1) What am I working on?
Perhaps a better question might be, what am I NOT working on? It seems like I'm always juggling multiple stories both on my laptop and in my head.
First, I just started a new short story I'm hoping to submit to a Mothers' Day anthology by the end of the month. Her Sweet Seduction is about a single mother who is romanced by a former lover who uses chocolate and other sweet surprises to prove he's interested in more than just another fling.
Second, I'm wrapping up edits on a story that was actually my first ever submission to a publisher. The editor sent it back with "Revise and Resubmit" notes...two years ago. My friend Louisa was actually the one who nudged me to dust it off and get it ready for submission again. But I learned so much from that first editor's notes, that I decided to make major changes to it -- including changing the title and increasing the word count by another 10K. Romancing Her Rival will hopefully be ready to see the light of day again in a few more weeks.
Third, I still need to add about 15K words to my first book-length story. Then it will go into edits and beta reading. I'm hopeful this one will finally be done by this summer.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?Well, I am the Romance Chica. LOL. This means that all my stories feature Latinas who are looking for their happily ever after. I've always been a romance reader, but honestly it was rare to find heroines who looked like me or the women in my family. When I decided to become a romance author, I also decided that I would do my part to promote diversity in romance. So while the heroes in my books may range when it comes to skin color and heritage, my heroines will always be Proud Latinas.
3) Why do I write what I do?I love love. It's as simple as that.
4) How does your writing process work?I don't really have a "process" which may be the reason why I'm juggling three stories right now. For the most part, I'm all over the place. I don't write chapter by chapter or use much of an outline. Usually, when I get a story idea (sometimes inspiration can come in the form of a dream or even a submission call), I try to write out a few paragraphs right away. Something similar to a synopsis, but it can be very general and full of question marks. I let the idea sit for a few days in my head. I'll think about key scenes while I'm shopping or driving and then as soon as I get on my laptop, I'll write them down. I've been known to write end scenes and sex scenes way before the first chapter.
When I'm ready to start writing the main chunk of the story, I'll make a playlist on my iPhone. I always write to a playlist that's been created specifically for the book I'm working on. It helps puts me "in" the story and in the minds of my characters. Plus having headphones on when I write helps to block out any background noise and also lets my family know that I'm in the zone. I usually end up with the majority of the story written after a few weeks and that's when it's time to go back and fill in missing scenes or tweak the plot.
The trick is being disciplined enough to focus on finishing the current story before a shiny new idea pops into my head.
Yeah, I'm still working on this part of my "process."
Thanks for visiting today! The Writing Process Blog Hop continues next Monday, March 17 with Skylar Kade. So make sure to stop by and say hi. Besos!