The lovely Tracey Alvarez contacted me to participate in a Writing Process Blog Hop. I love talking about my writing and thought this was a great way to connect with readers and other authors. Here is a little blurb on Tracey, check her out and while you are there check out her debut novel!
Tracey lives in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand) with her wonderfully supportive IT guy husband and two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices. When she’s not writing, thinking about writing, or procrastinating about writing, she can be found reading sexy books of all romance genres, nibbling on smuggled chocolate bars or bribing her teens to take over the housework. Find Tracey dodging her muse while chatting on Facebook as www.facebook.com/TraceyAlvarezAuthor or stalking her website at www.traceyalvarez.com
Her first contemporary romance IN TOO DEEP is set on New Zealand’s wild and beautiful, Stewart Island.
And now for a bit about me:
What am I working on?
For years I streamlined myself to work on one project at a time in an attempt to keep my focus pure and fresh. That went out the window when my internal creative muse turned into an ADHD kid off Ritalin: we need to write this! And this! And edit this one! And, oh look, a puppy! I’ve started juggling several projects at once, keeping my main focus on one project and letting the others simmer. I have just finished a major edit on my first contemporary romance, a story involving a social worker in elder services (a former career of mine). I am now torn between working on the second social worker romance, and the sequel for LILA’S CHOICE. After hemming and hawing and letting my internal muse bite her nails far past fashionable, I have picked up the second social worker romance for a quick run through before diving into the sequel for LILA’S CHOICE.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
One thing that makes my work different is having characters with a hearing loss. I am hard of hearing myself, and proud of my hearing loss. My goal is to have a character with a hearing loss in each novel. LILA’S CHOICE has a supporting character who grew up with Deaf parents (a CODA: Child Of Deaf Adults). She ends up dating a Deaf man and works as a teacher for the Deaf, three of her students are characters as well. In my social worker romance I have a few elderly Deaf clients. My second social worker romance has my first Hard of Hearing character: an elderly male who wears hearing aids.
Why do I write what I do?
Why does anyone have a passion? Deep inside I have stories to tell, and a muse nagging at me to get them out. A hopeless romantic I have always been drawn to love stories. I didn’t get the chance to live out many relationships, as I married my high school sweetheart. Perhaps this is my way of playing the field while being faithful? Takes “book boyfriend” to a whole different level!
How does my writing process work?
My writing process has evolved over the years. One thing has remained the same: I prefer absolute silence to write. As a hard of hearing author you might think this makes it easier, it doesn’t. My left ear has a mild loss and is extremely sensitive to surrounding sounds. I have been known to turn my hearing aid to a buzzing noise (t-coil mode for those in the know) just to drown out noise. I now have a young son at home and spend a decent amount of time writing next to the monitor, with him singing, playing, or otherwise causing a ruckus!
Besides silence I am what is known as a pantser: I don’t outline. I tend to get a general idea of where I want my plot to go. I’m constantly thinking of my stories. If I’m driving to work, or in the shower, or otherwise being quiet there is a scene playing itself out in my head. My brain is never off! Once I get enough of a plot planned out I start typing. I don’t always know where I am going, and I need to get the word on the page to find out what comes next. My favorite moment writing LILA’S CHOICE was the climatic scene. It was two am on a Saturday morning, after a long week. I typed the big secret reveal, which led my female to slap my male character. My speedy hands flew over the keyboard, once the period was typed I gasped, then clasped my hands over my mouth. What followed was an overtired author laughing at herself, then running into the other room to tell my husband what I had done.
Be sure to follow the Blog Hop and check out these other lovely authors on March 10:
Vanessa Carnevale is a fiction and freelance writer based in Melbourne, Australia. When she’s not penning a book, reading a book, or writing her next feature article, you can find her sipping on a green smoothie, walking the dog, cleaning the house, meditating under a tree or practicing martial arts.
Stephanie Collier is an author of Gothic Romance stories with endings that tend to be bittersweet. Her debut novel, The Blood of the Black Rose, releases in February, 2014.
She has always immersed herself in other worlds created by talented minds and her love of beautifully crafted words made her branch out at a young age, dreaming up new characters and worlds of her own.
Stephanie currently in resides in Missouri with her loving, supportive husband and amazingly talented four children.