Greetings, Friends! Thanks for joining me as I ruminate about writing. I’ve been tagged by my good friend, Jim Cangany. (By the way, he has two dynamite sweet romance books out, plus a Christmas story. Visit him here!) So here are my answers to the assigned questions!
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
My genre is contemporary young adult. I think one thing that sets my books apart is my effort to keep things PG rated. I’ve found that there is quite a large contingent of readers who like books without any embarrassment factor.
Why do I write what I do?
I’m lucky to spend massive time around teens, so I get an inside look into their world. These resilient young adults inspire me. I get to see the challenges they face. I see their tears of both joy and anguish. These wonderful teens are often my inspiration.
The biggest compliment to me is when my students read and enjoy my books. Sometimes, a teen will walk into class steaming about one of my characters. I love that! If I’ve brought a character to life enough that my students want to strangle him, I’ve accomplished my dream!
How does my writing process work?
My first drafts can be quite messy. I just want to get the story down. Then, my inner critic takes over and I start cleaning them up. I also find that reading my stories out loud to be unbelievably helpful. The things I hear — well, sometimes I can’t believe I didn’t see the mistakes the first three or four or five times through! Ha!
I sneak in writing time whenever I can. Early morning is best for me. I get my quota finished and then I feel a sense of accomplishment! It can get hectic, and writers (including me) often push ourselves too hard. Recently, I took a few weeks off to concentrate on other aspects of the writing business. It made me realize that breaks can be valuable!
How about you, dear readers. I know some of you are writers, too. Any thoughts to share? I’d love to hear from you.
And as always, thanks for stopping by!
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P.P.S. Read about the latest characters my students want to strangle: