Monday, December 23, 2013

Author Tag!

I was tagged by the author Angie Lofthouse for this post, so here we go...

What am I working on?
I am working on completing the first draft of Soul Forge, the third novel in my First Civilization's Legacy Series. I've written 114,000 words, so I'm over 90% finished with the first draft. Actually, I just finished revising/editing those 114,000 words to refresh the story in my mind as I'd been away from it for a while with getting Relic Tech ready for publication. So, technically Soul Forge is at the second draft stage...mostly.

In addition, am proofing audiobook chapters of Relic Tech as they're recorded, and hopefully the audiobook version of Blood Sword will be finished and ready for proofing in the next month or so.

Lastly, I am working on an editing project for my publisher (Gryphonwood Press).

How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Often my works have a mixture of technology. In the First Civilization's Legacy Series (a post apocalyptic fantasy series) there areinstances of modern and near modern devices and equipment in a world that is largely a medieval setting where magic and creatures of legend exist.

In Relic Tech, the main character is an R-Tech security specialist, which means he uses and relies upon late 20th century technology and equipment in a more advanced, space-faring society.

Why do I write what I do?
I write novels that I'd like to find on the bookshelf if I hadn't written them myself. I write mainly to entertain readers, giving them a good, action-packed story.

How does your writing process work?
For something new (something not in a current series) I take an idea, usually an event or situation, think about it for a while and try to decide if it's really all that interesting and something that can support a short story or a novel, or potentially part of a series. Then, if the idea merits further consideration, I devise the world where the event can take place, and the storyline where it would occur. Then come the characters to bring the story to life. This process can take some time.

For a current series? When I'm outlining that first novel, I will have formulated ideas/plotlines for the series so that there can be smooth transitions from one novel to the next, keeping in mind that each novel has to be a complete, satisfying story--a complete story arc with no 'cliffhangers.'

Thanks for tagging me, Angie!

I am passing this tag onto:

R.S. McCoy and Misha Gericke

And to all the readers and followers of Up Around the Corner, I hope you enjoy a memorable  _Christmas_  with family and friends.