So Alexia Casale, yet another member of Claire’s coven, tagged me in the writing process meme!
What am I working on?
Uhhhh my masters thesis currently……eep. But fiction wise, I should really be doing my edits for Book 1, which are due in June. I’m also messing around with Book 2, which I can’t really do anything properly on until the plot of Book 1 is finalised. I started writing it after the first draft of Book 1, and then had to change it so many times as I edited the first one that it’s currently on standby to save my own sanity. I also don’t feel like I’m a good enough writer yet to get the vision of the book in my head onto paper. It’s going to be this amazing coming of age time travel extravaganza, but the few times I’ve tried writing out the really strong bits they just seem too try-hard and lame. I never felt that way when I was writing Book 1, so it might just be nerves because it’s All Real now. I don’t know, I don’t want to mess it up. I’ll give it another go soon enough.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
WHAT GENRE IS MY BOOK???????? SOMEONE TELL ME. I mean I guess it’s a ‘romance’, but it’s nothing like any romance I’ve ever read. It’s a romance in the sense that the characters getting together is the main part of the book, but the romance drives the plot, rather than being the plot.
I don’t know. It’s a historical novel, but it’s also a conspiracy thriller and a spy novel, so I guess that’s one way it’s different from others in the same genre.
Why do I write what I do?
I wrote about whether why I found myself writing Young Adult here, but a bit more on why I like YA- I love the sense of humour that you can’t really find in literary fiction, the banter and colloquial kind of dialogue. I love how it can cover almost any type of genre while still always coming back to the same themes. I love that the right YA book has the potential to completely change someone’s life and perspective right at the moment when it’s really needed, and stick with them forever. I love that adults and kids read it, and enjoy it.
As to why I wrote The Red Earth Rolls (now titled The Next Together), I made a list of all of my favourite things in fiction one day and tried to find a way to include them all in one story. The plotty mess that resulted was my own fault.
How does my writing process work?
Up to now, I’ve only written one novel. I wrote it over the summer holidays, in fast bursts over 2 or 3 months, and spent the rest of the year thinking about it. I have three storylines, and I wrote about a quarter of one, and then caught the other two up to that. Then I wrote them out chapter by chapter in all three storylines. I write in chronological order almost always.