My writing process
The Blog Tour
Thanks to my friend and fellow author Lynn Hooghiemstra for inviting me to participate in this new blog tour. It’s like a virtual studio open house tour. I’ve not yet met Lynn in person, but we exchange emails and experiences and have read and reviewed each other’s work…. Favourably I would add! Please visit Lynn's blog to view her writing process at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6426879.E_Lynn_Hooghiemstra/blog
This is my contribution to the tour.
WHAT AM I CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
I’m currently writing the third in the Temporal Detective Agency series, which takes the Agency to America. Though having said that I’m still promoting the first book (Leap of Faith)
with signings and library visits, and have just finished edit approval and artwork sign-ff for the second book (Trouble With Swords) which comes out on 9th August. I’m also working on ideas for the fourth and fifth book, which is scheduled to be a celebrity cook book. You’ll have to read the other books in the series to find out why that is!
HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?
The easy answer would be that there are no vampires, werewolves, or zombies in my YA adventure books. The Temporal Detective Agency series is a set of pure fantasy detective adventures told with humour by Tertia, one of the Agency’s main people. Many YA books try to follow the major success stories, such as the Harry Potter books and The Hunger Games series. I’m not trying to cash in on a tried and tested formula, but rather create something new that people of all ages will enjoy.
HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS WORK?
I only wish I had a process. I get sidetracked easily because I actually enjoy those aspects that most authors hate. I love talking to independent bookshops and arranging signings and stock holdings. I love signing sessions, even though not as many people turn up as you hope (often the case!).
I have to admit that I may go for three months or so without doing anything to my Work In Progress, but after that I’ll put in four to five hours a day until it’s finished.
I always write in my study, a surprisingly large room with a sofa, desk and swivel chair, stereo system and wide screen TV. I sit on the sofa and tap away on my laptop, a Dell Studio 13” XPS. It’s a lovely compact keyboard and the whole machine is small enough to be handy for train journeys and flights.
I work out plots and free up idea logjams usually when I’m out walking with my cocker spaniel. We used to walk for miles along the Gower Peninsular, but he’s too old to go too far now, so we walk round the garden and make things happen in a civilized way.
Leap of Faith is available in most good bookshops and on Amazon as both an eBook and paperback on:-
Trouble With Swords will be released by Crooked Cat Publishing on 9th August.
And now I hand you off to another one of my writing friends, Richard Frankland, author of the Ian Vaughan thriller adventure series. Please visit him on