I have only the vaguest idea what I am doing here.
The reason I’m doing this:
It looks like fun, and I am no party pooper. (That’s why pictures of me dancing often end up on weird websites.) But I've been invited to join a blog tour by the delightful Hannah Loughrey: http://www.amwriting.wix.com/hdloughrey
So let’s begin:
What are you working on?
I’m editing. I wish my answer could be more interesting, but I assume it must be honest.
Being an Indie Author, (Don’t you love that description? Please don’t call me a self pubber.) I can’t just bung any old crap at a publisher and wait for their suggestions. I have to edit on my own.
In the old days I had money to burn and would pay for professional help. Now I have to lie back on the couch and analyse myself. (I am therefore self certified and am now found to be sane.)
I may also be alone in as much as I enjoy the process of editing. I often query writers when they complain, analogising visits to dentists. I think of the process of editing as an opportunity to bond with my baby after the discomfort of gestation and pain of childbirth. Yes, I find writing a hurting experience and can’t bring myself to trust those who say they enjoy writing. It’s probably because I’m a slow two fingered typer with the story in my mind always a chapter in front of my struggling fingers. It’s exhausting, I tell you.
How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I don’t have a genre. I have three books published. The first is ‘Featherstone Rogue Tales’; a sexy romp with an affable randy teenager set in the 1960s. The second is ‘Another September’; an action packed murder mystery thriller adventure. And just released, ‘Shadow of the Fatal Tree’; an historical fiction based on the true life of Jenny Diver, the notorious 18th century pickpocket. The book I am at present editing, I defy anyone to give a genre. It’s entitled, ‘India France Hope/Maid in Thailand’ and is the autobiography of a mixed race infant, ghost written by her father in her own voice.
Why do you write what you do?
I write to fulfill the three grand essentials to happiness: Something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Why? Because I’ve been around long enough to know some serious shit and figure the world also ought know it.
How does your writing process work?
I am someone that I recently found out, is called a ‘pantser/pantzer’. (Both spellings are unknown to my dictionary, but the meaning would be undeniably accurate.) I write by the skin of my pants in as much as most of the thoughts I wake up with each day, are added to bits I’ve already written. I work on many different projects at a time, rather like casting my seed upon stony ground and occasionally pissing on them to see if anything grows. It’s not the clever way to write and I don’t recommend it to others. But it’s the way I’ve always lived the rest of my life. Why plan for something that might never happen?
Okay, I have answered the questions as truthfully as I know how. Now I must try to figure out how to ‘tag’ this blog to those I enjoy reading and feel will be more enlightening. Here goes: