My thanks to Wendy Metcalfe for tagging me for the My Writing Process Blogtour. Wendy is an author of science fiction, creative writing tutor and blogger. You can check out here latest publications here.
So here we go with the four required blog questions.
What am I working on?
A contemporary romance where a police sergeant and a super fit cyclist find their passionate attraction seriously compromised by her work and his troubled past. I am about 30,000 words into the story – the stage when the characters begin to take over and mess with your original plotline.
I am also starting edits on my second historical romance Rebellious Cargo due to be published in March by Musa publishing. The story takes place in 1803 and follows the stormy relationship between a code breaker and a naval captain whose frigate is sent to recruit her services for the military. But the last thing Jane Charlesworth wants is to set foot on a naval ship – not after the last time.
I really have to get my head down and concentrate during edits, as I find it a very fraught time. So, the oncoming weeks will include a lot of cursing, coffee and cloistering. I usually put on a couple of ‘comfort food’ pounds during this time. It’s hard graft but the satisfaction of ending up with a well-edited book is amazing.
Q How does your work differ from others of its genre?
Although there is no time travel involved , my two contemporary novellas share a Regency link. I just can’t quite leave the period alone . A Regency paperback features as a plot tool in The Man in the Blue Flowered Shorts and a Regency themed ball is the setting for The Man in the Buff Breeches. Both stories are firmly set in the 21st century and include a fair amount of suspense and humour.
I always take my heroines out of their comfort zones.
In Only a Hero Will Do, Hetty Avebury defies convention to escape a disastrous match arranged by her family, but she discovers a whole new set of values and rules when she finds herself aboard a naval ship under the protection of the Physician to the Fleet.
Why do you write what you do?
I am fascinated by the period leading up to and including the Napoleonic wars .
Authors who have inspired me to set my stories in this era include Jane Austen with her astute dialogue and witty character observations, and Patrick O’Brian with his masterful Avebury/Maturin series which portray a vivid portrait of life in the Royal Navy and the culture and politics of the period.
I worked in London for few of years and know Bath quite well, so Regency architecture and artefacts have always been close by. If I need a little more inspiration I can spend time at Portsmouth’s historic dockyard and wander around Nelson’s flag-ship. Or maybe take a stroll around Jane Austen’s house at Chawton.
How does your writing process work?
The truth is I need a deadline. I am much more productive when I am forced to use time efficiently. I really believe that it is not how much writing time you have but how well you use it.
I try to rise early and shoot a few pages off before anyone else gets up. This is my most creative part of the day, so definitely a morning person. After 8pm I am virtually brain-dead, so reserve this time for the mundane tasks.
I find a lot of my plot/editing problems solve themselves overnight and I wake up with the answer. I also dream some really good storylines, but if I don’t jot down new ideas as soon I wake up , after a couple of hours, they have slipped from my memory.
If my story lines dry up, as they frequently do, I load a blank sheet and start writing about anything that comes into my head. This generally kick starts the work in progress ,and triggers the creative juices.
I do have some unproductive writing days, distracted by the social media , a sneaky game of Tetris, or checking the Amazon ratings to see if my books have miraculously shot up to single figures. This happened once, in one of those dreams I mentioned earlier. LOL.
I have tagged author Kadee Mcdonald to carry on this blogspot. Kadee is a Texan whose love for the Regency period shines through in her storytelling . You can read more about her great stories over at her website . So over to you Kadee!