and Publishing, and achieved her dream of becoming a published author in 2012 with the release of her debut romantic suspense, Fly Away Peta. Under the Hood followed in 2013 as one of the first releases from Harlequin's digital pioneer, Escape Publishing. Juanita works as a freelance editor assisting authors in polishing their work for submission. She escapes the real world to write stories starring spirited heroines who give the hero a run for his money before giving in. When she’s not writing, editing or proofreading, Juanita is the cleaning fairy and mother to three boys (hubby included, his toys are just a little more expensive). Her not-so-miniature Daschund, Sam is her critique partner and keeps her company while writing. Juanita loves to hear from fans and would love for you to enjoy her writing journey with her at her author site at Kees2Create Writing, Editing and Proofreading and on Twitter @JuanitaKees.
Carolyn Wren is the author of The Protectors, a seven book Romantic Suspense series, and proud winner of two RWA awards, the 2012 Emerald, and the 2013 Ella for novella of the year. She was also a finalist in the 2012 Daphne Du Maurier Awards. Carolyn has only been writing since 2009 and is now completely addicted. Her housework is suffering dreadfully. Just for fun, she recently wrote and published a ghostly Christmas novella hot enough to make her test reader blush. Her brain is always creating, even when it should be concentrating on other things, and she has been known to adopt a glazed look when the muse strikes, thus ignoring the conversations happening around her. She hopes to one day stop writing long enough to get to the bottom of her ironing pile. She loves to hear from readers on Facebook and Twitter.