Wonderful Australian author Wendy Laharnar tagged me to join in a blog tour answering four questions. So here I go:
What am I working on?
I’ve just finished the first draft of Adventure Trek III, possibly the last book in the series. Before I go back to fleshing out the novel, I’m translating the second book from English into German. The first of the series has been released early this month in both languages.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
While following certain genre rules, I like to break out of them. Of course, I’m not the only author who does that, but I love to explore significant topics while as I do it. With my thriller Strays of Rio I simply had to explore social issues in Brazil although at first I shied from it. Some stories won’t ease their grip on me though. What started as a road trip through Chile led to psychological research and exploration of love in Crumple Zone.
The three Adventure Trek novels strike a lighter note of humor, banter and suspense on the surface, while the topics of war, refugee migration and exploitation form the core or cause of the events unfolding for my protagonists.
Why do I write what I do?
A certain topic may occupy my mind for a while, story ideas bubble up, many burst, but some ripen inside me, want to find a literary form. So I guess the answer ist: Because I must!
How does my writing process work?
Once a topic and story have consolidated in my mind, I sit down and try to write the first draft in one month. A month of bliss where I get to know my new characters, let them run away with me. These days I know how much work it is to clean up after them, so I make sure they run in the approximately right direction. Still, these moments when a situation or character takes an unexpected turn might throw over the complete plot but not the premise.
After the blissful first stage, I try to stay away from the manuscript for at least a few weeks, so I can enter the fleshing out stage with fresh eyes to see where I may have taken short cuts or added twists that don’t really work. Then I usually start the first polishing round and afterward garner feedback from trusted readers and writing buddies before I work on the novel again. These later stages can turn into hard work and before I even think about translating the ms I need another long break or I’ll question the whole work. While translating, I notice even more little flaws. Nothing works better to notice the last inconsistencies or stylistic flaws. So, in the future I’ll always try to get the translation done before releasing the original.
Okay, that’s it from me. Now I’m tagging sci-fi fantasy author Rosalie Skinner and my writing partner for the Higher Ground Series, Francene Stanley. Let me introduce these wonderful authors and great friends:
Francene Stanley found initial inspiration in poetry and songwriting but later turned to writing novels. Like her main characters, she expresses optimism, determination to succeed, and strives to illustrate the principle of positive thinking combined with the trust that things will work out.
Born in South Australia, she married young. Retreating to the small fishing village of Robe, she ran a craft shop and tea room, welcoming tourists to the area. In the early nineteen seventies, her husband and she took a year off with three children on a trip around Australia in a caravan looking at various ways of alternative living before resettling in Robe.
After her divorce, she left Australia and moved to England, where she worked as a nanny, travelling around the world with the family she worked for. Francene met her present husband in London and worked in the catering business for 12 years interspersed with trips to far distant lands. On December 23, you’ll learn more about her writing process on her blog.
Rosalie Skinner spent the first forty years of her life as an obsessive reader before taking up a quill and penning The Chronicles of Caleath. Fantasy and science fiction allowed her to weave life experience with imagination to create a world where her main character would fulfil his quest.
Rosalie spent much of her life raising three children while working as a professional portrait artist. She also spent years breeding Australian cattle dogs and children’s ponies. When her regional library failed to keep pace with her appetite for new books, she began to write.
Writing became an obsession while watching her teenage daughter cope with chronic disease. There is a theme running through the series that reflects the courage and despair experienced as her daughter’s potential for a successful future evaporated. Watching her daughter’s courage in the face of adversity inspired Caleath’s story.
Caleath’s journey was written over a ten year period. More years passed while she worked with critique groups, writing workshops, freelance writing, and self-published three books before signing on with Museitup Publishing.
Rosalie can be contacted through Rosalie Skinner or her blog Ramblings from Lady Rosalie where you’ll also learn about her writing process on December 23.