The beginning of June marks a countdown for my family and me. High school graduation, summer camp(s) and college orientation, oh my! But thanks to one of my writing buds, Arla Dahl, I get to veer off the beaten path of chaos and participate in a blog hop where I talk about my most neglected baby of late, my writing. She talks a little about her writing process and latest debut (congrats again, Arla!) here.
So without further adieu, here I go :)
What I’m Working On
I’m currently working on my first book, in a series of three, about a teenage girl whose new power will tip the scale after apocalyptic weather threatens not only life as she knows it but the heart she’s kept protected since the first time her world had fell apart in Shift.
How Does My Work Differ From Others of its Genre?
Unlike mainstream Young-Adult protagonists, my heroin is an African-American teenager who fosters relationships with unlikely characters in her own unique way despite her stubborn and willful nature. I think readers will be able to relate to my characters as they get to see sides of my main character seldom represented in literature and movies today. I look forward to sharing Jessica’s story with the world one day.
Why Do I Write What I Do?
Definitely helps to be a kid at heart! And although your kids try to make the things you do and say sound “old,” Every. Chance. They. Get. There really is something to the belief that they keep you young. I’ve had the most fun raising them with my husband and more fun writing about that moment in a young person’s life where every choice they make shapes who they’ll become as they hover over the precipice of adulthood. I’ve always loved to read YA and writing YA has been my dream in extending that love.
How Does Your Writing Process Work?
And the award for the lead in the “Best Pantser” category goes to… Ahh, whether my writing process is working remains to be seen. Lol! No seriously, I’ve read books on writing, taken workshops, still read articles, participated in critique groups ad nauseum. You name it, I’ve done it. I also have a storyboard on my wall beside my bed, to my husband’s dismay. So forever working on my craft is, well forever. I write and edit when I can. Could certainly stand to commit more time each day to it. Spending an obscene amount of time on a given chapter when my OCD’s on autopilot probably doesn’t help, but overall flying by the seat of my pants would be my final plea. ;)
Thank you for coming by and please do check out the writing process and projects of CM Doporto, Terri Muuss and Elizabeth Haysmont, who will take part in this blog hop next Monday, June 9th.
CM Doporto writes Young Adult and New Adult stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary things, become a heroine, and find love along the way. Visit her heroine blog at http://cmdoporto.com
Terri Muuss, whose poetry has appeared in Bolts of Silk, Apercus Quarterly, Long Island Quarterly, Red River Review, JB Stillwater Magazine and three anthologies: Whispers and Shouts: An Anthology of Women’s Voices on Long Island, Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poetry on the Abuse and Oppression of Women, and the Bards Annual 2013, is the author of Over Exposed (JB Stillwater, 2013) and the one-woman show, Anatomy of a Doll. Anatomy of a Doll was named “Best Theatre: Critics’ Pick of the Week” by the New York Daily News and has been performed throughout the US and Canada since 1998. Terri co-produced and hosted the monthly Manhattan poetry series Poetry at the Pulse for two years and her poem Rialto Beach won the 2013 Great Neck Poetry Prize. www.terrimuuss.com
It seems Elizabeth Haysmont’s entire life has been dedicated to research. At least that’s the spin she’s putting on it when she tries to explain why so many of her real life experiences end up in her books. Motorcyclist, photographer, graphic artist, traveler, caver, history buff, rail buff, hiker, off-roader, musician, actor – Life has dragged her (with her husband of twenty-two years) through 35 states and six foreign countries. She and her husband even chose an adventurous way to wed: in a cave near St. Louis, 50 feet underground. www.ElizabethHaysmont.com