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Good Afternoon Readers ūüėÄ It’s a Monday, yay!! (I’m only excited because I’m officially on Summer Brreeakkk!!!) Anyway, last Monday the wonderfully talented Jayme Woods tagged me to participate in this blog tour. Definitely check out her post¬†as it’s hilarious & this one is a bit of a spin-off in that I use gifs too, for the first time!

1) What am I working on? I’m focused on a project I’ve been describing as The Dresden Files meets Veronica Mars. Yeah, you heard that right…it’s freaking awesome! Of course that means you likely have some high expectations just by hearing that…luckily, a CP of mine, before me even telling her said it reminded her of Veronica Mars with a supernatural twist…so I guess I’m on the right track, heh?

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? I’ve read a lot in my genre and out of it. The great thing with having such strong comp titles is that they provide lots of¬†inspiration and links to other similar stories, e.g. Sherlock Holmes mysteries, Brick, Marlowe, Lost Girl, Anita Blake, etc… I don’t think, actually I’m pretty positive while there’s YA Urban Fantasy there’s not much YA Speculative Noir which is what my book sets out to be. I hope that fans of Adult Speculative Noir like Anita Blake & The Dresden Files & to some extent TV shows like Lost Girl and fans of YA books/TV shows/movies like Sarah Rees Breenan’s Unspoken (Veronica Mars was a sort of inspiration¬†for her heroine), Brick, Holly Black’s White Cat, Libba Bray’s The Diviners, and, of course, Veronica Mars can find a second love in my story. Oh, and did I mention it’s set in New Orleans and has voodoo? (now that was a lot of research in and of itself)

3) Why do I write what I do? I really can’t live without writing. I’ve been writing for a long time, stopped for a while as high school took over, then started back up in college and I’m not willing to let it go again. I’ve found that when I don’t allow my creativity to flow as it does while writing I get crabby and I don’t work as hard on other things. I actually bribe myself with writing time in order to get me to finish assignments. I have such a large imaginative…I think everyone does at some point, we just learn to shut it down. I haven’t/won’t. My inner child is thriving and we work well together. I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else. (Aside from reading & watching TV…I really like those.)

4) How does your writing process work? Well…I’ve called on my friends on the show Elementary for some assistance: At first I’m a bit like¬†Holmes and Watson waiting for an idea…a clue, any hint of what lead to follow, what I’m to write next:

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‘Tis true…my current project is part murder mystery.

When I get that idea, I indulge it. I start researching everything related to that idea…my desk/room starts looking a bit like this:

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Of course, I need the mess because without it:

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I start to write and I continue to research…I’m a pantser all the way, much like Sherlock I drive right into the middle of a snowstorm, erm, the story…

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I’m not much of a planner

Tea is a necessity.

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…unfortunately I have no Watson so I have to get it myself. It’s okay, exercise is good for the creative mind.

I feel like this when I get to the middle of the story:

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But then, I have a breakthrough!

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I have solved it Watson! …now the race to find the killer, ahem, finish the novel ūüėČ

I start feeling a bit like this:

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Yeah…about that modesty…

From there on out it’s all:

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that’s me to my finished draft

Then I send it out to my CPs and I’m back to:

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While I wait I tell myself:

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And I do. Sometimes that leads to¬†a Shiny New Idea that¬†I, of course, ignore…

But then their comments come back and it’s not so bad after all <3¬†I read them over then I let them sit while I figure out what to tackle first:

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Eventually I finish revisions and it’s all:

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I’m almost at this point, yay!

Until I’m back to this:

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Again.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my writing process through the lens of one of my¬†favorite shows (Veronica Mars,¬†Lost Girl, Gossip Girl, and GoT being the others). Luckily the fun doesn’t end here! You can check out #MyWritingProcess for more whimsical tales and next Monday, 5/26, you can check out these amazing writers who I’ve tagged next:

Lisa Aldin

aldin-11-e13983015583881Lisa¬†is one of my amazing Spencer Hill Contemporary clients (they’re a talented group). She’s a YA & MG writer and the author of YA novel ONE OF THE GUYS (Spencer Hill Contemporary, Feb 2015). She currently lives in¬†Indiana and she¬†has¬†a baby girl, Charlotte, who was born last Halloween. You can find her on Tumblr, her website, or Twitter! Also, her book has cute boys and monster so you’re definitely going to want to read about her writing process!

 

Julia Byers julia-byers (1)Julia¬†is¬†a twenty-year-old part time writer and full time dreamer. She’s also¬†a junior at the University of Michigan, majoring in creative writing. Her work has appeared in Teen Ink magazine, the RC Review, the White Ash Literary Magazine, the¬†82nd Annual¬†Writer‚Äôs Digest¬†Writing Competition Collection, and the¬†17th Annual Caf√©¬†Shapiro Anthology. She won the Children‚Äôs/Young Adult category of the 82nd Annual¬†Writer‚Äôs Digest¬†Writing Competition, a 2014 Hopwood Underclassmen Fiction Award, and the 2014 Arthur Miller Award, among other honors. She recently completed an internship with a literary agent, has attended numerous writing conferences around the country, and is working on her sixth novel. Her hobbies include Netflix and not going outside.¬†In addition, she’s¬†the¬†founder¬†of Chapter One Young Writers Conference, a Chicago based writing conference for young writers, where I will be speaking come June.¬†You can find Julia at¬†her blog, which has a collection of some of her amazing writing, or¬†Twitter.

Kaye M. vcaBUj3AKaye is a twenty-something Muslim girl who reads a lot of books, writes a lot more, and wears a lot of (figurative) hats. She is the creator of the hashtag #NotYourStockMuslim, a reporter for YA Interrobang and intern under agent Pooja Menon of Kimberley Cameron and Associates. In her spare time (read: when she has time to breathe), she is your typical overworked college student, avid YA reader and book blogger, and fantasy writer. You can find Kaye on Twitter or her blog.   Whimsically Yours, PnC

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Laura W.

I love Elementary! ūüôā Those are some great gifs.

I like your process of actively waiting for a creative idea. That’s kind of different from what I’ve heard anybody else describe it as…Some people say they wait around for inspiration to hit them, and it seems very passive. This way is more like you’re expecting something to hit you so you’re trying to prepare for when it does.

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Patrice

Elementary is a recent love, so glad I found it! The show is addicting.

I have to go and “grab” inspiration, if I don’t it’ll never come. I don’t have the patience to wait, LOL.

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