Here’s me, on tour again, and as my lovely friend, Claire Boston tells us: “What Goes on Tour…”
Mmm…well on this tour, I’m happy for you all to tag along with me and bring a few friends too. This blog is played like a game of tag, so stay tuned because at the end, I’m going to introduce you to some of my writerly friends who also happen to be brilliant authors 🙂 Consider yourselves tagged!
We authors love sharing the love and you get to discover authors you may not know about. So don’t be shy, come along and chat to me in the comments. I’m going to tell you a little about what I’m working on right now. Here goes:
A romance filled with magic, set on a beach in Mykonos, a Greek god or two and finding the ‘perfect’ man.
2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
Normally, I write romantic suspense, but now I’m taking some time out from the Tag Raiders series to lighten the mood a little. Finding Paradise is a mix of romance, magic, fantasy and comedy with a little suspense thrown in – that’s if you count the element of surprise as suspense!
3. Why do I write what I do?
There’s more to love than romance, roses and white picket fences. These are simply the sweeteners that make it all worthwhile. The real test of love is how far you will go together to achieve your goals. It’s about team effort, loyalty and dedication in fighting for what you believe in, and overcoming the obstacles you stumble across as partners. So I write feisty heroines who don’t make it easy for the hero, and heroes who aren’t afraid to meet the challenge.
4. How does my writing process work?
1 part wine, 3 parts chocolate and an active imagination 🙂 Seriously, I’m a pantster. I might have a basic plan and plot out scenes to keep me on track but mostly, I let the characters speak for themselves and edit them later. My stories are sparked by places, dreams or thoughts and usually it’s the title that comes to me first.
Enough about me! It’s time to meet those authors I told you about earlier. First up is the lovely lady who invited me along on this tour:
Belinda is a marketing communications specialist and copywriter who, after spending more than a decade writing about financial services, IT and hospitality, allowed an addiction to romantic suspense and chick-lit to get the better of her.
Belinda was named a finalist in The Romance Writers of Australia Emerald award in 2013 for her novel debut, Radiant, and again in 2014 for her upcoming contemporary romance, chick-lit novel.
When she’s not obsessing about writing, reading or social media, Belinda works as a freelance marketing consultant.
Her other obsessions include music and cars. Belinda is a music lover and her eclectic taste forms the foundation for many of her writing ideas. Her healthy appreciation for fast cars means she would not so secretly love a Lamborghini. For now she’ll have to settle with her son’s supercar Hot Wheels collection and the occasional drive in her much loved MX-5.
Belinda lives in Sydney, Australia.
Teena is an Australian children’s author who has figured out some unusual ways to get rid of wrinkles, the fuel to launch a grandpa into space and a trick to help an elephant lad remember not to go with strangers who pretend to be friends. (She also sells Mad Dad’s and Dresses God!) Teena is also an accomplished speaker and talks to children of all ages in the school environment about writers and writing. Sessions are tailored to individual requirements and Teena’s approach is relaxed and informal, with a focus on inspiration and encouragement.
Born and raised in Wales, Jennie loved anything with a romantic element from the age of five. At eighteen, she went to drama school in London then spent a number of years performing in British theatres, becoming someone else for two hours, eight shows a week. Jennie wrote her first romance story at the age of twenty five whilst ‘resting’ (a theatrical term for out of work). She wrote a western and sent it off to Mills & Boon in the UK who politely and correctly declined. She put writing to one side after that and took a musical theatre job. Which brings Jennie to her favourite quotation: “Fate keeps on happening.” —Anita Loos. When Jennie’s life changed and a new country, marriage and motherhood beckoned, she left acting and the UK. She now lives in a log house in Western Australia, a five minute walk to the beach that she loves to look at but hardly ever visits due to there being too much sand. (Sand is like glitter; once it gets between your toes, you keep finding it in the house for months.) Jennie returned to writing three years ago. She says it keeps her artistic nature dancing and her imagination bubbling. Like acting, she can’t envisage a day when writing will ever get boring.
Lily Malone is a journalist and freelance writer who discovered, after years of writing facts for a living, that writing romance is much more fun. She wrote His Brand of Beautiful after the birth of her second son, taking inspiration from the once-in-a-century-floods that filled Lake Eyre in outback South Australia in the summer of 2010-11. Lily juggles writing with the needs of a young family, and when she isn’t writing, she likes gardening, walking, wine, and walking in gardens (sometimes with wine).
Nora James started her working life at age 14 in a bakery in Paris. She held a number of other jobs before studying law at the University of Western Australia and becoming an international resources lawyer and translator. She has travelled extensively, both as a child and adult, for family reasons, work and pleasure. She now writes novels and screenplays from her home in coastal Western Australia, where she lives with her husband and daughter and a menagerie of furry friends.
Nina Blake didn’t learn English until she went to school but that didn’t stand in the way of her love of reading. Unlike other authors, when Nina was growing up her house was never full of books, and as a teenager her mother told her she read too much. As if such a thing were possible. After university, Nina worked in public relations managing publications. She still loves publications—both hard and soft copy—and was delighted to have her first novel published through Escape. She lives in Perth, Australia, with her husband and son.
9 thoughts on “The Writing Process Blog”
I hope you pantser you way to finishing Finding Paradise soon Juanita. I do like the element of surprise in stories – so don’t keep us waiting! 🙂
And there’ll be a few, Jennie! 😉
Do you know – all that I know about you and writing Juanita, but I never knew you were a panster. For some reason (maybe that editor in you) I pictured you with post-it notes, flow-charts, whiteboards and a school-teacher expression as you moved those all about. I’m with Jennie, I want to see Paradise again.
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And being a Virgo too!! I do own a whiteboard but it seems my ‘gods’ had their own ideas 😉
You know, I didn’t realise Juanita was a pantser either!
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I’m glad there’s more to love than romance, roses and white picket fences because the last time my husband gave me roses was decades ago! That’s okay by me because he buys me chocolate and cake instead. What a lovely post, Juanita.
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Thanks, Nina! I think I prefer chocolate and cake over flowers too. 🙂
Flowers always give me a thrill and when they’re teamed with chocolates, my heart is won! The romantic man in my life sends me text messages saying how much he loves me and adds notes to my shopping list to keep loving him. There’s no question of that! Maybe one day I’ll be able to turn my writing hand to creating feel-good romances instead of – or as well as – quirky tales for kids. In the meantime I get a kick out of the wonderful stories being written by all of you who have already mastered that skill. I loved your feisty heroine in Under the Hood, Juanita, and your new book is full of surprises so I hope I don’t have to wait to long to see if your Greek god and his lady find their Paradise.
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Oh Teena! That’s lovely 🙂 Those little things they do mean so much. I’m glad you loved TJ and thrilled you love my Greek god. I’m blessed to have you as one of my wonderful critique partners because your feedback is gold. Thank you xxx