Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Writing Process Blog Tour

Writing Process Blog Tour

A fellow iwosc member and friend, Vickey Kalambakal tagged me for the Writing Process Blog Tour. A blog hop where authors are asked to share their insights into the writing life. Below I have answered the four questions and tagged fellow authors and bloggers
What are you working on? I’m working on three stories right now. One is a sequel to my book, Portrait of Our Marriage.
The second story is a very emotional one for me. It is a nonfiction about self loathing and wanting to die. This one will be my next book out.
The third story I’m working on is about family, overcoming hardships, and pets.
I also try to keep busy doing interviews and creative writing prompts for my blog.
How does your work differ from others of its genre? I wanted to write about todays hidden addiction, as seen through the eyes of a wife who is living with her husbands escalating obsession with pornography. I would like to classify this book as a fictional memoir but could never find that listed as a genre. Although the story is fiction, much research went into it. I also went to great lengths to find women who had or were living with someone who suffered with this addiction to bring as much truth and reality to the story as I could.
Why do you write what you do?
 My Mom and Aunt both have a part in the stories I pick. My Mom wanted me to write from the heart. Stories with real emotion, while my Aunt wanted my writing to stir the pot. Stories that would stir things up and get people talking even if they were disagreeing.
As for a more personal reason, I believe every person has a different story in them and for them. There are chapters in each of our lives that need different authors to tell them. Readers download or reach for books for different reasons. Different experiences and different times in our lives opens us up to different reading possibilities and stories to be told. A reader may be looking for sci-fi, mystery, fairytale, or happily ever after love stories, but sometimes the reader needs something different. That’s when the blatantly real, sometimes heartbreaking, even dark, story may fit their need. I’m talking about a story that takes them behind closed doors and doesn’t fit into the formatted structure that many books follow. Not all lives are comfortable and easy, packaged perfectly in what is accepted, and so for now . . . those are the stories I write.
How does your writing process work? 
Read, scribble, ask; repeat.
I am a dreamer. It would be nice to just simply sleep but my mind rarely goes quietly into the night. I see and dream stories. It is like watching a movie. When I wake up I try to write down what I remember. That’s when the notes and scribble come in handy. I am also a day dreamer. I can be walking, watching TV, even reading a book, and another story will unfold in my minds eye. And that explains the tons of unedited notes and shorts I have written in notebooks.
I’ve always enjoyed writing. As a child I made up poems for friends. In high school I wrote romance stories that would have been perfect for True Confessions, purely from what I’d read and my imagination, of courseJ As I grew older I wrote lyrics and stories for my children.
Now, to play the meme forward,  I would like to introduce you to three more writers.

C.J. Galaway was born in a small town in Pennsylvania in the peak of the summer season.  It wasn’t until three months later she would meet her family through adoption and become the youngest of three children.  Though since her two older siblings are at least twenty years older, it was like being an only child.

C.J. grew up in a world of adults in a neighborhood with no children her age to play with, so her mother instilled in her a love of reading.  She couldn’t imagine a time she wasn’t reading.  “I grew up without computers, PS3 or XBOX, and cable T.V.,” she laughs.  “So my favorite way to pass the time was to lose myself in a good book.  I could easily read three to four a week.”

School was never that important to her, some studies came easy but for the most part it was boring for her.  She was the quiet kid who sat in the back of your junior/senior high school classes doing anything but what the teacher wanted her to do.  Although she would develop a passion for learning and return to college later in life to earn her bachelor’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania.

It was in junior high she started putting pen to paper and writing down what she imagined in her mind.  An English teacher encouraged her to keep writing after enjoying a story she had written for extra credit over the holidays.  “I had played with imaginary friends as a child and would lay out these elaborate scenarios in my mind for what would happen that day,” C.J. recalls.  “It was easy to transfer that planning from my play time onto paper.”

It is from that love or reading and an over active imagination in childhood that the idea for her first novel Bite Marks was born…

Bite Marks

Writer. Exile on Peachtree Street.
 I make things up and write them down.
The art form I create when writing is much more interesting than anything you will ever know or learn about me. However, since you ask, I have lived in Tennessee and Georgia my entire life, except for one “lost summer” spent in Los Angeles. My first published stories were for a local underground rock publication in Nashville. Since then, I have published articles on music, fashion, art, travel and history.
October 2013 saw the launch of a novel collaboration, SEPTEMBER ENDS, contemporary fiction laced with romance, erotic and supernatural elements, bound by poetry. SEPTEMBER ENDS has been labeled an “Indie Sensation” due the critical reception and international recognition the novel has received.  It has been awarded Best Independently Published Romance by the peer recommended eFestival of Words. The book has been downloaded in every Amazon domain on the planet. It has achieved #1 status on Amazon for World Literature, #1 in British Poetry, #1 in Artistic Erotica and #1 in Contemporary Poetry.
September 23, 2014 will see the launch of SEPTEMBER FIRST, pre-quel to SEPTEMBER ENDS. It is the next addition to the September Stories - the story of English poets, Jack O. Savage and Indie Shadwick.
You can connect with me at the following social media sites:
www.thehuntersjones.blogspot.com – Exile on Peachtree Street


Gemma Wilford is a freelance writer from Blyth, Northumberland, where she lives with her husband. She is author to children’s adventure story The Ruby of Egypt and blogs at Missuswolf.wordpress.com, where you can follow her writing journey. Gemma is in the editing stages of her first chick-lit novel as well as ghost-writing a historic novel.

Ruby finds herself being dragged by her over excited and rather embarrassing parents on a sight-seeing holiday to Egypt. Viewing the pyramids is the last thing a fourteen year old girl wants to be doing when she could be basking in the glorious sunshine by the pool instead. Her disappointment soon turns to delight when she curiously follows a black cat inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, where upon entering she is mysteriously transported back in time to Ancient Egypt. Aided by a talking feline. Guided by a dragonfly. Protected by a Falcon headed God. Ruby must embrace an important mission that will not only challenge her ability to amend her stroppy attitude, but will change the purpose of her life forever.

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