First of all, I want to thank Ursula Wong for inviting me to participate in this Writing Process Blog Tour. Although I’m rather busy these days (I always am!), I decided to join in because it involves answering 4 simple questions about my writing process. Plus, it gives me the opportunity to introduce other writers.
Ursula Wong is a New England author who lives in Massachusetts. Her first novel Purple Trees, a haunted mystery, is currently available on Amazon.com. Her second novel Amber Wolf will be available soon. I encourage you to find out more about her by visiting her author site.
(While you’re at it, also check out this site where Ursula and another New England author, Stacey Longo, have their own blog tour answers to the following questions.)
Now, it’s my turn. Here goes:
- What am I working on?
I’m writing the 3rd book in the Jean and Rosie series. I originally named it in Red Leather Jackets, but the title has changed. Right now, I’m keeping the new title a secret. If all goes as planned, it will be available to purchase later this year. Some of you may be wondering if it will be the last book in the Jean and Rosie series. Guess what? I don’t think so! :)
- How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My work is just that–my work. I don’t follow a formula. I write to express situations, through my characters, that many can relate to. It is my intent to have my novels not only be entertaining, but thought-provoking. I have read other novels that are similar in style, but many are not.
- Why do I write what I do?
I like to observe people and love to hear about their everyday trials, tribulations, and adventures. My books are character-driven and I’m inspired by what I see and hear around me. Plus, I’m about the same age as my main characters, so I write what I know best.
- How does my writing process work?
An idea suddenly comes to mind and the story develops from there. You could say the characters begin speaking to me about what’s going on in their lives and what they want me to share. As the story progresses, though, I encounter a few surprises. Things happen that I never planned or thought of before. Situations occur that my characters never forewarned me of. That’s when I believe I write the best. I forget that I’m actually creating the story, and I’m more involved in finding out what happens next!
Okay, it’s time to introduce you to a writer who lives in New Hampshire (like me). Even though I haven’t met her yet, I like her already and enjoy reading her blog posts.
I am New Hampshire native with an MBA in business leadership from Franklin Pierce University. By day I am a cost analyst for a manufacturing firm, but by night I am an antique dealer, blogger and mystery writer.
I am a member of the New Hampshire Writers Project and the Sisters in Crime national and New England chapters. My undergrad is in communications, which was the closest thing to a writing degree you could get at SNHU back then. I am an avid gardener, baker and reader of all types of genres.
I have two grown children and live with my boyfriend and business partner (and in-house graphic designer) Dennis. We live in an old farmhouse in Loudon, NH with our two dogs; a Newfoundland named Elli and a Lab/Hound named Cadi, and our two cats Bristol (aka Mr. Grumpy Pants) and Gracie our all white deaf kitty.
Cindy is participating in this blog tour and will be posting her answers to the blog tour questions on her site at some point next week.