My Writing Process Blog Hop

The lovely, lovely Faith McKay tagged me in this blog hop! Here my answers:

1) What am I working on? At the moment–nothing. I finished Book 1 of AMD&B on Thursday (hooray!) and that’s out with my CPs/Betas at the moment. Once I get their feedback, I’ll make any necessary adjustments and then query! I also have a few thousand words written of the circus book, and a vague sketch of a NA romance floating around in my head. But at EXACTLY THIS MOMENT, I’m taking a little breather.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? Ooof. That’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? Well, I like to think that I do a pretty good job of blending fantasy with historical fact–and I especially love crafting entire stories around little known historical places, events, or figures. I also love playing on readers’ expectations. For example, AMD&B has the seeds of a good, old-fashioned Southern Gothic ghost story–but it’s set in the mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and I added some witches for good measure. (Book 2 is going to have zombie/thrall-ish characters involved, so you know it’ll be a good time!)

3) Why do I write what I do? I write stories that won’t leave me alone, that keep me up at night asking what if until I can’t help but sit down and start writing. I write the type of books I want as a reader. I write because I believe these stories can have a home one day. 

4) How does my writing process work? I always, always, always start with a question. With daydreaming and doodling and scribbling down lines until the main character’s voice becomes clear to me, until it’s almost like he or she is peering over my shoulder and prodding me to write.

And then I start drafting. I tend to outline as I go–normally I like to have a chapter or two written to get a feel for the voice before I even attempt an outline.  The outline changes anywhere from 5-500 times over the course of the first draft, and once I’m finished writing the first draft I usually end up tossing the outline completely and starting from scratch and seeing what bits of the first draft I can use in the second.

The second draft–especially in the case of A Magic Dark and Bright–is when the really hard work starts. It’s the thankless draft–the draft where things were almost-but-not-quite-right. I usually get so frustrated with this draft that I have to bribe myself to finish and figure out what still isn’t working.

And then eventually there’s this giant lightbulb moment that causes everything to come together. And then from there it’s making sure all of the pieces are in the right place and making them tidy and as perfect as I can before I start feeling satisfied with what I’ve written. But it does happen, eventually. And that’s my favorite part of the entire process. :)


And I’m tagging :

Valerie Lawson

Alyssa Hatmaker

Sarah Kettles

FRAGILE LINE Cover Reveal!

This has been an awesome week for cover reveals! Here’s the cover that I designed for FRAGILE LINE by Brooklyn Skye, which was revealed earlier today:

Book Cover for FRAGILE LINE by Brooklyn Skye

Book Cover for FRAGILE LINE by Brooklyn Skye

It can happen in a flash. One minute she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small…forgetting a drive home or a conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness. When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend, her life starts to spiral out of control.

Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the pieces of what she’s lost—starting with the name haunting her, Gwen. Heartbreakingly beautiful, this poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she really is.

Add it to Goodreads today.

THE HIT LIST Cover Reveal

I’m so excited that the first cover I ever designed has been revealed today! I’ve been wanting to share this with you guys for FOREVER because I seriously love this book:

Book Cover for Nikki Urang's THE HIT LIST

Book Cover for Nikki Urang’s THE HIT LIST

The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer.

When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dance to have a partner, Sadie’s fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance with Luke Morrison, the school womanizer with a big ego. Sadie doesn’t know how to trust Luke enough to dance with him after her last partner left her broken, but Luke is determined to change that.

Then, The Hit List comes out. A game of sexual contest where guys get points for all the girls they hook up with—and it seems like every guy at the school is playing.

The girl worth the most points? Sadie.

Seriously guys, you want to read this book. :)