Recently I was asked by fellow blogger Lisa Gouldy, to join her in a Blog Tour. The idea behind a blog tour is to expose readers to new writers and to share information about their writing life. I have done one before and decided to jump right in.
Lisa and I met in a young adult writing class at the Hugo House last spring. When she introduced her book RELIVE, I was hooked. I can’t wait for her book to be published because I love the storyline’s unique twist on classic time travel. In her book, RELIVE, everyone can travel through time to the future, where they can watch recordings of their lives to see how the choices they’re planning to make will turn out. If they don’t like what they see, they can make different choices.
Lisa is an attorney by day and aspiring young adult novelist by night. Her blog Planning for Sun shares stories of her adventures as an aspiring novelist, experimental cook, and novice gardener who is always chasing the sun.
BLOG TOUR QUESTIONS ON MY WRITING LIFE:
What am I currently working on?
My heart is in YA right now and my current novel is a story of a young woman’s journey through a post-apocalyptic world.
“Dylan wakes in a post-apocalyptic world where a majority of the human species have died. With no friends or family left alive in her small town in central Washington, Dylan embarks on a challenging journey across the state in search of her sister, her strength and ultimately her future.”
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Often post-apocalyptic titles take place quite some time following the event that has changed the landscape and political structure of the world. My novel bridges that gap between the two and carries with it the memories and the intensity of this transition.
Why do I write what I do?
I write what inspires me.
How does your writing process work?
The writing process for me is like much of my life right now, a little crazy and haphazard. Because of my schedule, there are days I hold up in a coffee shop and write twenty minutes, days I carve out whatever it takes to finish off a chapter or an idea, an occasional day where I sneak away and never stop writing and there are days that I don’t write at all. But I always have a vision or an end in mind that I know I will get to. I know it might take time (my first book took me 10 years) but I also know that I will eventually get there.
Also, when I write, it’s not from beginning to end. I tend to write scenes and ideas that are vivid in my mind, in a nonlinear fashion, and then over time bring them together like a puzzle.
JOINING THE BLOG TOUR…
I’d like to introduce you to author and blogger Abigail Carter. I met Abigail at a book reading of her first book, The Alchemy of Loss: A Young Widow’s Transformation.
The Alchemy of Loss: A Young Widow’s Transformation, is Abigail Carter’s memoir written about the four years after her husband’s death in the World Trade Center. She also self published the novel Remember the Moon, which is a husband’s attempt to reach out to his wife and son from the afterlife and the lessons about life they all learn along the way.
I met Jenny seven years ago. A mutual friend realized we were both writing books and said that we HAD to meet. We have been writing together on Thursday mornings ever since. Jenny inspires me by keeping me accountable with my writing, but also with her fearless ability to express what needs to be out there. She blogs from the heart in her www.heartwriter.com blog every Monday. And she encourages mothers, and others, to “refill their cup” in her www.mamaneedsarefill.com blog. She is a life coach, retreat leader, writer, teacher at Seattle Life Coach Training and mother of two, and is a passionate, funny and inspiring writer. Check her out.
I am excited to introduce Ethan Reid. I met Ethan at the Northwest Writer’s Conference many years ago and had the pleasure of reading through a first draft of one of his books. I can’t wait to buy a copy of his new novel The Undying, which will be released this October.
In this riveting apocalyptic thriller, a mysterious event plunges Paris into darkness and a young American must lead her friends to safety—and escape the ravenous undying who now roam the crumbling city.
Advance praise for Ethan Reid’s The Undying:
“The writing is superb. The tension never stops. Keep the doors locked and the lights on—Ethan Reid is the new voice of horror you’ve been waiting for.” — Graham Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Eden Prophecy.
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