Writing Process Bloghop

Oooo! I almost never get to play these fun little games.

Okay, okay. Before I get carried away. The winners from my impromptu Muse contest are….*drum roll, please*…


Author Trent Evans

Cara Bristol

and Tara Finnegan!

Congratulations! As soon as Chasing Chelsea is released (I’m hearing May 10th), I will send out your copies. 🙂 Thank you so much to everyone who played!

Now, onto today’s bloghop. I was nominated for this by Etta Stark, who’s own submission can be found here.

I was asked to answer four little questions, and here they are:

Question 1: What am I working on?

Right now, I am working on Last Dance for Cadence, which is the tenth book in the Corbin’s Bend series, the first of which is due to be released very soon and which was written by the extremely talented Thiana Doesitmatter.

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

Wow….good question. Last year I attended the RT Convention in Kansas City and, in particularly, I sat in on a panel of authors who were talking about what makes an author successful. One of them said, “Don’t care about your characters.” Now, I know what she was trying to say, which is: if you get bogged down in making perfect characters who always have the perfect response in any given situation, not only will you drive yourself crazy, but you’ll drive your readers crazy too because those kinds of people just don’t exist in the wild. So, if this is norm among my fellow authors these days, then I would say what I do differently is I care about my characters and not a single one of them is perfect. I’m a big believer in making my heroes and heroines flawed, because that’s the way that real people come. I also try to write about something different. I don’t want to do the same scenario. I want plots that could actually happen with characters you’d want to meet and be friends with. My goal is to make you laugh when it’s funny, cry when it’s not, and to see a little piece of yourself in what my characters do, say or go through.

Question 3: Why do I write what I do?

Because this is what my interest is. I’ve been writing spanking romances since I was a kid. Seriously. My first story was a spinoff of Disney’s Tailspin. I had my own female character partnered with Sheer Khan, of course, because let’s face it, he might be evil but he’s also the alpha male of that world. Even from that very young age, I was attracted to that dynamic. Then I grew up a little and wrote Judgment at 17. Sheer fantasy. It comes across as being harsh because of that, but I whipped out Judgment, A Brief Education and The Companion before I was 19, and when I was done, I realized I just could not live my life without experiencing these fantasies for real. So, I went out and got myself a Dom or two (or more) and I haven’t looked back since. This is the way I live my life and so this is what I choose to write. I simply cannot be any way other than the way I am.

Question 4: How does my writing process work?

My writing process begins and ends with an ungodly amount of coffee. I should have bought stock in Keurig.

Each morning, I stagger out to my office and prepare my first cup of coffee. Then I’ll answer my emails and Facebook messages, fix a second cup of coffee, get all caught up with what’s going on in the authoring world, then the news world, then the Dear Abby world, and when I have finally wasted as much time as humanly possible, I’ll fetch yet another cup of coffee, put my headset on, turn on a selection of music that speaks with what I have to write that day and I’ll go to work.

This is my job, and while I may or may not get dressed for it, I do take it somewhat seriously. I often pull 10-14 hour days, including weekends and holidays. In fact, I haven’t held a regular job in so long at this point I probably couldn’t get hired on as a Walmart door greeter. Which is good for everybody, frankly, because I’d be hard pressed not to pull a Jeff Dunham–Welcome to Walmart. Now get your shit and get out! 🙂

Unfortunately, I have no one to nominate to continue this tread. Everyone I asked has either already done it or were just too busy with other hops. Awww!

6 thoughts on “Writing Process Bloghop

  1. Thank goodness for email alerts! to click on the link and see my name sitting there was a totally unexpected pleasure. I can’t wait to read Chasing Chelsea. It sounds wonderful. Thank you, Maren.
    I also loved this post – I love reading how other authors work.
    Wow, you started writing very young. And you certainly knew what you wanted from your personal life.
    The coffee – is that not mandatory? I am sure I saw it somewhere in the fineprint.

    • The coffee is mandatory in my house. We are going through some creamer too. Like I said, I should have bought stock. Although, recently I’ve discovered the joy of Chai Tea. That stuff is awesome!

  2. Can’t wait for both these books to come out!! Yay!
    I giggled at your comment about the time online.
    Wow, 10-14 hours is a long day!

    Keep up the great work!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh, I missed this when you first posted! Really interesting answers. I love that Shere Khan was your original Alpha Male fantasy. Do you think the accent helped?

    I am so impressed with any writers that make enough money from writing to do it as their full-time job. That’s definitely my dream.

    • Oh yeah. The accent totally helped. So did the suit, frankly. Put a British tiger in a three-piece suit and I would not kick him out of bed for eating crackers, that’s for sure.

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