Tuesday, April 29, 2014

My Writing Process? MY WRITING PROCESS. Really... I think.

There are a lot of questions that aspiring authors ask whenever I'm lucky enough to meet them at book events.... but by far, the most frequently asked question is, "So, do you have a writing process? Are you a plotter, or do you wing it?" Well, the lovely author Susie Orman Schnall was nice enough to invite me into this blog hop and share not only some amazing tips of her own, but her book, ON GRACE. Check her out, and then... come back here for my answers.

I'm waiting.

Waiting..... still waiting.... yep.... 

You back? Good! 

SO, *Drum Roll*....here are my answers to these questions. (DO NOT JUDGE ME!!!!) Or judge, whatever, I still love you... Because I seem to have a STRANGE sort of process. But I'm The Lost Witch, so there. It would be SO MUCH COOLER if I could magically make the words appear on the page. But magic doesn't work that way. Sigh. 

Here we go! 

1) What am I working on?
Right now I'm working on my 2015 novel THE WITCH OF TIVOLI PARISH. I have two books coming out in the next few weeks, (THE WITCH OF BELLADONNA BAY and EMPIRE GIRLS (ohmygodgopreordersoIcanquitmydayjobifyouloveme)--- so finding time to get all the finishing touches on my current project is, how can I put this? Terrifying. But no matter what, those characters scream out to me, and it gets done. 

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Oh, I have a thing or two to say about genre. I call mine Tragic Cotton. You can read about it HERE. But I suppose, if we are going with Magical Fiction, Historical Fiction, General Fiction, Women's Fiction Genre's... the thing that makes my novels a little different is that I try to find the balance between dark and light. I kill people with flowers and nostalgia and vintage gardens. If that makes sense. 

3) Why do I write what I do?

I write the things I write because I have to. So, I'll be driving or taking a shower or walking around and this image will pop in my head. I write it down, describing it, and before I know it there's a whole book that grows around that image. I write dark, magical novels, laced with history and family secrets. I write about love and loss and redemption... and I write about those things because it helps me make sense of my own life (so far) that was full of sharp angles of love and blurry edges of sad. 

4) How does your writing process work? 

I wish I had a better way. But here it goes. The first draft comes in spurts of words. Sometimes 2k. Sometimes 10k in a sitting (ALL DAY LONG). Then... I wait. And the editing takes longer. I love the editing. The delete button is my best friend. When I'm in that phase, I make sure to edit a pre-determined set of pages a day. And I have cold readers who know my work, and who know to "Rip me a knew one" when they think I can do better. This is the most important part of my process... taking criticism. 

Thank you Susie for inviting me! And next week, please check out Jennifer Gooch Hummer who will tell us about GIRL UNMOORED. (Which I just ordered because... YES!)

Thanks for reading, you guys. And if you have a question about my process I didn't answer, feel free to ask in the comments!

Best to you all, 


  1. Hahahaha! Suzy!!
    You: " And I have cold readers who know my work, and who know to "Rip me a knew one" when they think I can do better. This is the most important part of my process... taking criticism."
    Me: A "knew" one?? Like, YOU KNEW THIS BETTER THAN THAT...or...something.

    I pre-ordered Belladonna Bay through my local bookstore. I forgot to do the same with Empire Girls. Guess I'd better go back in! :D

    I think you are amazing. You know this, though.

    I was invited into this blog tour, too, and will be doing mine next week! It will not be as coherant as yours but it sure is fun!

  2. I'd like to follow you and I will, as soon as I find the right button!