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I've been tagged on the My Writing Process blog hop by Antonia van Zandt. The rules are simple: link back to her blog and forward to three other writers, plus answer the following questions:

1. What am I working on?

I just finished and signed a contract to publish a new urban fantasy with elven characters, entitled Cross Keys. Now I'm busy writing Wild Fire (Guardian Witch Book Six) and am currently on Chapter nine. This book has a new twist which you haven't seen in the series before!

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

The Otherworld characters are known to and interact with human society, working side by side to solve crimes or defeat enemies. The heroine is a supernatural cop with a human partner; they often use normal police procedures and forensics to resolve very un-normal situations. While there is a strong romantic line, the mystery and adventure storyline predominates. The series has an overall story arc and should be read in order, but each book has a resolution of its own.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I've always loved to read urban fantasy, but I started writing it by accident. When I first began the book that was to be Awakening the Fire, it had a different title, a different name for the heroine, and I thought I was writing a traditional mystery or police procedural. On the second or third day of writing, I realized my heroine was a witch. I had to stop and do several weeks of world building before the story could move forward again! :)
I've continued writing in the genre because I love the way it stretches my imagination to find new and different ways to challenge my heroine yet ground the story in elements of the real world.

4. How does my writing process work?

I write every day, and I do best when I set goals--usually 2000 - 2500 daily words. My first drafts tend to be skinny, often not much more than pages of dialogue. My manuscript could grow 15-20k on the second pass as I add details and descriptions. (I'm trying to get better about this, and do more on the first draft.) First draft will take anywhere from six weeks to three months, with at least a full rewrite and a full edit pass taking another two to six weeks. A second edit takes place once the manuscript is reviewed by my critique partner, Kath Boyd Marsh. Smaller edit passes include searches for overused words and a check to see I have utilized the five senses. Typos and punctuation are proofed on every pass and still the little gremlins manage to creep in. Luckily, Nancy Cassidy, my editor at Etopia Press, is good at catching those when we eventually do the rounds of formal edits prior to publication!

Enough about me. I'd like to pass the torch to these lovely writers. You can read about their writing process next week on April 28:

1. Kath Boyd March, Letters from Earth
2. Kirstin Pulioff, author
3. EE Carter, author

Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon!



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