Monday, May 26, 2014

Writing Process Blog

My Writing Process Blog Tour

The Writing Process Blog Tour has traveled to my blog today. Special thanks goes to Brenda Anderson for nominating me for this tour. Brenda’s debut novel, Chain of Mercy, is one you don’t want to miss! In case you aren’t familiar with Brenda and her work, I’ll introduce you.  After that I’ll talk about my writing process, and then I’m going to point the tour in a new direction toward another writer whose books you won’t want to miss! The tour stops at her site on Monday, June 2nd.

Brenda Anderson

Brenda Anderson writes gritty, life-affirming fiction that offers hope and reminds the reader they’re not alone. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is currently President of the ACFW Minnesota chapter, MN-NICE. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, theater, roller coasters, and baseball (Go Twins!), and she loves watching movies with her family. She resides in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area with her husband of 26 years, their three children, and one sassy cat.

Her debut novel, Chain of Mercy, released in April of 2014 through Winslet Press!

Rose’s Writing Process:

1. Current writing project: Right now I’m ready to start the second round of revisions on the first book of my rodeo romance series. The hero and heroine in this book are in their forties and hoping for another go around at love.

2. How my work differs from others in the same genre: This is a tough one. I think it might be that I enjoy writing stories with older hero and heroines. I’ve received great feedback from readers about how they enjoy reading about characters closer to their age group.

3. Why do I write what I do? I like happy endings. Sappy, right? Ha! In addition to the happy endings, God is such a part of my life, I’m happy to tell stories that show how to practice His Biblical principles into daily living and loving.

4. How does my writing process work? I like to write to theme in my stories, whether they are short stories or manuscripts so once I get a plot idea, I look for a Bible verse that fits the plot line then I start an outline of the story and begin to flesh out my characters. Since I have a full time job, working off of an outline helps me to streamline my writing time.

The tour rolls on: June 2nd

Please stop by and visit Helen Gray!

Helen Gray grew up in a small Missouri town and married her pastor. While working alongside her husband in his ministry, she had three children, taught school, became an amateur ventriloquist and directed/accompanied church music programs. Now that she is retired and the children are grown, she has resumed the writing she began when they were small.

Her stories are meant to honor God and depict Christian lives and problems as she knows and observes them. If her writing in even a small way touches others, she considers it a blessing and thanks God for the opportunity.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Happy Memorial Day

As you celebrate the weekend that officially starts summer, please take time to remember what it's all about.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cover Reveal!

I wondered what to blog about today and then the link to the cover for my August release, Sweet on the Cowgirl popped into my email yesterday and made the decision for me! Here is the cover and the back copy blurb:

Laura Barnes Wants to Be a Cowgirl 

Laura has always dreamed of being a trick rider in her family's Wild West show. But her father will only allow her to perform if she disguises herself as Mr. Buckskin Jones. When soda-pop king Guy Roberts shows up to do business with her family, Laura is torn between keeping her identity under wraps and revealing her growing feelings for Guy.

Guy is drawn to Laura's poise and beauty, but he, too, guards a secret. As their affection for each other grows, Guy begins to think about a future that includes Laura. When both their secrets suddenly come to light, their romance will face the ultimate showdown.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Getting Back into the Routine

I'm doing it. I finally getting back into a rut!

I know, I know. Most people don't want to be in a rut, doing the same thing day after day is boring to say the least. However, the BEST gift a write can give themselves is following a routine or getting into a writer's rut.

On Palm Sunday, I fell and broke my kneecap which threw my entire life's routine out of whack. It was a good thing, I was letting my rough draft rest before I started revisions or that I wasn't close to a deadline because the last thing on my mind was actually writing. I always thinking about writing, but there was no way I could put a string of words together the last two weeks of April due to pain in my back and knee.

By May 1st, I was feeling better and ready to get back into my writing rut. So I started revising one chapter a day. I'm happy to report I am staying on track, catching mistakes and improving sentences in my manuscript. It feels GREAT!

If you are writing for publication, you need a writing routine. Yes, some days it will feel like a rut, but it is necessary to complete and improve your stories. Everyone's writing routine will be as unique to them as their voice in their manuscript.

I'm not a morning person. My writing routine happens for thirty minutes of my lunch hour, in the evening after work and weekend afternoons. Do you have a writing routine?

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Always an Adventure!

That is how I feel about book signings! I enjoy doing them and am glad book stores host them, but you just never know how they will turn out.

I feel my book signing in Chicago was a success. I had two books left on my table when the signing ended and due to my difficulty in walking and the location of the conference book store, I never went back to see if those two copies sold. Here is a picture of my signing table. Isn't the poster that Harlequin sent neat?
My book signing today was slow to start. One person in the first hour stopped at my table. I'm not kidding! The second hour picked up with friends, family and yes, strangers who are readers stopping by, some even purchasing the book! Barnes & Noble in Sioux City made the event very special by reading the back cover blurb and announcing my location over the loud speakers. In addition, I received a complimentary coffee of my choice from their café and a water. It turned out to be a very fun event.