My very talented author friend John K. Patterson tagged me as part of a blog tour titled The Writing Process. I'm honored to be part of this tour! I met John through Pikes Peak Writers and a writers' night at a local bookstore. His exciting works can be found on Amazon, and I recommend them for an entertaining read!
Now...to get to the questions from the blog tour...
What am I working on?
I'm finalizing edits for the May release of my sci-fi novel Heralds of the Crown: Poison. I am super excited about this book, as it launches my epic space opera saga The Crown's Call. I am working toward a final draft of Once Upon a Heist to pitch at an upcoming writers' conference. And I just had a brand new sci-fi story idea come to me that I'm trying to get down titled Stream of Consciousness.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
My work differs in that it is classic space opera with Christian elements. I am so grateful to the cluster of folks I've found who champion Christian speculative fiction. It's great to know there are people out there with a hunger for such things. That being said, I haven't been a dedicated follower of Christ all my life, so I am sensitive to those who don't want to be preached at. I've tried to craft stories that honor God, while leaving the door open to all who might dare to venture in.
Why do I write what I do?
I'm a sci-fi geek. I love everything from Star Wars to Star Trek to Firefly to Battlestar Galactica. In looking for books to satisfy my cravings for such stories, I stumbled upon all kinds of explicit scenes. Now, that's great for some people, but when I started writing seriously with the intent to publish, I was a pastor's wife. I also have young children. I wanted to be able to share my work with different age groups, and with that, my style was born.
How does my writing process work?
I have an unusual process. I start in the middle of the story and work my way outward. Long before I start writing, the idea comes in a daydream. I imagine a conversation between a couple of characters. It sets the stage for the rest of the plot and cast.
When I'm actually writing, I enjoy a cup of hot herbal tea or decaf coffee. I steal as many moments as I can. Being a mom, that can get hairy, but I have a wonderful, supportive husband who distracts my little ones. I write in the morning before school, my lunch hour, and after bedtime.
I've so enjoyed sharing this with you. This blog tour is such a neat idea! I love the thought of authors supporting authors. It's through such relationships that we create better stories for our readers.
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