It’s my turn!
The #MyWritingProcess blog tour combines the best elements of writing a chain letter and having a conversation with yourself.
It works like this: You get an invitation from an author-blogger to answer four questions about your writing process. When you do, you also invite more writers to answer the same questions to pass the torch onward.
I was given the chance to participate by fellow Musa Publishing author, Carrie Russell, whose debut novel, Drowning Cactus, was released with much acclaim last year. You can check out her Writing Process blog post here.
Let’s get down to the four big Q’s circulating on this tour.
1) What am I working on?
I am working on getting the word out on Chasing Athens! But I am happily working on book number two which also falls into women’s fiction with contemporary romance element but strung in with some humor and mystery.
I’m also thinking about a sequel to Chasing Athens.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think my women’s fiction or chick lit novel is unique because of its expat themes and multicultural elements. I believe my character, Ava Martin, tries to answer many questions in her life that anyone can relate to. However, she also has the challenge of doing that abroad in an interesting, vibrant and dramatic setting such as crisis-hit Greece.
3) Why do I write what I do?
As a journalist and travel writer you have to be very observant about people and the world around you. That professional sense is only heightened when you live abroad as an expat. I live in such a colorful, vibrant and interesting city, that happens to be outside of what I knew my whole life. I had this need to tell a story about it.
There are themes that people really relate to – whether or not you are an expat, a Greek lover or even if you’ve never read women’s fiction or romantic comedies before. Exploring the sense of home, belonging and identity and doing what makes you happy are just a few things I am happy that readers tell me they understand when they’ve finished Chasing Athens. And of course – the need to sit on a beach in sun soaked Greece comes up too!
4) How does your writing process work?
I am a mapper. I like to map out things and where they are heading. That helps me to construct what will happen in a chapter or even a scene. Maybe it’s the Capricorn in me but knowing the details first gets me inspired to write them out into a story. I think once I plan things out I feel more comfortable approaching the actual writing part. Of course, details change along the way but approaching the writing for me means research, legwork and mapping it out first.
Two authors continue the My Writing Process Tour on May 26 and will share their insights into the writing life and answer the same questions.
Kaitlin Bevis is a fellow Musa Publishing author behind the acclaimed The Daughters of Zeus series.
Maureen Francsico is the author of It Takes Moxie: Off the Boat, Or Out of School, To Making It Your Way in America. Her book won in the Multicultural Nonfiction category for the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards.
I’m looking forward to their posts!