Two friends recently asked me about my writing, so I figured a blog post was a good way to catch everybody up on current events.
What am I working on?
On the writing side of things, I’m working on book 2 of the Words of Power series, Stone Adept. This is the story of Rayyan, the woman who changes Tesher’s life.
Their story has taken a long time to come together. Maybe it is book 2 syndrome – the fear of not being able to live up to the magic of book 1. Maybe it is just life and other priorities getting in the way.
Regardless, I’m finishing the outlining and will begin drafting it within the next couple weeks.
On the business side of things, I’m working to get my previously released books out onto different platforms, including Google Play, iBookstore, and Kobo. Those should be available within the next couple weeks also.
How does my writing differ from other books in the same genre?
While I adore stories with lots of adventure and exciting events set in worlds that are far removed from our own, I like to focus my stories on the relationships of the characters – how they grow and change through the course of the story.
In Stone Adept, Tesher is his usual sarcastic, cynical self. He’s comfortable with who he is, until he meets a girl that sees through his sarcasm to the vulnerability beneath. Now he has to find a new way of talking to her, of being around her, if he wants to keep her in his life. I love that interplay in relationships and I strive to explore it in my stories.
Why do I write what I do?
I write science fiction and fantasy stories because I love the “otherness” of space, of different planets and worlds. I like the possibility inherent in the future.
I write about relationships because I’m intrigued by them – who has power in the relationship, who doesn’t, unrequited feelings, subtle hints of interest, will they/won’t they – I want to explore all of that in my stories.
How does my writing process work?
I’m still figuring that out, but I’m definitely a planner and plotter. For longer works, I need to know who my characters are and what will happen in my story before I get started writing. I prefer to have a solid story at the end of the first draft that just needs some revising and polishing, and not something that needs an entire rewrite to make it presentable. I don’t like the feeling of wasting time at the end in the editing stage. So I plan and plot in great detail ahead of time.
For short works, I’ve been experimenting with a more casual approach – getting the idea and basic characters in mind and then starting to write. I think that works for me in the shorter forms because I can hold the entire story in my head easily.
Thanks to R.J. and A.R. for asking about my process!
R.J. Eliason writes science fiction and fantasy. She currently has two books out in her Bear Naked series – Bear Naked
and Wolf Camp. . R.J. described her own answers to these questions here – http://rjeliason.com/the-world-blog-tour/.
A.R. Miller writes contemporary fantasy and has two books out in her Fey Creations series – Disenchanted
and Unenchanted. A.R. gave us her insights into her process here – http://feycreations.com/world-blog-tour/.