My Writing Process Blog Tour

Christy Effinger asked me to take part in this blog tour.  Thanks, Christy

The questions:

1) What am I working on? The second book in my new mystery series, A Twist of Poe. It’s title is The Telltale Stone. It features Cherokee deputy Dallas Starr and Investigative Reporter Jessie West.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? Well, my publisher told me it’s their first mystery that contains spicy love scenes in the on again, off again affair between the two protagonists.

3) Why do I write what I do? Because it’s fun to put characters through all the threats and puzzles that come about in a suspense/mystery. I also write historical romance, which is just as much fun because I get to live vicariously in a time long past with fictional and true characters without putting up with lice and bedbugs and rare bathing.

4) How does my writing process work? Crazily. I go hither and yon, making notes, backing out of some scenes to recreate them later. I don’t know much except my characters when I begin. They tend to take over and lead me all over the place. Eventually, I clean up their mistakes, smooth out the rough spots and end up with a story I hope readers will like. My mysteries are based on people, places and things from the nine years I spent as a feature writer for a rural weekly newspaper. While the killings and the small Grace County are made up, much of the rest is based on true stories.

Because this tour has pretty well run its course, I didn’t request three bloggers to continue. You’ll find it all over the place. So this one is the END for this tour. Thanks for asking me to take part.


About veldabrotherton

I'm primarily a writer, but I also speak and teach workshops and co-chair a large critique group. My brand is SexyDarkGritty and that applies to my western historical romances, mysteries, women's fiction and horror novels. After almost 30 years in this business, I still have something to learn and attend conferences to network with other writers, publishers, editors and agents.
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3 Responses to My Writing Process Blog Tour

  1. Dear Velda,

    I enjoyed reading your process. It helps me in mine to know that you don’t sit down and make a timeline. 😉 I pretty much let my characters lead me wherever they need to go. I also enjoyed your workshop Saturday.



  2. Pingback: My Writing Process | Our Retirement Journeys Read Like Cozy Mysteries

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