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Monday, May 5, 2014

Writing Process - Blog Hop!

Joyce Hertzoff passed the baton to me for this blog hop. Here's her post from last week.

And these are my answers to the four questions:

A. What are you working on?

I am working on my second full-length novel, Nectar and Ambrosia. It’s more of an adult urban fantasy than my first YA novel, Song Magick, published last month. It’s something I hope will appeal to adult readers who love Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, like I do.

B. How does your work differ from others in this genre?
I’m not afraid to write a little “above” my target audience in terms of vocabulary. If they learn a new word, great! I was told that I needed to use easier words by a publisher that turned me down. If we write down to young adults, I think we’re making a huge mistake.

C. Why do you write what you do?

 I am a lifelong reader, and found my niche as a child in fantasy with Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles, Ursula LeGuin’s Earthsea books, and many others. As a teen, I learned to love Marion Zimmer Bradley’s fantasy-flavored science fiction. I wanted to live in those worlds. By writing, I was able to create my own worlds to walk, to interact with the inhabitants, and see how they live.

D. How does your writing process work?

Fragmentally! LOL. Song Magick was a serialized romantic adventure that I wrote in bite sized chunks for the amusement of myself and some friends, and then heavily revised over time. Nectar and Ambrosia came from a dream I had, where I met one of the main characters. I found him fascinating and had to write a little to find out who he was. I have lots of scene fragments of other ideas that I want to go back and expand for future books.

And now I pass the baton to:

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