What I Write and Why I Write It, Tag!

What I Write and Why I Write it!

I’ve been tagged by Katie O’Sullivan in this blogging challenge, to answer four questions about my writing and then tag four other writers to do the same.

Katie is a moon mate of mine with Crescent Moon Press. She has some fabulous young adult mermaid stories of the sea I’ve had the privilege to read, as well as a contemporary romance and another paranormal. You can find more about here at her site here: www.katie-osullivan.com.

Now to answer the questions.

What am I working on?
The second book in the Speak of the Devil series, THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT, is set to release July 1, so I’m doing a lot of promo and planning for that.

As far as writing, I’m currently working on a new potential series called 13 Moons. The first book is called CROW MOON, which is a YA/NA paranormal about a mixed race character who, after losing her father, finds herself trying to unravel the secrets of her estranged mother’s family. I’m about a third of the way through this and plan on self-publishing it by the end of the year. The blurb looks something like this at this point:

After Leni loses her father, she’s sent to live with her eccentric aunt out in the country. She wants to go to college and do what her father has always wanted her to, but the mysteries of her estranged mother’s family lead her to start unraveling the secrets long ago lost and hidden away. Will she be able to find out who she really is while living up to her father’s last wishes, or will the powers of the Crow Moon claim her for itself?

How does my writing differ from others of its genre?
I think from the reviews I get that my writing is definitely more on the emotional side than the thinking side. My goal is to make people feel something, whether it’s sorrow or worry or making them laugh with a stupid joke. My writing gets to the heart of emotions. I want them to care because if the reader doesn’t care, what’s to keep them reading to the end?

Why do I write what I do?
I think people should read what they want and write what they want, and contrary to a recent Slate article that said otherwise, I don’t judge. (Okay, that’s not entirely true. I might judge dinosaur erotica or poor writing or offensive, sexist stuff.) I do know, however, what I like. I like the supernatural. I like magic and mystery. I like dark gothic things, so reading normal contemporary romances don’t keep my interest. I like it to mix it up with things out of the ordinary. But as long as people are reading, there should be no shame in it.

How does my writing process work?
However it can. I used to have to have alone time and silence. Now I can write in busy coffee houses or at writers’ retreats with others all around me. My preferred writing condition is to go back to bed after everyone has left the house and bring my laptop with me and write with my dogs lying around me. And I like to write first thing, so I don’t have to feel guilty about not writing yet all day. But lately I find I go write in my room as soon as I get home from work while the kids are playing games. Whatever it takes to get at least 1k words in a day.

Tag! You’re it!

Hildie McQueen

Michelle Helliwell



P.S. If anyone else wants to play along, feel free to grab the questions and tag yourself! Or if you don’t have the time or energy or blog space to do it, I totally understand!

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