Hey, everyone, this post will be a little different than my normal posting because I am taking part in a “Speculative Fiction Blog Hop.” Basically a blog hop is when a group of people with blogs link their posts together on a common topic so readers can hop from blog to blog reading the various posts.
If you came here directly, then you missed the previous post in the blog hop, which was by Ceinwen Langley. She has contributed short stories to Birdee, an online magazine for young women, and has taught and spoken at universities and high schools. She spends her spare time trying to grow European wildflowers in a West Australian climate and taking pictures of her dog with things on his head. You can find out more about Ceinwen on her blog: www.ceinwenlangley.com.
This one is done in a pseudo-interview format. So without further ado, here is my post in the blog hop of doom! Er, I mean in the Speculative Fiction Writing Process Blog Hop:
What am I working on now?
I am currently working on The Sac’a’rith: Rebirth. That is volume seven in my current series. The Sac’a’rith: Rebirth is the continuation of the second major arch in my ongoing series, the Lost Tales of Power. That book will return to the characters that were featured in volume five and had a small cameo in volume six.
Following that book will be the much-anticipated volume eight which has not yet been announced, has no working title, nor have I picked a storyline for it yet, but everyone is on the edge of their seats waiting for it. I understand several people have already started camping Amazon.com in anticipation. If you see them, please give them some ice water. I understand it can get hot in the rainforest.
I have several plots that I am thinking of for volume eight, and there is an extremely strong possibility of it being a third major arch for the series. I am leaning towards opening a new realm, which means nothing to you unless you have read the books, but if you had then you likely just got excited for real. Or maybe you are throwing stuff at my picture on your wall right now in frustration that I am adding more threads and have not finished up the old ones yet. Either way, it is a very emotional event.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
Well first off, I wrote it. That makes it different already because there is no one out there that is like me. Not that anyone would want to be, mind you, but even if they were silly enough to want to be, they can’t because I am the only me that will ever be!
Second, I blend fantasy and science fiction together along with both primitive and futuristic worlds. All the science in the books is at least vaguely plausible based on my understanding and research. Even the magic system is based on my understanding of real world physics and current theories of matter and energy.
I guess the best way to say it is I weave science, fantasy, and clean story-telling together to create a unique and entertaining experience.
Why do you write what you write?
Some authors write to market. That is, they look at what is selling right now and write books that fit in that mold. It is a great plan, and I know many authors are successful in following that plan, but honestly I could not tell you what the current trends are in the marketplace right now. Maybe what I am writing is a current or future market trend. That could be cool, but I do not write to market, and I do not think I ever will.
Instead, I write what I love to read. I do not want to read Vogon Poetry so I do not write that. I do not want to read political commentaries, so I do not write that. What I enjoy reading are stories about good people fighting for good causes and doing it with lightning bolts and space ships. I want to read about dragons defending gates to space stations. I want to be lost in the adventure and caught up in the struggle. So that is what I write.
How does your writing process work?
So, um, are you saying I should have a process? Because I was not warned I would need to create a process before this blog interview. Okay, well, I will wing it then. So, um, yeah, here is my process:
Step 1) Disconnect from Internet and turn off all devices
Step 2) Use a whiteboard to mind map out the entire series
Step 3) Convert mind map into a high level outline
Step 4) Expand outline so that it has four major points, and each major point has four to eight sub points
Step 5) Take each sub point, and expand it into a summary of a chapter
Step 6) Take each summary and expand it into a full chapter
Step 7) Assemble all the parts into a book, and format cleanly
So yeah, that’s a good process. I do not actually do any of that, but it sounds better if I say I did all that. If I tell you the truth, which basically just negates every one of those points, then you might think I am some ‘fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants’ author instead of the highly refined erudite that I am. So let’s not go there and just pretend that is my real process.
I mean, could you really take an author seriously if he told you he has no idea how his current book is going to end, or what characters survive? No, of course not. So we will just keep this fact to ourselves. *wink*
Next week be sure to check out the next stop in the hop: Sheila Guthrie’s blog. She writes various types of speculative fiction under the pen names Griffin Carmichael and Anne McKinley. When she isn’t writing or working on other tasks related to publishing, she is gardening, taking care of two dogs, a cat, and six chickens, and being a mother to three fine young men.
She also tries to find time to read, surf the Internet, do some crafting, and inform the world about her nefarious plans to take over the world at http://newsfromsheilasworld.blogspot.com. (She tells me that’s not exactly true, but I think there is more to her blog than she lets on!)
P.S. This blog hop has been going on a long time, and no one is sure where and when it started anymore, but Jessica Rydill has assembled a list of some of the stops in the hop over on her site. You can check it out here: http://livinginthemaniototo.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/speculative-fiction-blog-hop-new-and.html