My Writing Process

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I’ve been asked to participate in the My Writing Process blog tour, which has featured several outstanding authors. I’m quite happy to add my name to the list — thank you Becky Lower for inviting me.

Every author on this tour answers four simple questions about their writing. Here’s what I have to say:

1. WHAT AM I WORKING ON NOW?
The Work-In-Progress at my keyboard is a romantic suspense tentatively titled “Deadly Love.” It’s about a female police officer whose friend is in an abusive relationship. Every nine seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten, according to domestic violence statistics. My character’s best friend is a silent victim, as many of them are, but the heroine’s keen cop eye detects it and she tries to help. There’s a love interest in there too — a hunky gym owner with biceps to die for.

2. HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?
I hope that my voice and writing style make it different. Unlike many romantic suspense novels, my plots are based on true crimes and cases that I encountered as a career journalist. An arsonist on the loose in a suburb outside of Pittsburgh sparked the storyline for “Love’s Secret Fire.” A real-life shooting in a gas station and the reason for the killing became the murder my heroine witnesses in “The Devil She Knew.” My newest release, “Thief of the Heart,” stems from an actual burglary ring that police busted. Having first-hand knowledge and “off the record” details about these crimes adds to the details and reality of the books, which I hope makes them stand out from the others.

3. WHY DO I WRITE WHAT I WRITE?
I write romantic suspense because, first off, I’m a romantic at heart. I try to touch the chord that I think every woman feels – the search for that true, undying love. As for the suspense part, I have a great admiration for law enforcement personnel and try to pay tribute to them in all my books. Every book features a police, fire or state/federal agent because they are the good guys who deserve our respect and loyalty. And they always win.

4. HOW DOES YOUR WRITING PROCESS WORK?
Well, this isn’t an easy question to answer. I’m a pantzer, first of all. No outlines. No idea how the middle of the book is going to read or where my characters will take me. I get the spark of an idea – whether from a real life crime lodged in my brain or the turn of a phrase I heard from the next table over – and it starts to percolate. There are stories already filed in my brain that I know I want to write and, much like a tornado swirling around and gaining strength, the plot comes into focus. Then I begin writing. I never number my chapters – the heading simply says Chapter – because my thoughts will tumble out not necessarily in the correct order. Often, chapter three or four turns out to be my first chapter. But once started, I simply write until it’s done.

NEXT WEEK:
I’ve got two really great authors lined up for you to read next Monday, June 9 – Robyn Bachar, who writes paranormal romance, and Lynn Crandall, another romantic suspense author.

Robyn Bachar enjoys writing stories with action, adventure, humor, and happily-ever-afters. Her paranormal romance Bad Witch series, historical paranormal romance series Bad Witch: The Emily Chronicles, and spicy space opera romance trilogy Cy’ren Rising are available from Samhain Publishing. Her books have finaled in PRISM Contest for Published Authors, the Passionate Plume Contest, and twice in the EPIC eBook Awards.
Robyn’s blog link is: http://therobyn.blogspot.com/

Lynn Crandall says she is one of those people who never works. I love writing and editing and that’s what I do for a living, but I do consider it a business. I also love reading, relaxing with my family, which includes one cat at this point, and spending time in nature.
Lynn’s blog link is:  http://thewritewaycafe.blogspot.com/

I hope you will check out their answers next Monday and learn more about these two great authors.

 

 

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6 responses »

  1. I’m enjoying reading the different processes writers employ to get their books written. Nice post, Rena!

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  2. Enjoyed this post, Rena. And just hearing your “voice” again. 🙂

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  3. Rena–we miss you back in Ohio! Can’t wait till you finish that book–sounds awesome!

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  4. Hi Rena!
    Great answers and I love those law enforcement officer heroes of yours too!
    AE

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  5. I love your post and your writing, Rena! It’s fun to read about your process — one pantser to another.

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  6. Great post, Rena. Best wishes to you and your writing!
    -R.T. Wolfe

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