Hello fellow writers! Well, this is my first “Blog Hop,” where you answer four questions on writing, then tag two other writers to continue on. Thank you, Vicki Pinder, for tagging me today. You can see her cool website at http://www.victoriapinder.com.
Ok, here goes…
As some of you know, I refer to myself as a “trans-genre” ;-) because after some 20 years as a professional nonfiction writer (I am author of three nonfiction books), I decided to make the leap into fiction. It’s been an interesting journey.
Here are my responses to the four questions:
What am I working on?
I’m currently working on the sequel to my debut novel, Peggy Sue Got Pregnant (released by Soul Mate Publishing in June 2013). It’s a “rock ’n’ romance” about what happens to a young girl in the late ’50s who finds herself pregnant (which was a huge deal back then!). The story takes readers through the next two decades of pop culture, history and two great love stories, as Peggy Sue tries to keep this family secret, and how it ultimately affects her, her daughter, Charlee, and many other lives. After that book was complete, I realized that many of the characters still had a story to tell. So I began Scoundrels & Dreamers, which focuses on Charlee’s life, and the kidnapping of her baby. That’s due out this September.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’ve always been an “outside-the-box” kind of writer, and I like mixing things up a bit. Which, of course, is not a good plan in today’s market. But I feel we must write what we’re passionate about, not what must fit into whatever trend is out there at the time. (No vampires for this girl.) So genre-speaking, my book is definitely women’s fiction because it deals with women’s issues (especially those of the 1950s – ’70s era), but there’s also romance and suspense. And lots of rock references, too. So while it’s marketed as romantic suspense, it’s also a rock ’n’ roll novel. Thankfully, Soul Mate Publishing welcomes cross-genres, so it’s the perfect publisher for what I do.
Why do I write what I do?
I started out as a nonfiction writer who wrote mostly on pop culture and history, as well as personal essays. So naturally when I switched to fiction, I knew I should stick to what I know and what I’m known for. This was before “brand” became the big buzz word. But writing about rock and pop culture has definitely become my calling card. However, nonfiction and fiction are much different art forms. I had to retrain my brain, as well as my writing voice, and at first it was a challenge. But I enjoyed the challenge, and now I’m hooked on fiction!
How does my writing process work?
I’m an early bird, so I go straight to the keyboard around 6 a.m. and work on my book first, before I go into my other work of the day (I still freelance for one publication, am a speaker and instructor, and event coordinator/director of several writers’ conferences and retreats). I stay away from going online until at least 8:30 a.m. to keep my mind solely on my book, then force myself to leave my story, which is hard, but we all have to make a living – I have yet to get a big advance for my books!
Some days, I can get three or four pages written in that time ((approximately 1,000 words). Other days are not nearly as prolific—when I’m stuck on a scene or whatnot, and work and rework just to get one or two pages down pat. Still, I feel I’m getting work accomplished, and that’s always good. And while I know you’re supposed to “write every day,” I’m afraid weekends are generally out for me. That’s my time to catch up on everything else – including time with my family and my brand new granddaughter!
So now it’s back to work! Thank you, Vicki, for giving me this opportunity to speak on my favorite subject – writing!