Fellow author Marie Lavender has invited me on a Blog Hop. She answered the following questions, “tagged” me and two other authors. Here is her original post.
After my post, I will tag three authors as well to spread the love. They in turn will tag three authors and link back to this post. If anybody else would like to get involved please join in and tag my post to keep the chain going!
Here are my answers to the blog hop questions:
1. What am I working on?
I am currently just over half-way through my second novel, which is my first proper delve into science fiction. As per most of my stuff it is rather silly, fast paced and full of twists and turns. It is the story of an unfortunate soul, who hates his life and any interaction he has with society. His life takes a turn for the even worse when he accidentally starts an intergalactic war, becoming both a war hero and the most wanted man in the universe.
At the same time I’m working on a few short stories related to my novel “In That Other Dimension,” the first of which I’m hoping to release as an ebook pretty soon!
2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I’m told it’s wackier. I love Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, and that is the genre I write in. Douglas Adams was clearly barmy, and I’m in the same cul-de-sac.
The main reason it is different though is that it is very me. In fact, many of my friends who have read my book have said they can almost hear me reading it out loud. I love to relate back to childhood memories, and twist bits of my own interests and personality into my writing. This is why cake dragons and teenage spots are so influential.
I also have a slightly wicked streak, which comes out now and again.
3. Why do I write what I do?
It makes me laugh, simple as that. Yes, I’m not ashamed to say, that my own stories make me laugh. To be fair though, if I didn’t find them funny then who would?!
I genuinely do enjoy to write as a pastime, and to share that with others and hear that they have found it funny makes it even more enjoyable.
I also love to be very creative and come up with concepts and settings and twists that are out of the ordinary. Writing inter-dimensional fantasy, or inter-galactic sci-fi gives me all the freedom in the world to do that.
4. How does my writing process work?
Well mainly, I just write!
I don’t really have a process. I don’t plan anything, I make it up as I go along. I might from time to time plan a few chapters ahead, you do need to have little targets and events you are aiming for but generally it takes a while until I actually know what is going to happen. In fact, I’ve just got to the point in my current WIP where I can see how the storylines are starting to mingle back together.
I guess the reason I write like this is because I prefer to know my characters. Instead of aiming for a plot event I prefer to think what would Carlos do in this situation? And that’s what he does.
In terms of actual physical writing, I do it in the Library of Birmingham at lunchtimes!
So there’s my contribution to this blog hop. I hope the blog hop reaches far and wide, and a lot of authors can connect. Thank you, Marie (below), for choosing me.
Marie Lavender is a romance author and a regular blogger, very active and supportive in author circles. Please check out Marie’s blog.
She has many books, seen below.
And, of course, here are my books:
Written as Marie Lavender:
Written as Erica Sutherhome:
Written as Kathryn Layne:
Written as Heather Crouse:
And now to the authors I have invited to partake in this blog hop.
The first is Megan Cyrulewski, whose memoir Who Am I? How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again will be published on August 2nd by Black Opal Books. She is also working on her first work of fiction, a legal thriller.
Please go and find out more about Megan on her website, http://www.megancyrulewski.com/
The second is Dr Shay West, a science fiction writer with many books available to read.
You can find out more about Shay’s work on http://shay-west.com/
An my final linked author is Dan Bracewell, who writes historical fiction.
He recently got his short story ‘Pool Sharks’ published in Tales of the Talisman
You can find out more about his writing on Dan’s blog site, http://danbracewell.wordpress.com/
And that brings me to the end of my blog tour, thanks for reading (if you’re still here!)
My off-the wall fantasy “In That Other Dimension” can be found here or on an Amazon site nearer to your home!