I’m delighted to have been invited to take part the “My Writing Process Blog Tour”
Many thanks to Jane Jackson ( www.janejackson.net ) for asking me along to answer a few questions about my writing life.
1) What am I working on?
I have just- literally moments ago- started work on my second romance novel- Romancing Robin Hood.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’ve been told that my romance differs from others as it is “romantic without being sweet, and lovely without being twee.” I hope that’s right!
Romancing Robin Hood is different to most of the romances out at the moment because it covers 2 time periods at the same time- today, and fourteenth century England. Here’s an exclusive bit of background…
Dr Grace Harper is a researcher and lecturer in Medieval History- obsessed about the legend of Robin Hood from an early age, she is in the process of writing her magnum opus- a book all about a real medieval criminal gang, who Grace firmly believes, gave birth to the Robin Hood legend. However, she is also writing a novel about the same subject- but so far only her best friend Daisy knows what she’s up to. If her Head of Department finds out Grace isn’t spending her non-teaching time entirely on her text book, he will not be pleased.
Life, students, and Daisy’s unexpected wedding – for which Daisy has ordered Grace to be bridesmaid- keep getting in the way of Grace’s research into the life of her fourteenth century protagonist – Mathilda.
To add to her distractions, Dr Robert Franks, a new lecturer at a rival University has asked Grace to be an examiner for one of his PhD students. Grace reluctantly agrees- but only because he has access to some original documents that she hopes will take her deeper into Mathilda’s world…
3) Why do I write what I do?
My main rule when it comes to choosing what to write is that I must be fascinated by the subject. Although I rarely follow the old adage that a writer should write about what they already know, with my first romantic novel, Another Cup of Coffee, I did just that. Focusing on my student life as an archaeologist, and my massive addiction to coffee stops, it was great fun rewriting my own past with ‘what might have been’!!
For Romancing Robin Hood I have again decided to dig into a bygone part of my life. Once upon a time I used to teach medieval history…
I should hastily add, that when I am writing erotica as Kay Jaybee, my real life is well and truly left alone!!
4) How does your writing process work?
I have a strict routine when it comes to my writing. Every day I set off to my local coffee shop. I write there for the 2 hours, before coming home and concentrating on my ‘real’ job until one o’clock, before heading back to the café for more writing.
Although it’s a rather old fashioned practice, I write a rough draft of all my novels on paper first, before expanding them on the computer. Then I print out what I’ve produced, and rewrite it! It’s a long process, but it helps me polish my work as I go.
Next Monday you’ll be able to read all about the writing processes of Laura Wilkinson, Primula Bond and Rachel Brimble! Enjoy!!
Laura is a writer, reader, wife and mother to ginger boys. She grew up in rural Wales. After hedonistic years in Manchester and London, she winged her way to sunny Brighton. She describes herself as two writers in one body: writing general fiction as Laura Wilkinson and erotic romance as L. C. She has published short stories in magazines, digital media and anthologies, and two novels, with another two scheduled for publication this year: hot romance, All of Him, and contemporary fiction, Public Battles, Private Wars – the story of a young miner’s wife set against the backdrop of the 1984/85 strike. As well as writing fiction, she works as an editor for literary consultancy, Cornerstones. www.laura-wilkinson.co.uk
Primula Bond –
Primula Bond has been writing erotic novels and short stories for 20 years for Black Lace, Xcite Books and Mischief as well as offering editorial advice to aspiring writers for Writers Workshop and at the York Writing Festival Her Unbreakable Trilogy, an erotic romance involving Serena Folkes and Gustav Levi published by Avon at Harper Collins, is currently in the Amazon charts. www.primulabond.blogspot.com
Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. She writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance and Victorian romance for eKensington. She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with readers and fellow romance writers. She would love to hear from you! http://www.rachelbrimble.com/
Happy reading everyone,