First and foremost, I’d like to send big hugs to author Katie Hayoz for inviting me to participate in this blog tour.
When you get a chance, please drop by and say hello to the wonderfully kind Katie.
* Drop by her Blog
* And check out her Amazon Page to pick up Untethered.
Next up, I’m going to try and answer the following questions concerning my writing process—fair warning, this could get weird.
What am I working on?
Right now, I’m putting the finishing touches on the third book in my urban fantasy, fairy tale series, The Merworld Water Wars. I always hate coming to the end of one of these books because I adore these characters. They really are my pen-to-paper children.
At the same time, my pathetic heart has been delivering a plethora of slightly twisted love stories to my brain. So, I’m outlining a series of romance novels I hope will bring smiles…and possibly help me to once again believe that true love really is out there…maybe even for me.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Oh, Lordy, I've never given it much thought, apart from just generally believing that every author's work represents their unique voice.
I guess my work is kinda crazy—there’s wacky dialogue, bizarre personality traits, etc. Of course this may reflect upon the way my brain is wired…but we’ll just leave that sure-to-be humiliating chat for another day.
I also love to infuse humor wherever possible, even in potentially life-threatening situations. That may sound a bit twisted, but there it is... Basically, I just write how I hear my characters and embrace the brand of humor I inherited from my mom and dad, however goofy it may be.
Why do I write what I do?
I reject reality. No, really, I do.
And…at the end of the day, it’s all about the characters. The characters are everything to me; without them, the story would mean absolutely nothing. THEY are the story, in essence. Though I write because I absolutely love it, the stories/genres come from the characters living within my imagination, willing me to tell their tale. That was sappy. I tend to bring the sap sometimes.
How does your writing process work?
Well, I rarely plan anything to start. When the characters start coming to life inside my head, I begin writing. From there, I will ‘see’ where the story is meant to go, so I’ll hurry and write everything down before it escapes out my ears. This has happened at 4 a.m. It’s why I keep a notebook in my bed…and possibly why I’m still rocking the single tag.
Sometimes, I find listening to music, cleaning, and pacing helps with roadblocks or awaken previously unknown characters/stories inside my noggin. Just recently, I found myself whimpering until I broke through a difficult chapter. It wasn’t one of my best moments, but it worked.
I have three wonderful authors I'd love for you all to meet:
Amber Garr is one of the friendliest people I've had the pleasure of meeting. <3 I'm really looking forward to reading about her writing process! Look for it next Monday, February 24th.
Connect with Amber:
* Visit her Amazon Page & pick up her novels
Bio: Amber spends her days as a scientist and nights writing about other worlds. Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry kids. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner, author of Waterproof, The Syrenka Series, The Leila Marx Novels, and the upcoming Death Warden Series. When not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.
Meet up & coming author, Krysta Haney! She's a total sweetheart and, let me tell you, she's going to bring some epic reads for us to devour. Remember her name & bookmark her page, y'all! Get ready to read all about her writing process next Monday, February 24th.
Connect with Krysta:
Bio: I am a mother of two (sometimes) wonderful children. My son is 5 and my daughter is 3 so they keep me pretty busy. I am married to a wonderful man who supports me in any and everything I do or want to do. He IS my best friend, I tell him everything. My life is focused around my family and friends but when I get the occasional time to myself, I have a range of things to bide my time. I like drawing, but I haven't had the time for it in some time. I have designed two of my three tattoos (only because the third one is just letters, but I did write those out) and I plan on designing at least one more of the small handful I want. I'm not really a girly girl although I do have moments. I like doing my nails and getting them done (especially since my mom decided to be a nail tech, lol) so I buy nail polish all the time. The last couple years I have been getting involved with photography and would eventually love to have my own studio, but for now my busy times are late Spring until end of fall (Octoberish). When I'm not dealing with photography I have been trying to get back into writing. It was something that I used to do since about first grade but some college choices led me to pull it back some. It was something that I thought I would be doing for the rest of my life. Publications of books in my mid 20's of the works I had in mind and the ones I had yet to come up with. But that didn't happen. I'm finally finding my inspiration and way back to it. And I am loving every minute when I do have the time.
Though my last author couldn't participate, I thought it only right for you to meet her--she's another sweetie (and, yeah, she admires Viggo as much as I do). ;) Please meet Dina Keratsis!
Connect with Dina:
* Visit her Amazon Page & pick up her novels
Bio: Dina Keratsis is an award-winning author of fantasy and romance fiction in which all roads lead to illumination and magic is found in the mundane. A New England girl, she has a penchant for punk rock, Scottish tea rooms and a mad crush on Sirius Black. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.