Sunday, May 25, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Hop

I was just tagged in this blog hop by two lovely ladies who write together as a mother-daughter team.  Helen and Lorrie write as HL Carpenter and we are all published by Musa.  You can find them over here.  

Now, I have a feeling I've already done this blog-hop, but I figure it can't hurt to do it again.  A different day may bring different answers.....

What are you currently working on?

I'm trying desperately to finish the book I dropped when I started edits on An Unstill Life.  It's slow going because I'm struggling to find my way back into it.  But with any luck, I should be done by the end of the week.  I'm calling it Finding Lana Jones, and it's about a girl who has been in juvenile prison since she was eleven and has just been released at eighteen with a new identity.

How does your writing process work?

I'm weird.  I don't write beginning to end, but start somewhere near the middle.  There's always one scene that sparks a book for me, so I write that first.  Then I work both ways from there.

How does your work differ from others of its genre?

I think I'm willing to push things further.  I don't always let the sex happen off screen or flinch away from subject matter that might make people uncomfortable.

Why do you write what you do?

I wrote a whole post on this over at the Musa Blog just a few weeks ago!  I write YA because I love the newness of everything and the uncertainty as people discover who and what they are.

Now, because I've already done this, and passed it on once, I think I'll leave it up to my readers to decide if they want to be a part of it.  So if you want to, grab the questions above and answer them on your own blog.  Just let me know in the comments so I can come and see what your process is like!


  1. I'm delighted to hear Lana is coming along - and that you even picked a title. I love it!! :)

  2. I can see where starting in the middle can work well. I guess it depends on the story and how it strikes you. I usually start from both ends and fill in the middle, but I have some middles written up that need something built around them.

    Tossing It Out

  3. That's also why I love YA.

    I'm also trying to get into the groove of some manuscripts I had to abandon because of various deadlines.

  4. We missed this earlier, Kate! Sorry about that, and thank you for the mention. Enjoyed reading about your process.

    Off to share with everyone. :)