I was tagged by the lovely Suzanne M. Harding to write a blog post about my writing process. A lot of really wonderful lesbian authors are currently doing this, and it’s been inspiring to read about their processes (every writer is so unique and different, how she brings her stories out into the world!) So here’s mine:
What are you currently working on?
Oh, goodness, a lot of things! I’m the type of writer who needs a lot of projects to keep me busy, though usually I end up concentrating on one specific project each day. I’m working right now, first and foremost, on A Knight to Remember, which will be released this week!
I’m also working on editing a novel of mine that I wrote the month before and the actual month of our wedding. It was a really wonderful project to help me relax at the end of a day of wedding planning (my wife, Natalie Vivien, and I worked on a lot of the details of our wedding ourselves because we’re crafty people…so it was stressful!). It’s a fun, magical novel that pairs paranormal elements with fantasy ones, and I hope to release it soon. I’m also working on Eternal Heartbreak, which is the fifth installment of my Sullivan Vampires series, the first novel in a series about tigress shapeshifters and the second novel in my Lone Wolf series…and a couple of other projects, believe it or not! 🙂 I’m all over the map, but my days are spent doing what I love best: writing my heart out on stories I love!
How does your work differ from others in the genre?
Well, there’s very, very little lesbian paranormal romance and fiction out there, so that already differentiates me. I don’t need to have vampires in my romance, don’t get me wrong (my wife’s work, for example, includes some of my favorite books in the genre <3), but I’ve been writing vampires and werewolves for so long that they’re just a part of me. 🙂 There’s something so inherently romantic about the idea of living forever (or, at least, a very long time for my vampires), or having something that makes you different, and being vulnerable enough to share it with someone you’re falling in love with (like being a werewolf). I like to think that I put a lot of humanity into my characters. I also think that the romance that I share with my wife makes what I write very, very romantic, which I’m grateful that my readers enjoy. 🙂
Why do you write what you do?
I write what I do because these stories are part of me. I want, more than anything, to leave this world a better place, and I work very, very hard on my stories to make them enjoyable to my readers, but at the very end of the day, I couldn’t not write these books. I dream about the characters, I love my characters, I love their struggles and their courage. Their heartache and joy is my own, and so much of myself is put into these books. Writing helps me make sense of the world. 🙂
How does your writing process work?
Oh, goodness! That’s a tough one. 🙂 Well, first and foremost, I write everyday. This is my job, so I spend a lot of time when I first wake up editing what I wrote the previous day, and then launching into the next day’s work. I work off of outlines which Natalie and I both come up with (bouncing ideas off of your wife and cementing them together is the best thing! We do this together for her novels, too. We’re both very involved in each other’s writing processes because we’re both each other’s biggest fans <3), but the story usually deviates from the outline at least a little–these characters have minds of their own! I, unfortunately, have incredibly crippling carpal tunnel, so I do my best to get as much done in the day as I can, but when it’s too painful to keep writing, I usually tend to edit an older story in the afternoon, or take a break, get some lunch, and depending on how I feel, keep working. 🙂