Monday, February 10, 2014

Blog Chain--What Am I Working On?

Today I'm delighted to participate in a blog chain, a blog that deals with a set topic or in this case set questions.


The baton for this was passed to me by Marilyn Rice. She invited me to participate by following her posting of last week.  Check it out!

Marilyn lives in England, but we've become friends via social media, a venue that at times I curse because it's so easy to get caught up visiting.  Too many days have occurred where I look at the clock after sitting to 'just check' Facebook or Twitter and discover I've spent a lot more time than intended and am not waaaaay behind on the day's schedule. Does that ever happen you?

Still, connecting with Marilyn has brought me a new friend and for that I'm grateful.  Talented people inspire me, plus one can never have enough friends.

1) What am I working on?

Currently, several projects.  A Young Adult that deals with death and the character's first exposure to grief. This one I started earlier and set aside since last year was crazy busy. Next is a book that can fall into Women's Fiction with a sub-genre of Boomer Lit. The protagonist is 50 and a sudden widow when her husband is killed in an auto crash. She has other surprises thrown her way and deals with them through the support of her best friend and her grown daughters. And, last but not least...I'm in my first collaboration with an author friend...a mystery. 

2) How Does my work differ fro others of its genre?

My paranormal series mixes various mythologies...Celtic, Nordic, Greek and who knows for future books.  Beyond Magic, the first book in the Magical Love series, brings into play a Scottish Cailleach,  a Nordic god who is a son of Thor, and for fun, throw in the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Mix them up with humans and you have humor, heat and a lot of arguing.

The second book, Emerging Magic gives some of the above characters with the addition of vampires.  Think going home to meet the family and you are introduced to a group that blends a 1960s sit-com. 

The DEAD series starts out with a rich girl waking up a vampire and no access to the trust fun that has supported her lifestyle.  What's a gal to do? Work is a word that never entered her vocabulary and with limited skills and a great body she becomes a stripper.  The rest of the DEAD series is set around the various beings that she connects with in the club she now owns.

As for the contemporary erotic romances, mine have more humor than found in most erotic romance.  And I plead guilty to not having page after page of nothing but sex. Call me crazy, but I like a story to go with my heat.

3) Why do I write what I do?

That leads to the question, why does a chicken cross the road?  Not sure about the chicken, maybe because they want to get to the other side and the road is there.  In my case, it's because I have to also, but not to get to the other side of the road.  Nope, it's to stop all the voices shouting in my head and I never know what they are going to scream about.  Like the  stuff happening now.  All I know for sure is there are times they keep me awake and they have learned I get cranky when sleep deprived.

4) How does my writing process work?

As noted above, said voices start talking.  Their conversations seem to be triggered by pretty much anything...a news item, an overheard conversation,  or the way a person walks down the street.  Anyway, they start chattering and I know it's time to make notes for the future.  When they like an idea enough it becomes a full fledged conversation that means the book has to start.  I work better early in the morning and so me and my voices sit down and do a rough plotting of the book.  Then the real works begins in striving to turn all the words into something the editor doesn't shoot back with a 'What were you on when you wrote this?" comment.

Passing the Baton:

It is with great delight I pass the baton for this blog tour on to the talented Sam Cheever, an author who also covers a number of genres.  I look forward to her answers!

Award winning Sam Cheever writes romantic paranormal/fantasy and mystery/suspense, creating stories that celebrate the joy of love in all its forms. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning author of 50+ books and has been writing for over a decade under several noms de plume. 
Places to connect with Sam:
check her website
And her books





Lady M said...

Hi Lizzie, Thanks for receiving the baton and the compliment. You think I'm talented. Wow! Reading about your work makes me feel kinda normal as opposed to being abnormal. We writers live in a different world where we talk to characters, have weird ideas and throw them all together in a kind of melting pot watching it simmering away until we like the taste at the end. Although I do not write about vampires I do mix up ideas! Good luck with your four ongoing projects.

Sharon Ledwith said...

Great getting to know you even more, Lizzie, especially getting a taste of the YA novel you're working on! Wishing you all the best with your ongoing projects! Cheers!

Sloane Taylor said...

Congrats on the new ventures, Lizzie! I admire your dedication and ability to keep your priorities in line.

Lizzie said...

Thank you, for the kind comments, Lady M, but you leave me in amazement with your accomplishments!

Lizzie said...

I know who to call on when I run up against the wall on the YA, Sharon. I'm sure you can direct me down the right road.!

Lizzie said...

Thank you, Sloane. I'm trying. As you know, some days work better than others.