Mondays are Book Tag days and I have been tagged by John Howell. John is President of the Rockport Writers Group and his first novel, My GRL, just launched.
Thanks, John, for tagging me.
The rules of this tag are to answer the following four writing questions, and then tag three other authors. Next week, March 10, those three authors will answer the same questions and tag three others, and so the chain continues to grow. This will enable readers to get to know more authors and their books. It will also allow everyone to get to know these authors a little better.
I’m delighted to introduce you to Leslie Zemekis, author of Behind the Burly Q; Grey Wolf, author of The Slayer among other works, and Alesha Escobar, author of the Gray Tower trilogy. Such a mixed bag of genres there, you’re sure to find a new favorite.
Now, here are the questions that were put to me.
1. What are you currently working on?
I’m currently putting the finishing touches on The King’s Redress, the third book in The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam, a literary fantasy series. This was my National Novel Writing Month project for November, 2013. The draft is nearly finished then there will be lots of editing, beta- and proofreading and prepress with the goal of a Summer 2014 launch. At the end of Book Two, The King’s Ransom, King Bewilliam may have thought his problems were in the past, but he was wrong. In Book Three he finds that he doesn’t know whom to trust. I guess it’s true; it isn’t easy being king.
2. How does your work differ from others in the same genre?
Many fantasy stories have more sorcery and paranormality. When I started The Lost King I wanted to capture the plight of contemporary people who have survived a life trauma only to find nothing to “come home to” but I wanted to tell the story in a “once upon a time” fashion. As I continue through the series I am still exploring present-day issues such as parent/child relationships and duty versus desire. The magic and the monsters in The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam stand for the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that rise up out of nowhere and block the path to achieving our goals. Or as one reader said about the medieval fantasy world setting, “The story could have taken place today” and that is indeed my intent.
3. Why do you write what you do?
I can’t seem to help it. The littlest thing like a TV commercial or a billboard gets me thinking “but what if…?” Before I know it, I’m drafting a novel.
4. How does your writing process work?
I usually begin with a character and a dilemma. In the last few years my novels have started as a National Novel Writing Month project. The challenge of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, which doesn’t leave any time for hesitating or second-guessing. I do a brain dump—write whatever comes to my head. It’s like creating a quilt. I finish the marathon with collection of scenes like a box of fabric squares. Then I work with them to see how they fit together and add whatever’s necessary to complete the picture.
You can find The Lost King and The King’s Ransom on amazon.com as well as other online retailers like Barnes and Noble and Nook. And this week, they’re on sale on smashwords.com. Click on this link and enter REW25 at check-out for a 25% discount. The sale ends Saturday, Mar. 8 so don’t delay.