Thank you Sherri Hayes – for letting me participate in this Blog Hop
What I am working on now: – I am doing another contemporary romance, Never Pick a Pretty Woman – using my imagination to think of what obstacles and stereotypes they might encounter if they are so beautiful people might have no interest in looking below the surface.
I am also working on another project – a story of abuse, losing all trust, grief and trying to escape. This project is more difficult and I have put it aside a few times. At this point I don’t know whether the title will be ‘Seraphim‘ or ‘Our Darkest Hour‘. Opinions would be greatly appreciated.
How my work differs from others: – There is always my settings which are quite unique. I have heard that Canadian History and even Canadian life is not interesting. I know that’s not true. I love the rich interesting history of the west and I love living in Calgary, The New West. I also work hard at developing characters who are consistent and sometimes fun. After extensive reading, I think there are many characters who forget to have fun in their story.
Why I write what I do: – I have so many stories floating around in my head it can be confusing. Writing the story down helps me focus – then I release it so it isn’t clogging up my head and start another. I suppose I write like many others – because I have to. I write Romance because I love stories of hope and people being happy not depressed. If I’m depressed myself, I want to read something that doesn’t depress me further and many stories do.
How my writing process works – After much procrastination (checking Facebook page, or e-mails) and after a few smart steps (setting up my coffee the night before – so I don’t need to wait long for the magic brew) I will sit down and write. I try to put challenges on myself – things like writing a 1000 words a day to writing a chapter a day. I try to have the research done – a very rough outline (one sentence chapter prompts) but mainly I write what is in my head and dreams. Those sentences seem to help me keep the story in line in case I drift off course, which I’m apt to do.
Check out my website to see more ‘In Dreams we can be anyone we want’
Next Friday check out these authors as they share their writing process…
Mahrie G Reid –
writes mystery/romance fiction. As Mahrie Glab she is also a freelance non-fiction writer and instructor/facilitator for creative writing courses.After a hectic real estate appraising career in Calgary, Alberta, she enjoys the slower pace of her writing career and her activities in the writing community. She resides in central Alberta near the alluring rural Alberta foothills.
Her training and public speaking experiences include:
- A general novel writing course, a creative writing workshop and an awakening your talent workshop for Powerhouse, Pembina Consortium in Drayton Valley.
- A mystery writing course at Metro Community College in Edmonton
- Workshops for international writing conferences as well as writers groups throughout the province teaching creative-writing, writing-craft and motivational/goal setting topics:
- ARWA Romance Writers’ Conferences
- Victoria Romance Writers’ Conference
- 1999 University of Calgary, Journalism Conference
Check out her blog here
Jumbled Writer – has a book dealing with the troubles young people have to deal with in a modern, chaotic world. A failed comedian named Fred Isaac hopes to resurrect his image by starting a support group for those considering suicide. With a dark past of his own, Fred gathers together a group of four strangers: America (a fierce businesswoman and mother), Ruth (America’s quiet and depressed daughter), Meredith (a costume designer with a guilty conscience), and Len (a theatrical teenager trying to understand his world). Using multiple narrators, each group member exposes the secrets that have been holding them hostage as they look to turn their life around in this dark comedy-drama.
Check out his blog here