Monday, April 14, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour

I want to thank Robert DeBurgh for inviting me to join the My Writing Process Blog Tour. Robert learned to fly at the age of fifteen and has over twenty thousand hours of flight time. He has been a flight instructor, cargo pilot, mail pilot, bush pilot, mercenary fighter pilot and has served as captain for three airlines. As a professional pilot, DeBurgh has flown in the US, the Caribbean, Central and South America and Africa. He has served as captain for three overseas airlines and for seventeen years served his country in the capacity of a pilot examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration until his retirement. As an author, he has written aviation articles and stories for various publications and has written many science fiction and fantasy short stories, was a columnist for two newspapers and associate editor for “American Roadracing Magazine.” At the present time he writes articles for “Indian Aviation Magazine” and several US magazines and is the author of the widely acclaimed novels, "Riders of the Wind" and "Winds of Fate". In each of these novels DeBurgh has woven a tale of high adventure set against an accurate background of actual historical events. His new novel, The "Winds of Kunlun Shan", due to be released in the autumn of 2014, is the third book in the Riders of the Wind series. Riders of the Wind (Universal link) Winds of Fate (Universal link)


 1)  What am I working on?

I'm currently working on two major projects, a romance which is now in the hands of the editors (shudder, shudder); and a legal thriller introducing a new series with Assistant DA Jenna James. Hopefully both will be released later this year. After finishing this project I have a paranormal romantic suspense in the works as well as six novellas and one full-length novel for the Catherine Mans Psychic Suspense series.  Exciting! Lots of hours at the computer ahead for me this year.

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I think you could take a thousand authors and give them the same story to write and each would be unique. My writing is interspersed with my own style, words and emotions. Although mysteries have the same general themes of good guys/bad guys, my good guys and bad guys will be different than anyone else's. My years with the judicial system and working with law enforcement allow me an insight into both areas that carries over into my work.  I love character driven fiction and truthfully once the characters are developed they tell the stories.

3.  Why do I write what I do?

A question I’ve been asked before and it's one that’s sometimes difficult to answer. I love all things mysterious and things that make me think outside the norm. I’ve always loved puzzles and cryptograms. I love analyzing dreams. My metaphysical studies into psychics, hypnosis, dream analysis, touch healing and natural herbal remedies added a new element to my love of mysteries. By combing the two, mystery and metaphysical, I felt I could write a more entertaining story as well as offer some research and facts into the metaphysical areas that I’ve found beneficial.

4.  How does my writing process work?

With a lot of blank pages staring at me.  Just kidding.  With me every book is different. Sometimes I have nothing more than a title that begs to tell a story. Sometimes it’s a character who wants their story told. I’ve often wished I could sit down and do an outline and follow it, but that never works for me. My first draft is usually my outline. It tells the story from A to Z. From there I go back and read and rewrite putting in the facts, geography, fluff as we sometimes call it, until the story is complete. I can spend hours upon hours of computer research for a simple paragraph in order to make sure the facts are correct. I love writing early in the morning and late at night. In the mornings my mind is fresh and perhaps I’ve dreamed a scene I really want to get down on paper. In the evenings my mind is filled with real life emotions, feelings, problems and accomplishments which I can relate to the different characters.

Who's Up Next?

These three amazing authors will be posting on April 21st.

M. A. Comley

Mel Comley is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling British author living in France. A wonderful person on top of being a bestselling author, Mel is very involved in animal rights. She has a witty sense of humor and keeps you entertained.  She has had an exciting career, and I can say from personal knowledge, writes page-turners that will keep you up late at night.  Not for the squeamish, but if you're a fan of TV shows like Criminal Minds, 24, NCIS, and love police procedurals, you're going to love the Justice Series and the Intention Series. Visit her on Facebook at:  Mel Comley and Friends. If you're on twitter drop her a line.  Stop by her blog.  Or visit her website.

Jeff Brackett

Jeff was destined for storytelling. A father whose daredevil adventures personified the rebellious preacher's son, a Choctow mother, and a veritable cast of characters in the family made for lots of "Did you hear about?" stories, as well as inevitable oral histories.

Jeff has been influenced by martial arts, trigonometry, Star Wars and yes, ice cream. His wife is a huge fan of J. D. Robb, and he listens to her for adding "spice" to his novels. (Smart guy).

Jeff and his family live somewhere near Houston, Texas, with two "goggers", three kids, one grandchild a cat name Dead Tehya. (I'll bet there's a story in there somewhere).

Visit Jeff on Facebook, Twitter or stop by his blog and website.

Darlene Franklin-Campbell

A fellow Kentucky author, and fabulous person. Darlene grew up in a family of storytellers. Her father taught her that stories frame our existence. They tie together ancestors and one to another. They help you find your place in this world.

Darlene believes everyone has a story to tell, and books--well, books are magic. They have power to transcend time, space and culture.

I've had the wonderful opportunity to hear Darlene read, and if you love stories told with a bit of magical humor and reality, then you definitely want to connect with Darlene.

Visit Darlene on Facebook, or stop by her website or blog, and check out her wonderful books.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Mystery, Fun and Books

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