First I have to thank my awesome writing parabatai (excuse the use of TMI here but am reading COHF!) Stacey Nash. Please go visit her blog and be ready because soon Forget Me Not will be released and you don’t want to miss it.
1) What am I working on?
Right now I’m working on the revisions of my YA contemporary novel named Dutiful Revenge. It’s a great mix of Diaries of a Princess and a political thriller. Of course it has a sweet romance in it. My next project will be the second book of Glowing Shadows my NA Urban Fantasy. I’m very excited to continue that story.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think my work differs because I grew up in between two countries Mexico and Spain. Countries with lots of tradition and culture. I grew reading all the magical realism in Mexican literature. I think all this show in my work, my NA novel is set in Madrid, which is a place I love that I think that haven’t been used so much in novels of my genre.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I write what calls to me at the moment. Sometimes my writing starts from an emotion and from that emotion the story grows. So the emotion, the character are the ones that tell me what kind of story they need, it could be fantasy, contemporary or anything in between but I have to admit I can’t write horror. Also every single one of my books no matter the genre has romance in it. For me it is always needed.
4) How does my writing process work?
It depends on the story and on my family. Usually I make an outline for several days detailing more in my mind than in paper who my characters are, what they need and how to get them there. After that I try to write all I can while the characters are having this crazy conversations in my head, they usually love to talk while I wash the dishes so I have to run to take notes afterward. Once the first draft is done I close it and don’t open it for several weeks. The more the better to see where I can improve it. In that meantime I usually read lots on the genre so I can have a better idea before tackling the revisions.
Now I'm going to tag my awesome friend and CP Ashley Maker. She'll post on Monday so be sure to go take a look at her blog.
Armed with a keyboard, microphone, and an energetic imagination, Ashley Maker is a combination author/songwriter from Oklahoma with a passion for all things creative. UNDER THE TREES, a Young Adult blended historical romance, is her debut novel, releasing from Cliffhanger Press, LLC in the fall of 2014. Songs inspired by the book can be heard from Seeking Never, the recording band she sings in with her guitar-playing husband Corey. A newbie vlogger and former editor, Ashley spends much of her time writing, procrastinating on social media, and waging a revision war against pronouns. The rest of her time is spent doting on her daughter and cuddling with a myriad of family pets, most notably Johnny Cash, cat writing buddy extraordinaire.