Got tagged by my agent and fellow author Erzsi Deak in the My Writing Process blog tour so here I am to do my duty. If you’re looking for more, backtrack to Erzsi’s book site for PUMPKIN TIME! for some more on her just-released children’s book of the same name.
What am I working on?
At the moment, I’m juggling a few projects. Firstly, I’m working on my manuscript for Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal prequel, working title SHADOWS OF THE DARK CRYSTAL (Grosset & Dunlap, projected for summer 2016). I’m also in the last dregs of editing/revising a sci-fi Western trilogy which takes place in a post-apocalyptic, wild wild midwest and features a smart-mouthed, gunslinging, Corvette-racing antiheroine (it’s good). Finally, I’m still doing research for a planned historical fantasy set in the wild of 1860’s America.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’d like to think I bring a fresh perspective to classic character archetypes, but that might be presumptuous. My main interest in terms of context is in genre fusion; I prefer to write in the intersection of contrasting genres. I try to keep my plots classic and straightforward while maximizing complex character arcs and interactions. I also find myself focusing more on family relationships and dynamics rather than romantic ones, as tend to be more typical in the sci-fi/fantasy genre.
What do I write what I do?
I write what I do because it’s most interesting to me. If I get bored with a project I usually won’t finish it; I only finish projects I’m totally invested in and enamored with.
How does my writing process work?
Since my first couple big projects, I’ve become a strong proponent of outlining. I now will outline an entire novel prior to writing it. Once I feel good about the outline I’ll sit and write from front to back. Then round after round of revision… boring stuff, good yield though!
If you’re following the tour, I’ll shoot you forward to fellow authors David Schwartz and Nancy Gray! Follow their blogs and online projections for the next stops…
David J. Schwartz
David J. Schwartz is the author of the Nebula-nominated novel Superpowers and a couple of dozen short stories. His most recent work is Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic: The Thirteenth Rib. He is currently writing the autobiography of a dragon.
He can be found at www.snurri.com and tumbls around at snurri.tumblr.com
Nancy Gray lives in South Carolina with her husband and daughter. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in media arts and an English cognate. She started out as a graphic designer and then changed professions when she realized that writing was her calling. Her short story “Marrow” appeared in Deep Space Terror, and her stories “Hemophobia” and “Sleep Like the Dead” appeared in the New Bedlam Project.
She is also a fellow finalist from the Dark Crystal Author Quest, and can be found on Facebook and her blog at nancygray.blogspot.com