I was recently tapped by the fantabulous Therese Gilardi to take part in a blog hop about writing process. She’s one of the ladies in my local RWA chapter.
Now.. for the goods:
Therese Gilardi is a novelist (“Matching Wits With Venus”), poet and essayist whose work has appeared in numerous publications.
1) What am I working on right now?
I’m currently working on a stand-alone novel, In Full Bloom. It’s the story of a large animal vet and a florist shop owner. The attraction is instant but they both have some things to accomplish and demons to battle. Only time will tell if love prevails.. (.. and the fact that I write romance is kind of a giveaway, but still)
2) How does your work differ from others in your genre?
Romance novels tend to be an author’s unique take on a tale as old as time. Boy meets Girl (or some version of this) and they face hardship together, then ultimately live happily ever after. I mean, face it. The genre has a pretty foolproof recipe. The thing that separates one story from another is to be able to tweak the ingredients until it becomes something beautiful and unique. I’d like to think my life experiences and the people I know help my writing find that beautiful uniqueness.
3) Why do you write what you write?
I write what I do because.. I’ve never really liked any other types of books. I’ve read them. I’ve understood them. I’ve even enjoyed some.. but on a whole, romance is the only genre that I’ve consistently read. It all started when my Grandma moved and gave me two trashbags full of old Harlequins when I was about 14. Once I read the first one, there was no looking back!
4) How does your writing process work?
I tend to cloister myself. I have horrible ADD, so the minute the tv comes on or someone talks to me, then I am instantly distracted. I go into my office and close the door. 🙂 Once I’m in there, I try to develop my characters first. Thoughts, appearance, back story. The things that make them real people. Once I’ve got the characters, then the story usually falls into place.
I’ve tapped the following individuals: