Writing Process 2014 Blog Hop

Welcome-2

First, I’d like to thank Sandi Layne for including me on the hop! Isn’t she lovely? ( http://sandyquill.com/2014/03/07/writing-processes-2014-blog-hop/ )

So on to the questions!

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1) What am I working on right now?

Daughters of Kalahtaya Book 2: Dragonchild Lore is at the forefront of my workload. I also have a couple short anthology pieces, but those are becoming a distractions and I’m  cutting back. I’m hoping to get Daughters done by May and if I don’t focus that won’t happen.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My genre is primarily fantasy, but I’m working outside my comfort zone on anthology pieces. What sets me apart is that I focus on the character relationships more than the magical elements. Dragonchild Lore has dragons and Runemakers (magicians), but they aren’t the focal points. Character growth is highly important to me and that is the direction that my stories take.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I grew up reading science fiction and fantasy. A steady diet of Anne McCaffrey, Piers, Anthony, and Lloyd Alexander got me interested in the genre. I also like making my own rules. The world building elements in fantasy are a bit more liberal than they are in standard fiction. I enjoy researching Medieval time and the  Renaissance and it does get reflected in the piece. I also enjoy learning about other cultures and bringing elements of them into my own world. I enjoy my worlds and characters and letting them tell their stories.

4) How does my writing process work?

The process is always evolving. I’ve been brooding on the ideas behind Dragonchild Lore since high school and The Attic’s Secret was ten years old too. In 2013 I finally realized there was no reason for me to hold off on getting it down.

I don’t outline. I go in with a vague idea of what I think is going to happen and often find myself surprised where it goes. Blood of the Sire ended up being a completely different book I expected. My main character, Kitra, wasn’t supposed to be the lead, but she persisted and I went with it. I see anthologies as a challenge. The themes asked for them allow me to experiment with areas I might avoid normally, but I can still put my own spin on it.

What follows is usually the same whether its a book or short story though: I write the first draft as it comes, trying to get the words out as quickly as possible. Once that’s done, I print a copy and read through it. One thing I learned during Blood of the Sire was to try and read the piece like I would someone else’s work. This way I distance myself and it keeps me honest about how some things just don’t work. I make notes or number where I need to ‘fluff’ or subtract from the piece, but I don’t make those changes until I’m done reading. I even question ‘What the @%$* is that?’ at times.  The numbering/notation system works well for me. I can write the scene to the number and insert it where needed easily. The next step has me putting everything into place for another draft. Then I attempt to read through that draft, but chances are I will miss things and need to get either my husband or an editor to review. Outside eyes are the most helpful. As much as I can try to separate myself from my work, it is still a part of me and I don’t see the missing pieces when others can. My husband isn’t a fantasy reader, but he is great with spotting mistakes. I’ve also found an editor that I have a good relationship with helped a lot.

You can always send me a message here or at my author page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrea-L-Staum-Author/146878242143910?ref=hl

or follow on Twitter @DragonchildLore

I’m thankful to the following authors for joining in on this 🙂 They each have unique styles and are rule breakers in their own right.

Next stops:

diamant

Bio: Diamant is the singular name for a writing partnership. Authors of the supernatural series of novels featuring Night Boys and coming soon No Saints.

*** Social Media Connection ***

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diamanttwins

jake

Bio: Jake Bonsignore is the author of multiple novels, including Empyreal Illusions, Awakening the Fire, The Lioness, and The Tigress. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with magna cum laude honors. Outside of his literary pursuits, he enjoys playing sports and is a fitness enthusiast. He is the sole editor of Five Star Editing and is currently working on his next book.

*** Social Media Connection ***

Website / Blog: http://www.jakebonsignore.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/jakebonsignore

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jakebonsignoreauthor

Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/jakebonsignore

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1438031

 faith

BIO: In the fifth grade, Faith Marlow discovered a fondness and talent for writing and has considered herself a storyteller ever since. In addition to writing, she is an avid reader, movie connoisseur, and a veritable repository for all manner of useless yet entertaining knowledge. Faith is proud member of the Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing family. Her first novel, “Being Mrs. Dracula”, which chronicles the lives of Count Dracula’s three beautiful, yet very different wives is now available. Valeria’s story continues in the second installment of the series, “Being Dracula’s Widow”. It will be available 4-5-2014.

Faith lives in Tennessee with her high school sweetheart/ husband, Scottie, their son Avery, and Moses the loyal family turtle.

*** Social Media Connection ***

http://faithmarlow.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/beingmrsdracula

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