My process? Welp, here you go:
1) What am I working on?
I currently have three works in progress: a steamy paranormal pirate shorty, a contemporary western romance novella, and just this weekend, I decided to submit a piece for an upcoming contemporary short story anthology featuring the theme 'office romance'. It's a bit of a mess in my head, but the voices keep me entertained.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I fondly refer to my work and the overall genre as smut, but it's said with much fondness. How does my writing differ from other smexy tales out there? A UK reviewer shared the following about one of my stories: "A very short story , sensual and sexy. Strange tale but rather lovely outcome. Very well written, I did enjoy it!" I know adjectives such as 'strange' can be taken as something negative, but I've always felt anything different is worth a second and perhaps even third look. I'm a quirky individual, and it's reflected in my writing. May all my readers find my work to be a bit strange!
3) Why do I write what I do?
In reality, I'm not a romantic. I don't believe in soul mates, or even that love conquers all (or at least not romantic love). But I enjoy the fantasy of those ideas, and the beautiful interlude they provide. If readers can take a break from their hectic day, and escape into one of my stories for half an hour, it makes me feel good to know I could provide that for them.
4) How does my writing process work?
I'm a very kinesthetic person; I need movement to function. If I get stuck on a paragraph, I'll get up and pace or even go for a quick jog if it's a really bad block. I print out pictures of celebrities that look like my characters, and though the visual aspect helps, something about holding the pictures in my hands and being able to arrange and rearrange them on a table in front of me works for my brain. I'm a slow writer, and the reason for this is my first drafts are very close to what my final drafts will look like. I can't move on to a new sentence until the current sentence I'm working on 'feels' right. I'm hoping to evolve in my process, to become quicker, and become better at creating actual drafts, but for now, this is it.
I'm tagging the lovely Cait Jarrod, author of romantic suspense. Look for her writing process on April 7th.