I met Paula Shene through a little site called BookRix when I first started out. She was such an encourager with a wonderfully wicked wit. So when she asked me to join in on “My Writing Process” Blog Tour, I just couldn’t say no.
Paula is an amazing woman. Taking some of the worst that life could throw at her, she has worked it into a beautiful spirit that comes through her as an author. Though she has written some memoirs and fantasy, I have enjoyed her children’s stories the best. Using animals as her medium, she tackles some very hard subjects such as loss and death with gentle wisdom. Please visit her blog and find out more about her at: http://thepeytondiaries.weebly.com/
I would like to thank Paula Shene for her invitation to join in “My Writing Process’ Blog Tour.
Now to answer four questions for my readers.
1. What Am I Working On Currently?
I’m working on making a dream I’ve had for over 30 years come true in writing a historical romance. I’ve chosen the challenging era of the Vikings. They were a remarkable people and -Yes! They did have romance back then. Not quite the flowers and hearts type of guys you’d imagine, but they were virile men!
2. How Does My Work Differ From Others Of Its Genre?
Well since Historical Romance has a long line of great writers, this is a challenging question. I don’t believe in big handsome men meeting up with slim beautiful women and being swept away by perfect romance. I believe in everyday people who, even though imperfect, sometime finds the one who is willing to put up with their imperfections and form relationships. Based on this, my stories are more character and family driven. When a couple decides to join in life, they are connecting two families together who may have nothing in common but the couple who choose to try and live with each other.
3. Why Do I Write What I Do?
I love to write. Poems, short stories, blogs, I write it all. I’ve chosen to write books because I’ve got a head full of stories and characters wanting to come out. Even though when I let one loose, they never do what I expect they will. I’ve watched people all of my life and enjoy their stories. One of my favorite things to do is watch people in restaurants and invent stories of why they are there. I particularly like romance. It gives me hope that love does overcome all, and it’s fun to write!
4. How Does My Writing Process Work?
That’s a tough question. I’ve tried several processes, but it boils down to a moment that catches my eye and my mind begins to weave a tale about it. Usually I know how the story is going to end and from there I work backwards. All in my head. I might jot a line or two down, but mostly, it plays out in my head like a movie. Then, when the plot seems solid, I will outline on paper. From there I work to write the dreaded first chapter. I hate first chapters. They are so important and I stress over them. But once I get over that hump, the rest just flows from me. The characters take over and I find myself quite surprised by them. Many times there are little detours to the plot, but for the most part, it follows the main outline.
I hope you all enjoyed the interview and join the following authors on their blogs on March 31, as we continue the tour!
I was born on a farm in Iowa. I’ve lived in Arizona, Washington, and now Southern California. I met my husband-to-be in high school. We were married for forty-five years and raised two wonderful children. Since his passing, I’ve made my home in Twentynine Palms, CA. The members of my writing group keep electing me Coordinator. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Twentynine Palms Historical Society and write two columns for their Old Schoolhouse Journal. I’ve worked as a collector, bookkeeper, receptionist, and Advanced Super Agent for Nintendo of America. Several of my short stories have appeared in print and electronically, plus an anthology called Twisted Tales from the Desert can be found on Smashwords, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble. Four of my novels are published. The first is Earthbound (Volume I), Gather the Children, Before We Leave, and Return of the Maca.
My website is: http://www.maricollier.com