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My Writing Process – Blog Tour

Thanks so much to Jennifer Brassel for inviting me to join the blog tour. 🙂 Jennifer’s blog can be seen here. Jen and I both have stories in the romance anthology, Moonlit Encounters, and her book Secret Reflection is a modern Gothic tale complete with ghosts, romance, and an unsolved crime.

My Writing Process

j0178677What am I working on? Right now, I am finishing up the second book in the Adventures of Lewis and Clarke series, Superhero in the Making. At the end of book one, Unexpected Superhero, Tori has decided she definitely wants to pursue life as a superhero. But it’s harder than it looks. On top of everything else – family issues, secrets uncovered, and secrets to keep hidden – there’s another woman trying to catch Joe’s attention. Tori is trying to keep in mind that undercover superhero work is a job like any other, and Joe is a professional. But can she trust him?

How does my work differ from others of its genre? The Adventures of Lewis and Clarke is about superheroes living their daily lives as our next door neighbors. It’s about love and marriage, friendships, family, and trying to save the world one person at a time. It’s also about the battle between good and evil, and constantly begs the question – am I up for the task? It’s romantic comedy meets urban fantasy. I really enjoy writing this series and I hope to continue for several books to come.

j0309372Why do I write what I do? I love writing about people in love because I’m in love! 😀 But I think it’s more interesting to see the ups and downs and sideways parts of love, not just the happy moments. Falling in love and getting married is awesome, but nothing prepares you for what comes next. It’s hard! But it’s so worth it. Add that to the fact that I am amazed at how God created us to be strong, good, loving people and yet the world and the dark forces around us keep knocking us down so that we’re weak, selfish, and greedy, and there is a lot of room for stories in there! I’m trying to write about both of these elements in my superhero series.

How does my writing process work? Well, that depends entirely on my deadline! LOL! Right now, I am writing six days a week, 8-12 hours a day to finish this book in time for WonderCon. I’ve taken time away to write at a timeshare several times recently, and over the years, because I can focus on just writing. I usually start with the big idea and boil it down to six or eight main points, then whittle those down to a dozen or so scenes each, then create 3×5 scene cards that I spread out on the floor looking for holes in the story. Once I’ve got the first quarter of the story worked out, I start writing based on the scene cards. Then I look at the second quarter, see if anything needs to be changed because of what I wrote in the first part, tweak the scene cards and write the second quarter. Repeat for the last two quarters of the book. Then I talk to my editors (I have two, Marcy and Sarah) about plot problems, etc. It’s intense and exhausting, but I wouldn’t trade it to do anything else. (Though I’m really looking forward to a vacation soon!)

I hope you found this fun and interesting. Maybe you learned a little something about me that you didn’t know. It was fun giving you a glimpse into my world. 🙂

Moonlit EncountersIf you’d like to read about another of my Aussie friends with a story in Moonlit Encounters, check out Coleen Kwan‘s My Writing Process blog hereColeen Kwan writes both contemporary and steampunk romance. She lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching Criminal Minds.

And now – back to writing!

Three Books? How’d That Happen?

There were a lot of things about 2012 that made it one of the worst years of my life, but there were a few simply amazing things that happened, too.

Kitty and LML proof1. After more than a year, things worked out so that I could finally work on getting Little Miss Lovesick into print. (I published it as an ebook in September 2011, just before we moved away from Sydney.) On the day after Thanksgiving, I was the happiest I’d been all year – I held a paperback copy of my first book in my hands for the first time!

Romancing the Pages 22. Early in the year, my Romance Writers of America chapter decided to publish an anthology of short stories as a fundraiser. I’d already been thinking about using the original-now-cut first chapters of my superhero book as a short story, so I thought I’d help with the fundraiser. In August, Romancing the Pages came out in ebook format. “Hero In Disguise” is my first published short story – yay! And this month, the print version is out, too.

Moonlit Encounters3. When John and I lived in Sydney, my RWA group there also talked about putting together an anthology. After a bazillion hours of hard work, we did it! Just before Christmas, Moonlit Encounters, a collection of eight romantic novellas, went up for sale. My story, “Rescue at Loon Lake,” is set in the same little Michigan town where my new series is set, The Strays of Loon Lake. Our ebook version has been on sale for 99 cents through yesterday, but you might still find it at that price today. And our paperback is now available for purchase, too.

I can hardly believe I can hold three different books in my hand that all have my stories in them! As soon as I get a print copy of Romancing the Pages, I’ll put up a picture of me holding all three books. 🙂

Another first for me is coming up this Saturday – my first book signing! Yay! I’m going to try to get John to come with me to the RWA meeting and take pictures. I’ll post those as soon as I can.

My book page here on the web site is broken as of today (has been for about a week) and I’m still working on fixing it. When it’s fixed, you’ll be able to order autographed copies of all three books from me.

Wow, I feel like a real live writer today! 😀

P.S. If you’re interested in a class on goal setting and time management, check out my class that starts a week from today.

More Books Coming Soon!

I’m excited to tell you that more books by Kitty will be coming your way soon! Yay!

I just finished the first chapter and synopsis of BELLA AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER and sent it off to Love Inspired Suspense last Thursday. In a month or so, I’ll know whether or not they liked it and want to see the rest of the book. When Isabelle’s sister is kidnapped by Chinese corporate spies, she has to work with the bounty hunter who is hunting Lucy to have any chance of saving her.

UNEXPECTED HERO will be coming out in February if Harper Voyager doesn’t buy it. That’s my fun superhero romantic comedy. What will happen when a young newlywed discovers she has a superpower?

Starting this week, I’m back to working on the print version of LITTLE MISS LOVESICK. Hard work, and a lot of it, but I think the next book I bring out in paperback will happen quicker and easier. I’m so excited to hold my first book in my hand, and not just on my Kindle!

And in December I expect to be working on the second draft of LOVE AT THE FLUFF AND FOLD, the first book in my Strays of Loon Lake series. I hope to have that to you in the spring.

Oh, and look for “Rescue at Loon Lake,” a short story in that series, to be appearing in the anthology MOONLIT ENCOUNTERS in December!

If any of you have bought the anthology ROMANCING THE PAGES, where my superhero short story “Hero in Disguise” appears, I’d love to know what you think of it. I know a couple of people have read the story now. Yay!

So if you like the fun way I write stories about women who find themselves in crazy situations and realize that they have more power than they realize, stay tuned! I’m going to give you a lot more reading material in the next few months!

Meanwhile, find a good book to read by somebody else and tell me about it! 🙂