I was recently tagged by uber fantastic author, Dahlia Savage, to participate in this blog tour, but first, I have a confession to make: if you’ve noticed that I’ve been sort of absent from my blog for the last few months (or hey, maybe you hadn’t!) it’s because (insert drum roll) I’m expecting!
And dude, let me tell you; I’ve had pregnancy brain like nobody’s business! I’m finally getting to a place where I feel like I can focus again (and blog). So I’m hoping to reconnect with some of you again. So forgive my absence. But you know, pregnancy brain issues.
Ahem. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, to the task at hand….
1. What are you working on?
A few things! I’m preparing for the release of my first paranormal novel (I use the word prepare loosely here. Ever since I found out I was pregnant I’ve had some major brain fog and I would pretty much just get up in the mornings and stare at the walls). But anyhoo, the novel is about a woman who shakes things up after she moves to a small town in Louisiana. I’m planning for a tentative release in September (but the baby is due then so don’t hold me to that!). I’ll be giving updates along the way, so stay tuned!
I’m also working on new stuff. I don’t want to give too much away because I’m superstitious about talking about a story before I’m done with the first draft, but I can share a little bit and hopefully I won’t piss off my muse. But before we get into that, let’s talk: something must be seriously wrong with me. Right before I got married I wrote a novel about a woman who gets left at the altar, and a few months before I found out I was expecting, I started writing a novel about a kidnapping. Any psychologists in the house?
I also have what feels like a paranormal mystery in the works. But you know how characters are. They just go around all willy nilly, narrating their own lives and completely disregarding my well thought out outlines. So we’ll see how that one turns out.
How does my work differ from others of its genres?
Okay, so I have a confession to make: I don’t read in the genres I write in. It’s not something that I do purposefully, it just sort of happens. I typically only read between projects (maybe 4 books a year. I’ve tried reading more but when I’m working on a novel I kind of just stare at the page and then I have to go back and reread because I’m daydreaming so much.). If I had to take a gander at how my work differs from others of its genre I guess I’d have to say that I write about “regular” people in small towns who get into really big trouble. My novels also generally take place in South West Louisiana and if not, then the characters are from there.
Why do I write what I do?
I write the kind of stories that I’d like to read. That’s one of the main reasons I wrote my paranormal novel. I wanted to see a story about a woman of color from my neck of the woods who ends up with a really big problem to solve, all while finding out that there’s a bit of magic in the world (even if it’s scary magic). I also write what I do because I love being able to shock readers. When I’m writing I’m like, “Ha! Bet you didn’t see that one coming!”
How does your writing process work?
Well, I’ll get an idea. I’ll either “see” a character in action or “hear” narration. I typically wait a few days until the first line comes to me (okay, pours out of me), and then I write that down. Then I jot down what might be the first page (or first few pages) to get a feel of who this new character is and the world they live in, and then I walk away from it for a while (sometimes for months). And when I go back to it, the idea has been simmering for so long that the outline just sort of plops out, and then I revise that outline within an inch of its life before (gulp) beginning the long and fear-inducing and nerve-wracking process of writing a novel.
Whew! So that wasn’t so bad! And now it’s my turn to tag someone and I am tagging none other than the stupendous blogger, Faith Simone. You can check out some of Faith’s work in the anthology Voices from the Block: A legacy of African American Literature.
Until next time!