I want to thank Yvonne Hertzberger for inviting me to join the My Writing Process Blog Tour. Yvonne is the author of the Earth’s Pendulum Trilogy. I have read all three books in the series and I highly recommend them to anyone who enjoys Epic Fantasy, or as the author calls it, Old World Fantasy. You can find out more about Yvonne and her work at http://newfantasyauthor.com/
My Writing Process
1. What am I working on? Actually, I have three manuscripts started and hope to have them all completed by the end of the year. Wishful thinking, you say? I tend to agree but it would be wonderful to accomplish this goal.
The one I’m concentrating on right now is the third book in the Wee People series. I have no title for it yet but the work is coming right along. In this book, Vernon reluctantly takes center stage and solves a mystery dating from the past by going back in time.
The second manuscript, Bark at the Wind was inspired by a stray dog that wandered into our life. What kind of trials/hardship/adventure did he experience before we met him?
The third is another installment in the Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat series. Autumn/Halloween will be the theme. Patchy and Calico will have to survive a night in a haunted house.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? I write in two different genres, children’s and MG/YA, but I try to follow the same path with both. I want my books to be fun to read, entertaining, teach a lesson and give kids/teens a chance to use their imaginations. I try to write so that the youngsters, teens and even adults can picture the action as he/she reads the story.
3. Why do I write what I do? I’m comfortable writing the types of stories I come up with. I was a teacher and pretty well know what younger readers like and I know how to sneak a lesson or moral in without sounding ‘teachy’.
I enjoy reading fantasy and yes, children’s stories too. Reading for me is an escape from reality, therefore that’s the way I write as well. I want my readers to be pulled into an adventure or mystery and forget about everyday work/chores, worries and stress for a while.
4. How does my writing process work? Lately, my writing process has not been working too well. I usually try to get all my household and family responsibilities taken care in the morning so I can devote the afternoons to writing. That has not worked too well the past couple of months due to bad weather, illnesses, doctor’s appointments and two new dogs to take of and train.
Hopefully with warmer weather approaching, longer daylight hours and no more colds/flu, I can get back to writing at least a little bit every day. Then the real fun will start when the manuscripts are completed: self-edit several times, beta-readers, self-edit some more, professional edit, and then finally publish.
Who’s up next?
These three amazing writers are joining us on April 7
Robert DeBurgh learned to fly at the age of fifteen and has over twenty thousand hours of flight time. He has been a flight instructor, cargo pilot, mail pilot, bush pilot, mercenary fighter pilot and has served as captain for three airlines.
As a professional pilot, DeBurgh has flown in the US, the Caribbean, Central and South America and Africa. He has served as captain for three overseas airlines and for seventeen years served his country in the capacity of a pilot examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration until his retirement.
As an author, he has written aviation articles and stories for various publications and has written many science fiction and fantasy short stories, was a columnist for two newspapers and associate editor for “American Roadracing Magazine.”
At the present time he writes articles for “Indian Aviation Magazine” and several US magazines and is the author of the widely acclaimed novels, Riders of the Wind and Winds of Fate. In each of these novels DeBurgh has woven a tale of high adventure set against an accurate background of actual historical events.
His new novel, The Winds of Kunlun Shan, due to be released in the autumn of 2014, is the third book in the Riders of the Wind series.
Webpage - http://robertdeburgh.weebly.com
Blog - http://robertdeburgh.weebly.com/blog-blogging-through-the-mire.html
Vickie lives in London, UK, and works as a freelance layout sub editor. Her first book, Kiwi in Cat City, was written in 2002 and self-published in 2011, and she has scribbled stories and poetry all her life. Vickie’s loves include cats, reading, films, travelling, rock music, Castle, The Walking Dead, tea, the sea, dancing like an eejit, sleeping and Milky Bar.
Vickie has self-published the following 15 books: Kaleidoscope (poetry); Travelling Light (poetry); Life’s Rhythms (haiku); 3 Heads and a Tail (comedy romance with a dog); Kiwi in Cat City (magical cat series for middle grade readers); Kiwi and the Missing Magic; Kiwi and the Living Nightmare; Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle; Kiwi in the Realm of Ra; Kiwi’s Christmas Tail; Day of the Living Pizza (comedy detective series for young teens), Day of the Pesky Shadow, The Sea Inside (teen/YA fantasy), I Dream of Zombies and Haven (Zombies, book 2). The Kiwi Series has illustrations by Nikki McBroom.
Kiwi Series website: Kiwiincatcity.com
Wendy Siefken is currently a stay at home mom who works on writing stories and marketing the published books. Wendy lives on a farm with her family and enjoys reading, gardening and other activities with her family and friends.