How I Write

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If you were an author (and I know some of my readers are) how would you write your books?


My friend, Lisa T. Bergen ask me to take part in a Writing Process Blog Hop (you can see how Lisa writes, here) where each author on the hop answers four quick questions about how they put together their stories.

Here are my answers:

What are you writing right now?

I’m working on my seventh novel, which I’m pretty pumped about. The basic premise is, what if you could go back and talk to your younger self, and change things? It’s due to my publisher at the end of the year and will release fall of ’15.

How does your writing differ from others in your genre? 

A question I’m not sure how to answer since my novels don’t fit neatly into the genres that are already out there. “Contemporary novels with a strong flavoring of the supernatural, along with a splash of romance, adventure, suspense, and exploring the deeper things of God” really isn’t a genre!

Why do you write what you do?

For the most part I write the kind of novels I would want to read. I just couldn’t find any stories out there like the ones pinging around inside my head, so I tried to write them myself.

How does my writing process work? 

I’m a classic seat-of-the-pants writer. I start with an idea, then start writing. Scenes, bits of dialogue, descriptions … then after I get to around 60,000 words I write a headline for each scene on a 3 x 5 card and tape it to the wall of my writing room.

Then it’s like a puzzle where I move the cards around till they’re in the right order. Also, I can see what puzzle pieces are missing, and I go back at that point and write the needed pieces.

Who is next on the hop?

Two great friends of mine, Tosca Lee and Dan Walsh. You’ll be able to see their posts (and writing processes) next Monday.

Tosca Lee


Dan Walsh


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