Monthly Archives: January 2014

“My Writing Process” Blog Tour

Today’s post is a stop on the “My Writing Process” blog tour. Thank you Rachel Brimble for asking me to hop on board!

writer-402x415This tour is a chance for authors to offer others a glimpse into their work and innermost thoughts.  Yes, I’m usually an open book (both pun & bad cliché intended), but perhaps I’ll show a side yet to be seen.

 Q. What am I working on?

I’ve just been offered a three-book contract on a series, the first book with the title “Share the Moon.” So I will be quite busy working on those additional two books, all taking place in the fictional northwestern Connecticut town of Northbridge, located on beautiful Blue Moon Lake. Here’s a little about SHARE THE MOON.

Blue Moon Gazette reporter Sophie Shaw doesn’t know what make of resort developer Duncan Jamieson. Days away from signing a contract to purchase property and fulfill her dream to start a vineyard on its fertile soils, the prosperous businessman sails in and blows her offer out to sea. The purchase was a chance to start her life again and put the death of her son and a marriage that crumbled with the loss of his life behind her. When the only other reporter on the small-town press has a family emergency, Sophie gets stuck dealing with the executive, but everything he does compromises her integrity as a journalist.

Duncan has personal reasons for buying the land, but his offer hinges on the approval of zoning changes to permit his super-sized resort to be built. Duncan remembers Sophie from family trips to the lake during his boyhood, where an adolescent crush on her left him without conquest. His heart always a shut book, the growth of his business took priority in his life. Older and wiser, he now finds Sophie notices him this time. Despite his confident exterior, letting her into his life offers its own set of risks.

Bribery rumors make Sophie wary of Duncan and his firm, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her research as a journalist uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson of all for them both. 

Q. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

As a writer of romantic fiction, my characters are a little unconventional. The ages of most romance heroines and heroes fall between twenty to early thirties. My characters are approaching the mature side of thirty and beyond. My novels also have an element of intrigue, where ordinary people in ordinary lives face some unusual circumstances.

case 1.inddQ. Why do I write what I do?

Because I love watching a romance bloom and also love a little mystery. I devoured every Nancy Drew book possible when I was younger, but always wanted to know more about her relationship with Ned Nickerson. I supposed I’m now satisfying my own wishes.

 Q. How does your writing process work?

I’m a pantster, who tries to plot. I write every single day, from 7:30 a.m. until my dogs start hounding me for dinner or a walk. Characters evolve. They start as a sketch, but the more I’m with them, the colors of their personality fill in. Each new scene, line of dialogue or back story incident gives them the breath of life. It’s a process though, not an immediate thing. I spend a lot of time standing back and trying to figure out the big picture of my story, the purpose of my character’s journey.

 This blog tour will continue on 2/3/14 with posts from these fine authors:

Shehanne Moore: Shehanne Moore writes gritty, witty, historical romance, set wherever takes her fancy. What hasn’t she worked at while pursuing her dream of becoming a published author? Shehanne still lives in Scotland,  with her husband Mr Shey. She has two daughters. When not writing intriguing historical romance, where goals and desires of sassy, unconventional heroines and ruthless men, mean worlds collide, she plays the odd musical instrument and loves what in any other country, would not be defined, as hill-walking. Her third book. Loving Lady Lazuli, the first in the London Jewel Thieves series  was recently released. http://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/‎

Ellen Butler: Ellen Butler, in 140 characters or less. Author, mother, wife, shoe lover, chocoholic, fashion fan, sarcastic wit, autumn enthusiast, dancer, book worm, and good-time devotee. Visit me at www.ellenbutler.net

Noelle Clark: Noelle Clark is an Australian author who weaves romance, suspense and adventure into colorful and often exotic locations around the world. Widely traveled, Noelle uses real life experience of places, culture, and people, as a backdrop to her stories, giving the reader an authentic taste of the location. Her novels feature strong, mature, heroines and heroes, who – often without knowing it – are ready for new beginnings. Noelle’s characters, like her, believe that love can be sweet at any age. Visit her website at  http://www.noelleclark.blogspot.com.au/