Blog Hop Q&A

Thanks to Lorraine Paton for highlighting me on her posting for the Writing Process Blog Hop. As promised, here are the answers to the hop questions.

1. What am I working on?

I’m working on my “Girl Tries” series. I’m editing the first novel, Girl Tries Life, a story about learning to stand up for yourself both in life and in love. I’m currently halfway through writing my second novel, Girl Tries Love, about a woman who has to learn to trust herself in a relationship. The series centres around a hotel on a Scottish island and the mayhem that happens in the hospitality industry. Having worked in a similar situation, the stories I gathered were sometimes unbelievable, sometimes horrific and sometimes thigh-slapping funny.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
When pitching to an editor once, she asked me the exact same question. I can’t remember what I said at the time – I was so thrown off – but she told me later that my answer should have been “my voice”. Can I say that? Honestly, I’m not sure what is different between myself and others. I’d like to say that I tackle real life situations and make them funny, but so do people like Jennifer Weiner or Sophie Kinsella. My novels are definitely relatable and I think most of them will centre around travel or foreign locations.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I started writing when I was going through a very stressful period at work. At the time, my role was super administrative, so I just wasn’t getting the creative outlet that I needed. So, why do I write the stories that I do? The first one was cathartic. It wasn’t my life by any stretch of the imagination, but I’d experienced many of the situations in the hotel. The second novel, I’m finding that I’m more comfortable with being creative and making stuff up – go figure. I find that writing just gives me that buzz, a little bit of time to share the craziness in my head, and as a result I take myself a whole lot less seriously. Much needed.
4. How does your writing process work?
Uh… is there a process? I’m really learning as I go. My first novel was a bit all over the place. I had certain scenes that I wanted to write, so wrote those first. Then I quilted them together to others. In the editing process I made sure that everything flowed… at least I hope it flows. For my second novel, I added some much needed rigour around my process. I’ve plotted out the bulk of the scenes and am working my way start to finish.
I need to be outside my house to write really well. At least that’s what I tell myself. The coffee doesn’t hurt either. If I’m at home I get easily distracted by the untidy living room (not that I’ll then clean it), or the bills to pay (not that I pay them right away), or the lunches to pack for the week (yeah, you know I don’t do those either). The internet is my time suck. I’m less likely to surf Facebook in a public place, so it really focuses me.
I unfortunately wasn’t in a position this week to find other participants for the hop, but was honoured to participate.

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