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Thursday, 5 June 2014

A Writing Process Blog Post. Because I volunteered...

I appear to have volunteered for something.  Yes, I know, it came as a surprise to me too - but there was this Bloggy Writing Processy thing going on and everyone seemed to be doing it, so... I put my hand up and said I'd have a go.

Now, I'm supposed to tag three people with this, but unfortunately I am so late to the party that not only has everyone else gone home, but the people holding the party have actually moved, so I'm letting it die with me.  Sad, but that's the way we roll up here in darkest Yorkshire; the Place Memes Go To Die.

So, without further ado because I don't know what ado is... here it is.

My Writing Process Blog Tour Meme Post List thingie.

I was tagged to do this by Berni Stevens, the very nice person who designs the Choc Lit covers and incidentally writes vampire books.  Dance Until Dawn is published by Choc Lit, I'll wait while you go and look.

Back now?  Good.  Right.  Here is where Berni can be found:  
and her blog
I have no idea why, but that won't hyperlink. So I did it the other way.  Now, where were we?  Ah.

Questions, questions.  First up is 'What am I Working on?'

To which the answer is, inevitably, 'my bed'. Oh, you want details of content?  Gosh. Well, I've just finished I Don't Want to Talk About It, which I'm sure you've heard quite enough about already, being peopled with hobby horses and eight year old girls, men who stammer and the tattooed Editor-From-Hell.  I'm about to start another contemp, called Crush, set in a tea shop attached to an Historic House,

Which looks a bit like this. Nunnington Hall, near where I live.
  but in the meantime I'm resting my brain by working on a novella called 'Corinthia and the Bear', which revolves around a woman's discovery of a graphic novel...


Next question.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Oh dear.  First define the genre I am working in... Some call it chick lit, purely, I suspect, based on the fact that a lot of it is first person from the heroine's point of view - in which case my entire life is chick lit and I want my money back because of the lack of shoes and growly men.  I call what I write 'dark psychological romance - with jokes' and it differs from others of its genre by...I dunno.  I haven't really read many others in that genre.  But I'd probably say, if forced at gunpoint, that my books are about real people.  Some books within the romance genre seem to be written about plastic people, who pose as required by the author.  If you ask my characters to pose for you, you'll get punched.
Good luck forgetting this image. Three o clock in the morning, I guarantee...

Gosh, this is easy.  What's next?  Why do I write what I do?

Because these are the stories that the people who live in my head are telling me.  Next...

How does my writing process work?

The people who live in my head tell me stories and I write them down. Fuelled by tea and biscuits.  I learned to touch-type a long time ago, which was one of the best things I ever did, and now I sit and wait for the stories to be enacted on the screen inside my head.  Sometimes there are delays, when it seems as though the people themselves don't know what they are meant to be doing, but if I give them a while they normally sort themselves out.  I'm very glad about this, because I'd hate to come up with actual, you know, ideas.  

The people in my head seem to have very complicated lives, that's all I'll say.  Sometimes I frown at them quite hard.
Exactly what I look like as I write my books.


Carol Hedges said...

hahaha... yup, I got tagged for this too and have just posted. Mind, at least the questions are reasonably writer-orientated..and not all to do with ''if you were a vegetable, which vegetable would you be''.

Chris Stovell said...

How did I miss this? Anyway, I've found it now and enjoyed it very much (as usual). I do know what you mean about plastic people - although mine inevitably go through what I call the Playmobil person stage where I'm hopelessly moving them around their little set trying to coax them to life. Good luck with all your endeavours - I look forwards to reading the fruit of your labours.