Jun 2, 2014

What I Do and Why I Do It


I’ve been set a challenge by Rumer Haven to answer four questions about writing. Rumer is about to dive in to first round of edits on her upcoming release, Seven for a Secret. You must visit her website! It’s wonderful! Immediately feel submerged into the former hotel from the 20’s and learn more about this romantic ghost story. 

You can read Rumer’s answers to these questions over on her blog. So, let’s move along, shall we?

What am I working on?

As usual I’ve got more than one project on the go. The main piece of work is revisions on an upcoming stand alone called Something Wicked. This is not an YA book. It’s quite a dark story set between Ireland and England in the 19th, 20th, and 21st century. Think Jack the Ripper was a vampire and he might be the key to saving humanity.

It’s under contract but before we jump into editing, I’ve been asked to expand some parts. This involves more research, since I’ve tried to keep it as historically accurate as I can while weaving in the supernatural elements.

The thing about researching Jack is that he scares me. That entire period of history scares me. It involves reading crime scene reports and personal accounts, looking at pictures of the victims and immersing myself into their last moments. These were real people who died horribly. But I also feel to do the story I’m telling justice, I need to. It’s like the writer’s line about rules – You need to know the rules to know how to break them. I need to know the Ripper story to know how to rewrite it.

As usual I’ve managed to tie some celtic mythology. Sure don’t I sneak some into every story? Smile Which brings me onto my other project. Atlantis Rising, the third and final book set in the world of The Guardians. Atlantis Rising is Emma’s book and I’m adding bits and pieces as they come to me while I finish up with Something Wicked.

How does my writing differ from others of its genre?

I’m not sure there is any huge difference. I feel if it was too different it wouldn’t be suitable for the selected genre. In my case that would be Paranormal Romance. Obviously, all my work has my own flavour to it. I like to add at least a little celtic touch to everything. I vary the romantic element. I’ve written love at first sight, dislike developing to love, past life love, and love that matures through friendship. Whatever way it comes, it’s never easy.

Why do I write what I do?

I don’t like to limit myself, which is why a fixed platform for me has always been difficult to pin down. I write what I feel like writing, which is why the age range varies. I’m not a YA writer, I’m just a writer. I write paranormal stories because I get enough of real life in the real world. When I step through the doorway to another world, I don’t want to step into another world identical to the one I live in. I want it filled with good defeating evil, people getting their deserved ending, magic, adventure, and curious creatures. Writing is my escape.

How does my writing process work?

I write every story in full with a pen and paper. I start with scribbling notes and lines. Then scenes, but not necessarily in the right order. I go back and forth through the storyline until I have a complete story. That is my first draft. I rewrite the entire thing as I’m typing it up and from there it’s the usual. Write, revise, write, revise, edit, revise. Over and over until it’s done.

Time for Tag, You’re It! 

Joshua David Bellin

Survival Colony Nine

Katie O'Sullivan

Blood of a Mermaid

Son of a Mermaid

Wendy S. Russo

January Black

Dorothy Dreyer

My Sister’s Reaper

My Tethered Soul


  1. I'm reading Shades of Avalon now, so I'm thrilled to know you're working on the third book. Vampire meets Jack sounds intriguing. And pen and paper, I didn't know people still did that. ;) Thanks for sharing a little about yourself.

  2. Well said, Carol! I didn't know about Wicked Blood--congratulations. And good to hear about Rising Atlantis. :-)