I’ve been tagged my fellow indie author and friend Jade Kerrion to partake in this sort of blog tour/sort of blog hop kind of thing. It’s really informal and it mostly exists for fun. The game is to answer the questions and then tag three more people. So, here we go!
What am I working on?
I’m currently working on the last book in my trilogy, titled The Guardian. It’s been a battle to finish and I’m slowly getting through the second draft, but I’m holding out hope that I’ll get the book done this year.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
This is an interesting question. I haven’t read a lot of other fantasy YA books, but the ones that I have don’t really write the super long, super epic worlds that are similar to Eragon. I think the only aspect I share with Eragon is the large world with various creatures living together in that world and like most epic fantasies. Unlike most epic fantasies, my main character is a girl and I handle the execution of it differently than most, too. Her relationship to the other characters is secondary to her main goal. She’s not concerned with a romantic relationship and is even quite oblivious to any affection that a guy might have for her. Her main concern is to save the world and her own happiness comes second. She struggles with that from time to time and wishes she was normal and that the fate of the world isn’t on her shoulders.
Another aspect of my work that I think is different from most other books is the mythology. I ended up creating an entire mythology from the ground up after researching various religions and gods. At first I wanted to use the Greek pantheon of gods because it would be the easy thing to do, but that didn’t make sense because this was another world. I ended up combining the Gnostic creation story and twisting it with my version of the Greek pantheon of gods to create an all new “religion” that fit my world and the culture. I’m sure it’s something that’s been done before (nothing is completely original, after all) but I’ve never come across a book that’s done it.
Why do I write what I write?
I wanted something that I could really get into. And when I first started my adventure with these characters, I really wanted to read a high fantasy that mixed mythology with it. If it’s something I, myself, wouldn’t read, then I’m not going to write it.
How does my writing process work?
My writing process is fairly “simple.” I create an outline. I used to worry that I wrote my outlines, but not so much anymore. Outlines can be as little or as elaborate as you need them to be. For me, they’re fairly simple and summarize what I expect to see in a scene and what every chapter should be about.
After outlining, I move on to the dreaded first draft. The first draft is cause for many headaches. And head bashing into desks and/or walls. The first draft also follows the outline quite a bit, but I might change some things. After the first draft has been written, we move on to what I like to think of as the actual writing part. My writing part consists of more drafts and more changes and sometimes the final product is vastly different from my outlines and that’s OKAY. Don’t feel that your story MUST follow your outline (if you’re an outliner) because if the story needs to go in a different direction than you originally thought, then let it go. If you force your story to stay on a set path that you want, it’s going to sound forced and awkward and not be any good (usually).
Once my writing part is done, I let some beta readers read it and I take their critiques into consideration when I do one final edit and then deem it ready for publication. If you can afford it, I highly recommend any serious writer who wants to publish their work to get an editor once they think they’re ready for publication. If not, a good, reliable team of beta readers will probably help you find any editing mistakes if you ask.
I’m supposed to tag three more people now, but me and tagging other people always tends to fail. So I’m going to leave this open to any writer who wants to partake in this. If you do end up writing a blog post about your own process, do be sure to leave your link in the comments! I love to read up on what’s happening with other writers and their own process. Happy writing!