Andrea Buginsky has graciously invited me to participate in a My Writing Process Blog Tour which takes part on writer’s blogs every Monday and gives readers a chance to find out how writers come up with their ideas. She blogged about this last Monday . Today it’s my turn.
How Does My Writing Process Work?
The writing process – that magical, mystical process writers use to create worlds, stories and characters readers will hopefully love. I could tell you that fully formed stories appear to me in my dreams. I would love that. I really would. Sadly it’s not quite true. Not for me anyway.
I find ideas through conversations with friends, things I see on the internet and in the paper, personal experiences and interests. It’s all grist for the mill. Then when I’ve come up with something I think could be interesting I research it further. I start dreaming up the characters in my mind.
For my Chocolate Series I took a course on Creating A Series with Lisa Wells and created a PowerPoint Bible as well as Pinterest board. For my medical thriller I’ve also got a Power Point Bible and Pinterest board. In all honesty though, I’d have been lost if I hadn’t gone to Thrillerfest last year and received advice from writers such as Michael Palmer, Catherine Coulter and Andrew Gross.
When all goes well words flow from me onto the computer screen. Today I feel as if I should have a piece of paper with a circle for my head reading ‘bang head here.’
You guessed it. The words are not flowing. It could safely be said they’re barely trickling. I know why. I took a month off writing to rest and recharge. And I think that was a good decision. But when I finished the Christmas novella, A Christmas Wedding To Die For , words were rolling out in the thousands daily. And that was besides having a day job.
Now…I actually like what I’ve written. The characters are good the premise is strong, NY agents are interested in it and I’m … Fighting for every word.
What I’m Working On
The truth is I’m feeling scared. My newest work is a medical thriller. This is a change from romance or cozy mysteries. I pitched the book at 60,000 words. Every agent said 80,000. “Just add in another 20,000 words, they all said, another subplot or two.”
It sounded simple but it’s outside my comfort zone. It means more characters, a bigger story, a bigger…everything. And I’m excited. I think it’s an important story…but I’m also scared. So I’m fighting through it.
Part of growth is pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones. In the end it will be worth it. I hope!
A medical thriller, this story revolves around a Nurse Practitioner who suspects her patients are dying of unnatural causes. And she suspects it may be from an Internet drug company.
Before you know it she’s teamed up with an absolutely gorgeous doctor to prove the drug company is behind a string of recent deaths, the medical clinic on Paradise Island has blown up and they’re on the run. Can she trust the good doctor. Or will he double-cross her?
What Makes It Different From Other Thrillers?
The Internet drugs are coming from China and that’s where they’ll have to go to shut it down. Coma was the first medical thriller I ever read and along with thousands of other readers it terrified me. But that was set in a hospital.
This is set on a small island where everyone knows one another. The threat is not from within but from an Internet drug company based in China. The Internet is used by everyone.
At Thrillerfest I sat between a family doctor and a lawyer. Both had clients who used Internet drugs. And already there have been deaths from drugs bought through the Internet.
Why Do I Write What I Write?
This is a thriller that is first and foremost entertaining. For me that’s important. If I wanted to read a textbook I would. When it’s fiction I want to be entertained. But it also raises important issues. Rising medical costs, particularly of drugs make the issue of Internet drugs and how the drugs needed to pay for patient’s treatment are funded, an issue that will affect more and more people and their families, on a deeply personal level. And therein lies a story…
It is my great pleasure to introduce you to the three bloggers who will be following me.
JC McKenzie is the writer of The Carus Chronicles. Her first book, Shift Happens is soon to be released by Wild Rose Press and her website is http://www.jcmckenzie.ca/carus-series.html
Kate Hardy writes Medical Romances and Romance for Mills and Boons from England. Her latest book, Her Real Christmas Family, is dedicated to me for the ‘lightbulb moment’ I inspired and is but one of many she’s written in ten years of writing them. As she says, ‘it’s the best of both worlds as she learns lots of new things when she’s researching the background of a book: add a touch of passion, drama and danger, a new gorgeous hero every time, and it’s the perfect job.’ Her website is http://www.katehardy.com .
USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer St. Giles loves a good story and writes multiple genres proving writers don’t develop split personalities, they get pseudonyms. Her website is http://jenniferstgiles.com/content/