Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Romance Weekly


Oh, my goodness. Is it Tuesday already? Golly, how time flies when your head's in your next book. Speaking of writing, here are my answers to this week's questions about my craft and process:

When writing your novel, do you know how it’s going to end before you write, or do you write from start to finish?

I typically outline before I start writing, so I have a sense of where things are supposed to go. More often than not, the story deviates widely from the path once I start writing it. Even so, I do my best to rein it back to the ending I envisioned. If it veers off in a direction I deem better than the original, I'll follow along and re-plot as I go.  In romances, there has to be a happy ending for the couple in the story, so it's really a question of the degree of resolution and how they get there.

How do the people you know impact your writing? Are you influenced by friends and family for your characters?

Friends and family, no. Bullies and bad actors I've encountered in real life and on social media sites, maybe. Mostly, however, my characters are drawn from research, the needs of the story, and facets of myself. One of the villains in my forthcoming political thriller is based on Rupert Murdoch. The other was drawn from research into sociopaths and serial killers. Who needs to invent monsters when their are so many real-life examples to draw from?

Describe the hero in your current WIP in three words.

Haunted, passionate, resourceful.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Please move on to the next writer in the circle, the lovely and talented Susan Peterson Wisnewski: http://spwwrites.com/blog


  1. Resourceful-like McGyver? Who doesn't love a man who's good with his hands? (nudge, wink)

  2. Not quite like McGyver. More like Christian Grey with a curse and armoires filled with period clothes for role-playing.

  3. And that resolution can be a bitch sometimes!

  4. I want to read the story with the character based on Rupert Murdoch!

  5. That would be The Tin Man, my political thriller, which comes out August 30. Rupert plays himself, basically, only with a few shades of difference and some very dark family secrets. It's a cautionary tale about the dangers of failing to think for yourself and media conglomeration. Only sexy! Not Rupert's character. He's one of the villains.

  6. I love the description of your Hero! I am so intrigued!

  7. Oh, what a hero! He sounds very much like a guy I'd like to meet ;)

  8. If they ever looked into my computer history I'm pretty sure they would lock me up for my sick obsession with serial killers :) Great blog!!!


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