I’d like to thank Willy Robbins for inviting me to participate in The Big Easy Blog Tour. If you’ll read to the end of this blog, you’ll find another author who will answer the same questions on June 30. Be sure to check them out.
Reap & Repent blurb
They see death. Can they share a life?
Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.
Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.
A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.
What am I working on now?
My current project is a paranormal ghost romance. It’s a departure from The Reaper Series and will be a stand-alone book. I project it to be in the 70-80K range. I’m 40K into it and my ghostly hero has only now made physical contact for the first time. Ghost heroes are…complicated. I can’t wait to see how it plays out!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think my reaper series is different mostly in the type of monsters in love I write about. I wanted to choose a species that hadn’t been oversaturated. There aren’t too many authors out there writing reapers, although it’s growing! I love how we’ve all approached our worldbuilding in such different ways.
Why do I write what I do?
I’ve been in love with monsters for a long time, since I first started reading Stephen King ages ago. But it was J.R. Ward’s Dark Lover which made me realize monsters in LOVE were even better. That book sent my imagination reeling. I don’t discriminate. I want love for vampires, shifters, witches and of course, reapers.
The dark hero speaks to me, and when I find him in the shadows, it’s my job to bring him into the light, sometimes kicking and screaming. Reading urban fantasy and paranormal romance makes me crave contact with the things that go bump in the night. Don’t fear the reaper, because reapers need love too.
How does my writing process work?
My writing process is a work in progress itself. The first book I totally pantsed. The second, I collected sticky notes from the nether regions: car, desk, notebooks, bathroom mirror, and then compiled them into a list. I sorted, shuffled, added, and subtracted until … HOLY COW, I had a plot! Things moved along quickly after that. For my third book I made that plot list FIRST and included a whole bunch of “What if” questions. Then I picked the ones that made sense and worked them into the story. Somehow it all magically tied together all three books. I’m fairly certain most of that was divine intervention.
On my current WIP, the ghost romance called Haunt My Heart, I wrote a bona fide FIVE PAGE synopsis! Now at the halfway point, I’ve mostly followed it but discovered I needed to speed up some of the later elements and add a few plot twists to carry it through to the 75-80K I’m shooting for.
It’s tough when your hero and heroine don’t meet in person until halfway through the book! The good news is they have a lot of ground to make up and this second half is going to smoke.
I write mostly at night after the family has gone to bed. Usually I stay up from 8:30 or 9 p.m. until midnight writing or working on writing related things: blog posts, social media or actual word accumulation on a novel.
I average about 500 words an hour but strive for 1000. My record was 4,700 in one day. That was epic. I’m just happy for forward progress. I’m really working to speed up my overall novel completion. The first three books took me six months each to write. If I didn’t have a day job, I could do it in three or less I’m sure. It’s tough juggling all those balls: family, day job, home, writing. But I have a great support group and so far so good.
Keep writing and reap on.
That’s my process.
Hop back and read Willy Robbins’ post from last week.
Hop forward to next week (June 30), for the next author, ANGELA ROQUET On her blog, she’ll be sharing her own writing process, and I’m sure it’ll be fascinating to discover how different we all are in the way we work.
Here’s a bit about ANGELA ROQUET
Urban Fantasy Author Angela Roquet lives in Sedalia, Missouri with her husband and son. When she’s not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows.