A Blog Hop is basically Tag for writers who blog. Someone came up with the four questions below and answered them on her/his blog, then tagged three writer blogger friends to answer the questions on their blogs, and they then tagged three more writer bloggers… and so on and so on. Now it’s my turn.
The person who tagged me is Heather Jackson. Heather is a YA novelist as well as a television screenwriter. When she’s not writing books or screenplays, she blogs about writing craft and the writer’s life at writeonsisters.com, as well as about cycling the world on a fold-up bike at bromptoning.com. If you would like to find out more about Heather, you can look here: http://heatherjacksonwrites.com.
Now for the questions:
1) What am I working on/writing?
Currently I am working on a scifi middle grade novel with a 13-year old boy as the main character. This will be my first novel with a male protagonist and I am having loads of fun delving into something new. So far I don’t have a title, but that’s also part of the fun.
2) How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?
This question is a tough one. I even had to consult with my writer’s groups so I could get a ‘bird’s eye view’ of my own work. Here goes:
As some of you know, I am from Trinidad and Tobago. Daydreaming was one of my favorite activities when I was growing up. I especially loved to imagine the various folklore characters of the islands, such as: the Soucouyant, Doyens and Papa Bois. So it’s no surprise that I ‘devoured’ works of fantasy in my teenage years, starting with J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings series. Hence, the stories I create are fantasy or have fantasy elements in them.
In all my books, however, I write about serious, emotional issues that my characters have to deal with. My stories are character-driven, emotional journeys first and foremost. As one of my writing buddies, Niki Moss, said of my middle grade fantasy, Up In The Air, (which by the way has nothing to do with Trinidad), “the fantasy aspects are there specifically to help Melody (the protagonist) resolve her real-world issues”.
Although to date I have only published one children’s book, my middle grade fantasies as a whole focus as much on the moral development and maturing of my characters as they do on their magical adventures. Of course, the stories based in Trinidad also deal with the Trinidadian culture and racial diversity.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I am an avid reader and love to lose myself in books that take me to places I could not possibly have imagined. Specifically, I love fantasy. I love the freedom of possibility,
It thrills me to be able to capture the imaginations of children and adults alike, and take them on a journey that will free their imaginations and make them see life from a different perspective.
4) How does my writing process work?
I love freestyle writing. The first few chapters of my first draft are driven from a sense of passion and purpose. I go where the story leads. I find that in this way I get the pulse and tone of the book first, and then I delve into background, characterization and the world/plot of the novel.
The one time I did this in reverse and plotted the entire book, my characters started rebelling:
“I don’t want to do this!”
“Are you crazy?”
“This is foolish!”
“My way is better.”
I learnt my lesson the hard way and had to discard my months-long attempt at an outline and let the characters have their say. So now I trust myself and do what works best for me.
And now for the three writers who will be continuing the blog hop on May 19th.
Amie Borst, a long-time writer and self-proclaimed graduate from ULE (University of Life Experience), is a native New Yorker, now residing in Northern Virginia. Originally, she aspired to be on Broadway, but her teen years were filled with too many "angsty" poems and short stories to let them fall to the wayside. She enjoys eating chocolate while writing and keeps a well-stocked stash hidden away from her family.
Learn more about her at; http://www.amieborst.com
L.K. Hill is a novelist who writes across three genres: scifi/fantasy, historical fiction, and crime fiction. Her scifi and fantasy, including dystopian, are written under her full name. Her crime and historical fiction are written under her initials, L.K. Hill.
She comes from a large, tight-knit family and resides in Northern Utah. She loved to read and write at a young age, and her earliest memories consist of her father sitting in the doorway of her room at night, relating stories of Frodo, Gandalf, and the One Ring of Power. Her mother also read to her every afternoon as a child, sometimes for several hours a day.
Today she is an award-winning author. All of her published works thus far have won manuscript awards in the prestigious League of Utah Writers annual fiction competition, and Persistence of Vision was the winner of the Silver Quill Award for Published Books in 2013.
Check her out at: http://lkhill.blogspot.ca
JO SCHNEIDER lives in Bountiful, Utah, but she has spent countless
hours traveling all over the world. Her goal is to visit all seven continents, and she's nearly finished. Being a geek at heart, Schneider has always been drawn to science fiction and fantasy; she writes both.
Based on her travels and her experience obtaining a black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate, Schneider's works feature authentic, impressive settings and extraordinary action sequences.
You can find her at: http://joannschneider.blogspot.ca