A Blog Hop on the Writing Process

A big thank you to Angela Addams for tagging me in this writing process Blog Hop! I love reading about what other authors are up to, and how they get from idea to finished manuscript. Before reading my post, you should head over to Angela’s blog to read her information!

Welcome back.

Now for my process!

1) What am I working on?

This is always a fun question, because it’s never a simple answer. I just released book 2 is my Meratis Trilogy: Eventide. After a bit of a break, I’m just about to throw myself into book 3 – Evenlight. I’m excited about this one, but admittedly a little nervous as well. I’ve been with these characters for a while now. I like them. I don’t want to let go of them. But at the same time, considering the subject matter, they’ll probably be relieved for me to stop messing in their lives.

Never one to work on something without the next goal in mind, I’ve also started brainstorming ideas for the next series on my list. I’ve decided to resurrect my Daughter of Time series, which is the story of the accidentally-immortal sorceress Katerina. It’s such a fun cast of characters, lots of room for historical research, and I’m looking forward to getting back into it.

Finally, a step outside of the fantasy genre, I’m working at a murder mystery novella, very pulpy and fun, set in the burlesque community.

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

The Meratis books are pretty unique entities in the fantasy genre, I think. The purpose of the concept was to play with that fourth wall, so it’s steeped in layers of meta fiction – characters aware that they’re characters; an author with no control over his story, losing his imagination and having to rely on the people he created to help him get through it. I did my best to avoid any grim dark themes, keeping the tone light, with as much humour as possible. I had so much fun writing these stories, that I hope the readers have just as much fun reading it.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I don’t limit myself to genre. Everything I write is very character-driven. I follow the voices in my head and see where they take me. I love seeing where they take me – whether it’s to the European Witch trials or a fictional world within a fictional world.

4) How does your writing process work?

I confess I don’t have a set process. I find it changes depending on the project. For the first two Meratis novels, I wrote the first drafts within 30 days and then started edits. So far Book 3 is requiring some extra brainstorming sessions. Brainstorming typically involves mass music buying to trigger scene and character ideas, and then vomiting ideas over every scrap of paper I can get my hands on. I refer to my system as the “connect-the-dots” method. I like to come up with the beginning, the ending, and some random scenes in the middle, but how I get from point to point depends entirely on the characters.

Now I tag my good friend Colin F Barnes, who just released his post-apoc novel Salt, which is a very creative and wonderful read and I highly recommend it!

Bio:

Colin F. Barnes is a full-time writer of science fiction and techno thrillers. He honed his craft with the London School of Journalism and the Open University (BA, English). Colin has run a number of tech-based businesses, worked in rat-infested workshops, and scoured the back streets of London looking for stories and fine ale.

He has three novels out in his cyberpunk technothriller series THE TECHXORCIST. His recent release is SALT: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller. To contact Colin you can email him at: hi@colinfbarnes.com

Or for more information on all his works you go to: www.colinfbarnes.com

Salt_Ebook_Lowres1-200x300In 2014 humanity didn’t stand a chance. A series of fatal climatic disasters struck, entirely drowning the planet. Now, just one hundred and twenty-five souls remain, surviving on a flotilla of damaged ships. But their survival isn’t guaranteed. Facing severe threats to their numbers by a fatal bacterium and increasingly warring factions, they discover a serial killer within their midst.

When the murderer targets Eva Morgan’s friend, her investigations draw her into a deadly mystery and a race against time before the killer’s actions destroy the fragile existence on the flotilla. The further she digs, the more secrets she uncovers, and the truth becomes a pawn in a game for ultimate survival.

With humankind on the brink of extinction, the story of SALT will take you on a thrill ride of intense emotions and incredible revelations.\

Buy now on Amazon

 

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7 comments

  1. Great to read about your writing process Krista. So interesting. It sounds completely different from mine lol. And yay for Evenlight! I’ll look forward to reading it when it’s released. ‘Salt’ sounds so exciting BTW. I might just have to check it out… 🙂

      1. Well it’s not really much of a process. I do a plan first of all and try and think of the main points for beginning, middle and end. But I end up not sticking to it rigidly once I start writing.

        Because I write straight into the computer and amend things as I go along, I don’t have what you would call a definitive first draft. I have a point where I reach the end and then I will go back, read through it carefully and make more amendments.

        Then I send it out to beta readers; when I have it back from them I edit it, then it’s off to the proofreader and then I make the final amendments before publishing.

        So it is a sort of process I suppose, but it might seem a bit haphazard to some people. Though I guess everyone’s different. 🙂

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