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The Writing Process: What Is The Secret?

My Writing Process

This particular blog hop is all about authors offering others a glimpse into their work, their work schedules, and perhaps their innermost thoughts. Some of us are quite opposite our real life personas.

So who subjected you to this arduous journey through the innermost working of my mind?  The very talented paranormal author, Renea Mason, who single-handedly lured me into reading this genre. You don’t have to love paranormal, erotica or mystery to read her Symphony Series, you just need to love a damn good story.

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Click here to find out how she does it!

http://reneamason.com/2014/02/17/my-writing-process-blog-hop/

Q. What am I working on?

I am currently finishing up the first in my historical romance series on the four musketeers. Yes, the FOUR musketeers. Each book concentrates on the love life of one musketeer. I have tried to maintain the flavor of Dumas and the Hollywood movies but follow the historical events of their real lives. The series begins with Athos and his love interest, Rosalind. I will be pitching the series to an agent and publisher at the Chicago Spring Fling Romance Conference in April.

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

Character development is my specialty so I concentrate on that more than other writing aspect. I like to throw a twist into every story. While my main characters stay true to themselves, the plot often gets in their way. So with each storyline, the hero or heroine must overcome some wrench I’ve thrown into their plans.

In Merry Christmas, Henry the MC is a museum guard by night and artist by day. An introvert, relationships do not come easy to him. He becomes infatuated with a woman in a painting and seems content with this one-sided affair. Until an element of magic changes his life. How does he deal with it? You’d have to read the book.

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Q. Why do I write what I do?

Writing is a way to express creativity and give release to your imagination. I have always been known for my imaginative stories. When I come across an item or old tale, turning it into a story is like putting together a puzzle. I take the original idea or object and combine the right touch of fantasy to create a piece of entertaining fiction. I have always been a history geek and my goal in historical romance is to make the past fun and exciting.

Ideas come from anywhere and I often stumble onto stories during my travels. Henry derived from a photo of a man staring at a painting, a bottle of wine and a brainstorming session between my sister and I. Some novellas on the back burner began with a visit to a bicycle museum, an old copy of the Hans Christian Anderson’s The Sandman, Barry Manilow’s song Could It Be Magic? and recurring dreams of family members.

The musketeers developed from an ending scene of Man In The Iron Mask when the musketeers charge the King’s men. As the smoke clears and the four are still left standing.  My sister and I began the “What if?” game and Magnificent Valor slowly took shape.

Q. How does your writing process work?

All plots begin the essential bottle of wine and brainstorming session with my sister and muse. She is often the mastermind behind  my ‘twists’ for each story. I need an outline to keep myself focused although it often changes as the characters take over or plot turns in a different direction.  Once I’ve begun, I post it for critique on a writing community website and the Coffee Talk gals add their expertise to help shape and refine the story. Then I pass it over to my mother, a retired editor and award winning journalist. If it passes her scrutiny, I consider it a finished piece.

Q. Who will we meet next week?

I love historical romance and short stories so I have chosen authors that will give insight to both the long and the short of their writing process.  Sorry, I couldn’t resist. The first three are friends and gifted writers I met on Scribophile.

Katie Stephens is a multi-published author whose short stories appear in magazines and anthologies including Spark and Mused. Her latest work, Home, will appear in the Spring issue of Mused.

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K. E. Shade is multi-published author Kastil Eavenshade who loves fantasy and historicals. Her latest steamy romance includes pirates, stolen gold and a sailor who will risk everything for the woman he loves. 

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Samyann writes historical romances with a theme of reincarnation. Her first novel involves the Civil War and the Great Chicago Fire. 

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Valeri Clarizio is a fellow Romantic suspense author from Melange-Publishing.  The series A Nick Spinelli Mystery finds the sexy detective solving murders, dodging danger and keeping his girlfriend/caseworker Shannon out of trouble.

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Samyann's Yesterday: A story of reincarnation

Samy Ann will be giving away a free copy of her debut novel to a random commenter. Question: If you were reincarnated, what time period would you want to come from?

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In modern day Chicago, deja vu draws together a handsome mounted policeman and the beautiful young woman who saves his life. A tender love story pulls the reader back to previous lives and a time richly elegant. Yesterday is also a harrowing tale of escape through the American Civil War and The Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In this historical romance, Mark fights through Amanda’s rejection to prove that she will love again as she once loved – Yesterday.

Excerpt:

Yellow ringlets of flypaper dotted with black specks hung from thumbtacks pushed into the ceiling. A dim lightbulb dangled over the bed, trailing a knotted string. A hot, moist breeze from an open window lifted threadbare curtains and caused the string to sway. In the yard outside, a dog barked. On the pillow beside him lay a worn teddy bear, stuffing peeping from where its eye should be. House slippers slapped on the wooden floor.

“There, baby. Mama’s here.” She smiled wearily. Uncomprehending, Mark raised his eyes to the woman leaning over him. Loose blonde curls clung to her tear-streaked cheeks. His face was burning, breath coming in gulping gasps, and the rag she pressed to his forehead felt damp and cool.

The floorboards creaked under a heavy step. A man moved behind Mama and wrapped his arms around her. He whispered, “Honey, Calvin is gone.”

She closed her eyes, leaned her head back against his shoulder. “Calvin. Dear God.”

“Mrs. Gunderson is still in the other room.” The man wiped a red bandana across his brow. “She thinks Sissy might make it, but there’s not much hope for Joey.”

Joey? Is he talking about me?

Mama crushed the rag to her mouth, tears leaking from tightly closed eyes.

The soft glow from the bulb above him bloomed…bloomed and flooded the room with pure white light.

Dense blue fog swirled gently around him. Doors were dimly visible, but the numbers were wrong. 1732… 1751… 1764. Mark started to move to his left, then stopped, uncertain. I think—I think I died. But that was 1922. How the hell did I wind up here?  He turned the knob.

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About The Author

Samyann is a Chicago native. A lifelong fascination with the rich history of her city, coupled with an abiding curiosity about the intersection of past, present, and future, have led to the creation of a speculative masterpiece, Yesterday.

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Aubrey: I am happy to introduce Samy Ann and her debut novel, Yesterday. What inspired you to write your current novel?

Samyann: After retirement from a busy life involving a great deal of travel, I found myself with a bit of time on my hands. As an avid reader, I wondered, like most people, if I had it within me to create—not ‘The Great American Novel’–but a story that had been in my mind for years. Inspiration was already there, in the simmering idea of a character fascinated with an antique clock and somehow involving a previous life. While researching the sounds and origins of clock chimes, I stumbled upon the story of St. Michael’s chimes and Yesterday, A Novel of Reincarnation, was born.

Aubrey: Isn’t amazing how an object and an idea in teh back of your head can turn into a novel? What inspired you to become an author?

Samyann: Quite frankly, I respect the whole concept of the profession and the idea of considering myself in that category is a little daunting. After all, throughout the history of writing, there are those that truly deserve the moniker ‘author’, i.e., Mark Twain, Tolkien, Shakespeare, etc., and I’m not so sure that esteemed group should include me. If I can bring pleasure to one person, let them escape, get lost, through my words to a different world, I’ve told a good story for that one person. Good enough for me.

Aubrey: And good enough for most of us. Is your novel part of a series?  Can you tell me a little about the world you’ve created?

Samyann: No, Yesterday is not a series. It is the story of a young woman who has experienced tragedy and loss in her life and fears loving anyone again as a result. Via an amazing act of courage, she saves the life of a policeman. As Yesterday unfolds, we learn that the heroine and hero of the story have led previous lives. The historical aspects bring forth the terrors of escape from American Civil War through The Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Aubrey: Is there a hidden message in your story and if so what is it?

Samyann: I believe the hidden message would be to never give up hope, that love is a part of life that is there for the taking. You just have to open your heart and let it happen.

Aubrey: What an inspirational theme. What do you think reader will enjoy most about your novel?

Samyann: From the reviews I’ve received to date, I believe the reader will enjoy the 1800 period the most.

Aubrey: That would be me. So historical romance fans will also enjoy this. Did you use a critique partner or group to help with revisions and editing?

Samyann: Yes. I believe Yesterday, Chapter One was critiqued by close to eighty members of Scribophile.com. It had a great deal of input. The reason I kept the story open for critique was not only to polish the story, but also to listen to the input of my potential audience. People who write books also read them J.

Aubrey: Reader input can be invaluable to an author. What makes your novel unique? Why should I buy it?

Samyann: There aren’t very many good stories of reincarnation out there, plus there is a great deal of accurate historical detail. So, if you are interested in either topic, this story will be interesting.

Aubrey: What was the hardest part about writing this novel?

Samyann: Weaving accurate history into a love story.

Aubrey: The balance of research and plot is always a challenge. How long did it take you to write the novel versus revising it?

Samyann: It took 20 plus years of thinking about this story, about 2 years to write Yesterday, and about eight months of editing.

Aubrey: So this has been a labor of love. Which two mainstream authors would you say your work most closely resembles and why?

Samyann: Probably Jude Devereaux and possibly Nora Roberts, primarily because they are both authors of love stories and Jude Devereaux does a bit of time-travel.

Aubrey: I admire both of those authors. One Jude Devereaux book hooked me on a good romance. What piece of advice would you give a new author?

Samyann: Edit, polish, and edit again. When you are satisfied with the work, get it professionally edited.

Aubrey: Using an X meets Y approach, for example Lord of the Rings meets 50 Shades of Grey, how would you describe your novel?

Samyann: Wow. Yesterday isn’t like either of those books. It’s not YA and it’s not erotic … so … it’s a fairly wholesome love story historical in nature.

Aubrey: Is being an author your primary career?

Samyann: Given that I’m retired, I don’t really have a career. Writing is a wonderful hobby, however.

Aubrey: What is your favorite quote? 

Samy Ann: “When people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.” -Neil Gaiman

Aubrey: What is your greatest writing strength? Weakness?  

Samyann: Focus, in answer to both.

Aubrey: Ha! I know what you mean. What is the strangest thing currently housed in your refrigerator?

Samyann: Well, a character in Yesterday defined it as either bad lunchmeat or good cheese.

Aubrey: We’ll go with the cheese. What is the one thing about a book that will make you close the cover and not finish it?

Samyann:  Misspellings or failure on the part of the author to edit. If I have the feeling that the author didn’t take the time required to correct minor issues, I don’t have the time to read the work.

Aubrey: What do you see as your next project and when can we expect it?

Samyann: Another exploration of romance and reincarnation involving Early 19th century during WWII. An elegant and simple time.

Aubrey: I love the WWII era. I can’t wait for the next one. It’s been wonderful having you here today. Good luck with Yesterday and your future novels. Are you having any giveaways today?

Samyann: I’d love to give away a copy of Yesterday to a random commenter. And I always appreciate another review. So far I have about 50 on Amazon, Goodreads and Audible.com. An author can never have too many reviews.

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