Monday, February 24, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour

It's so interesting to me how writers write because we all do it so differently. So, when fantastic author Susan Buchanan asked me to participate in this blog tour, I jumped at the chance. Thanks, Sooz!
 
I've been asked to answer four questions about my writing process. Here goes!
 
1. What am I working on?
 
I've been working on my second novel, women's fiction, for a while and I hope to have it published soon. In the meantime, I've written my first ever short story for an anthology with a group of wonderful authors. The anthology is the brain child of Francine LaSala, and all proceeds from sales of the collection will be going to charity. I don't often read short stories because I like long, thick books, but I've discovered that I love writing them. Francine and I often team edit, and we're going to be editing the anthology together, as well. I'm also working on my third novel. I don't want to give away too many details, but it's quite dark and twisted, which is a departure from my usual writing.
 
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
 
I think each of my novels differ from each other. Finding Lucas, my first novel is chick lit, with an edgy, irreverent voice and a lot of humor. My second, Everything But, is women's fiction. It definitely has my humor, but there is a lot more raw emotion in it. My third is also women's fiction, but it deals with a shocking story that is still unfolding.
 
In terms of other books in those genres, all I can say is that so many women's fiction authors have inspired me, and I can only hope to stay true to my voice. 
 
3. Why do I write what I write?
 
This is such a good question. Though I plan on one day writing a mystery because I love everything to do with suspense and intrigue, women's fiction speaks to me. I have no control over how my stories unfold and what my characters do. They are created from my mind, but the minute my fingers hit the keyboard, they completely take over and do and say what they want to. I feel compelled to write what I do. That might sound like I'm possessed. Maybe I am.:)
 
4. How does my writing process work?
 
First and foremost, I'm a mom so my kids will always come first. But, once they're off to school, I boot up my computer, brew my coffee and jump to it. I'm a professional writer/editor and have my own business: Perfect Pen Communications--if you're in need of an editor, please visit my website. So, I usually split my day between my clients (I always do their work first), about an hour of social media play and writing. Some days, I may write for hours and produce thousands of words; others, not so much.
 
I'm an organic writer, and though I start with an idea and basic outline of my characters, as I said in the previous question, my stories unfold as they want to. I write the first draft until the characters need a break, and I then go back and revise. Then, I continue from there.

I have a tortuous love affair with writing. I am obsessed with it, and I love it, but it can also be painful and difficult. I cannot imagine my life without it. And I am incredibly grateful to my readers who want more.

To continue the writing process blog tour, I hand these questions off to an exceptional author, amazing friend and a wonderful editing partner, Francine LaSala, who will post her own answers next Monday.

 
 

FRANCINE LASALA has written nonfiction on every topic imaginable, from circus freaks to sex, and edited bestselling authors of all genres through her company, Francine LaSala Productions. She is now actively taking on indie clients for manuscript evaluations, editing services, copywriting (covers, blurbs, taglines, queries, and more), website and blog creation, and developing kickass social media campaigns.

The author of novels Rita Hayworth’s Shoes and The Girl, The Gold Tooth & Everything, and the creator of The “Joy Jar” Project, she lives with her husband and two daughters in New York.

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Meredith Schorr's Box Set





I love Meredith Schorr. I met her first as an author and got completely hooked on her very real characters, hilarious dialogue and fantastic storylines. When we became friends, I realized that she is as incredible a person as she is a writer, and I'm proud to know someone so talented.

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Real Chick Lit for Real Chicks: The Meredith Schorr Collection

This boxed set brings together three favorites from bestselling chick lit author Meredith Schorr. Blogger Girl follows Kimberly Long, a book blogger asked to review the debut novel of her high school nemesis. In A State of Jane, “good girl” Jane Frank is looking for love, but when all of her dates flake out on her, she decides to turn the tables. In Just Friends With Benefits, Stephanie Cohen is determined to turn the one who got away into “the one” despite advice from a friend not to put all her eggs in one bastard. Meredith Schorr’s characters are believable, relatable, and authentic—women who are easy to root for, despite their flaws. The stories are humorous, heartfelt, and definitely real.

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A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to, and was famous among her friends for writing witty birthday cards. After trying her hand writing children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing “real” chick lit for real women.  When she is not hard at work on her next novel, Meredith spends her days as a trademark paralegal.  She is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. Meredith is the author of three published novels, Just Friends with Benefits, A State of Jane and Blogger Girl and the full boxed set, Real Chick Lit for Real Chicks: The Meredith Schorr Collection.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine's eBook Super Sale!



I'm participating in a huge Valentine's eBook Super-sale with incredible authors. We’re spreading the love this Valentine’s Day. Ten fabulous (and mostly chick-lit) authors have teamed up to offer you an amazing ebook promo. See below to download FREE or hugely discounted bestselling books. Valentine’s Day only.

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