Monday 17 February 2014

My Writing Process - Blog Tour

Thank you to Georgina Troy for nominating me, along with two other writers, to take part in the My Writing Process Blog Tour. Georgina is the author of A Jersey Kiss and the forthcoming A Jersey Affair. You can find out more about Georgina on her blog here.

As part of the tour, I'll answer the following questions and then nominate three other writers to take part.

1) What am I working on?

I'm working on my second novel, which is a romantic comedy with a bit of a magical twist. I'm at the second draft stage, so there is plenty of cutting and rearranging going on at the moment, as well as writing new scenes.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

In A Beginner's Guide To Salad, the heroine is overweight and wants to go through an ugly-duckling-to-swan transformation to impress her old classmates. There are loads of makeover stories out there, but I wanted to focus more of what is on the inside of Ruth rather than the outside.

With my new book, it's a romantic comedy but with an element of magic. Ally, the main character, makes a wish that comes true and turns her life upside down.

3) Why do I write what I do?
I write romantic comedies - or chick lit - because they're the kinds of books I like to read. I love fun characters and storylines with lots of humour thrown in. I also write what I do because the voices in my head would never shut up if I didn't tell their story.

4) How does my writing process work?

I'm a massive planner, so that comes first. I plan everything, from the characters and their individual storylines before moving onto planning each chapter. It does take quite a while - around a month - but I've found this is what works for me.

Once the plans are in place, I write my first draft and then put it away (for around a month) before diving back in for the second draft. I have another read through and make any changes, repeating until I'm happy with the manuscript. I then send it away to an editor and then make the necessary changes. I then read through it (about a million times) until I feel it's ready to be proofread and published.

Now it's time to nominate three other writers:

Jaimie Admans

Jaimie is a 29-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea and watching horror movies. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps.

She has been writing for years, but has never before plucked up the courage to tell people.

She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedy Kismetology and YA romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.

You can find out more about Jaimie at her website

Kyra Lennon

Kyra is a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she's not reading, you'll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or girling it up at the nearest shopping mall.

Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels. Her debut novel, Game On (New Adult Contemporary Romance), was released in July 2012, and she scored her first Amazon Top 20 listing with her New Adult novella, If I Let You Go in November 2012.



Elle Field

Elle Field is a twenty-something chick lit author who lives in London with her boyfriend. She enjoys exploring and photographing Blighty's capital, seeing far too many musicals, and eating her way around London's culinary delights. Her debut novel Kept was released last year, followed by Geli Voyante's Hot or Not. Look out for Lost, Kept's sequel, in 2014, as well as The Dirtification of Tabitha-Rose.

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