2016 Recap

It’s been a crazy year. I’m coming up on the 4 year anniversary of my first book release. 2016 was unique because I’ve had novels come out steadily until this year, when I had only two anthologies and a novella come out.

I’m not disappointed, though. I’m very excited by each of these new releases, and I feel like they really stretched me artistically. I have one book in editing scheduled for next year, which will finish out the Actuator series. It’s been very gratifying to see those books on the Amazon charts for months straight. So I can’t wait for the fiery finale.

My work in progress is going slow, but I feel really good about it. I’ll fill you in more as the year unfolds, but I’m sure it won’t be in print until after next year.

Thanks to all of you for making this dream real. It’s been a fantastic journey and I hope you all have a happy holiday season! 🙂

#MyWritingProcess

A big THANK YOU to D.J. Butler for inviting me to participate in this blog hop. Everybody please follow him on Twitter at @davidjohnbutler because his tweets are hilarious!

Here’s the deal. “We writers share these things, but informally during workshops and at conferences (and, for a handful of established writers, in printed interviews), but not so much through our open-forum blogs. With the hashtag #MyWritingProcess, you can learn how writers all over the world answer the same four questions. How long it takes one to write a novel, why romance is a fitting genre for another, how one’s playlist grows as the draft grows, why one’s poems are often sparked by distress over news headlines or oddball facts learned on Facebook.”

That having been said, here are my answers:

1) What am I working on?

Right now I’m writing the second book in The Actuator series. The first book, Fractured Earth, is out. I’m editing a short story anthology featuring work by 15 great authors all writing in The Actuator world. Once I finish this sequel, Return of the Saboteur, there will be another short story collection before the exciting conclusion. It’s been a great project and working with so many awesome people has been a great pleasure.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

The Actuator is unique as far as I know. It is a multi-genre work, taking the characters through many different genres instead of just one or a cross-over between a few. That having been said, it’s different from stories in every other genre because it’s constantly changing.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I write what I love. When an idea builds up steam and threatens to explode my brain, the only way to vent the pressure is to get it on paper. I have TONS of ideas competing to get out, but once in a while one will rise to the top and demand to be written. That is the one I have to write.

4) How does my writing process work?

It starts with ideas bouncing around inside my head like plasma in the center of the sun. Eventually a statistically unlikely collision creates a much heavier element. That’s the one I have to write. I don’t start with characters or genre. I start with ideas and themes. Then I snap the genre on it which best expresses those ideas. Next I develop characters. The plot comes last because I’m a discovery writer. So I never know the end until the characters arrive at it.

Here are the authors I think you should check out next! Their blog will come out next week, June 30.

Mara Valdarran does alternate realities so well it stuns me. She’s the best at all the multiple dimension drama. Look up her blog before you follow her on Twitter at @MaraValdarran

Sharon Bayliss is an amazing urban fantasy author. Her latest book has been tearing up the Amazon charts! Check out her blog, then follow her on Twitter at @SharonBayliss