A few weeks ago I received a message from the lovely Penny Gotch, who invited me to get involved with the Writing Process Blog Tour.
To read Penny’s entry, click here.
So, having been passed the metaphorical flag – here is my entry!
Thank you to Penny Gotch for inviting me to do this!
What am I currently working on?
I have just published a book, 52 Writing Prompts, and am currently promoting my new novel, Searching for Katherine (Release Date: July 1st 2014). I’m also working on an apocalyptic collection with Lorna Holland, Edd Hodsdon and Mark Looker.
My new(er) novel, Under the Lilies with You, is currently in progress and should be out at some point later in the year.
I have also just launched a new pen name: Melody Carter, and am therefore trying to balance both author names as well as have a life.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I write so many different genres, and I am happy to mix them. I’m working on a collection of poetry that tells the story of a relationship: so it is poetry, or a story? It’s both, I think.
Poetry has a stigma around it that I think many modern poets are trying to avoid: that it’s boring. I (try) not to write boring poetry, which usually means avoiding emotional topics, or putting a spin on them.
I think of myself as a writer who has had a real, every-day-worker-Joe life. I’m not moneyed (nor will I ever be), I didn’t go to fancy school, and I certainly haven’t had it easy. But, I think that works for my writing, because if I’m writing about everyday people: I know what I am talking about.
Why do I write what I do?
I write about real issues, real life stories: none of this fantasy/run-away-with-a-billionaire stuff (although some of that is actually quite good…).
How does my writing process work?
I asked my interviewees this question all the time – but now I realise how cruel it is! As far as my writer routine goes, I just make sure I write every day and check all of my social media. But in terms of novels, I think about the book for a few weeks – to make sure I like the idea – and then start planning. The planning process takes a few weeks, and then it’s time to start writing. I try to give myself word count targets, but I usually just ignore them.