Sandwich Lady, here (AKA Margo L. Dill). I am happy to participate in The Writing Process blog tour AND reveal the book cover and release of my latest novel, Caught Between Two Curses (young adult, light paranormal, baseball novel). So, here’s my book cover (obviously) and here’s the info below about The Writing Process.
Thank you to Julia Platt Leonard who invited me to answer these four questions about my writing process. Julia is the author of a very exciting middle-grade novel (perfect for boys who love action!), Cold Case. If you’re wondering if Julia is writing a sequel and how she goes about writing books, check out her post here.
Question 1: What are you working on?
Besides all the marketing that comes with a new book coming out (March 18–Caught Between Two Curses will be here!), I am writing a YA novel about a community shooting, and I am trying to find an agent. . .I have a middle-grade novel, humorous mystery about a boy who has a trophy stolen,that I have finished and am hoping to snag an agent with. I would also like to write another book about a curse and create a series, so I’ve been researching some curses.
Question 2: How does your work differ from others in its genre?
Great question! I’ll focus on my current release. Caught Between Two Curses, which is light paranormal young adult chic lit, is different because I recognize the fact that girls like sports or can learn to like sports as much as boys. I also take a bit of real history (the Chicago Cubs Curse of the Billy Goat) and add some made-up paranormal elements (a family curse) to create a fun, sometimes tension-filled, humorous look at one summer of a teenage girl’s life. ALSO, my teenagers are pretty clean–that doesn’t mean they aren’t real–but they aren’t doing drugs, being crappy to their friends, stealing cars, breaking into casinos, etc. This is a book I would let my daughter read WHEN she’s a teen!
Question 3: Why do I write what I do?
I am a bit all over the place in what I write. Finding My Place: One Girl’s Strength at Vicksburg is a historical fiction novel set in the U.S. Civil War. Caught Between Two Curses is a contemporary novel set in Chicago, IL. So. . .I just write the story that’s in my mind at the time. I hope that it entertains readers and touches people in some way. Mostly, I write the type of books I liked to read when I was young–and still do!
Question 4: How does your writing process work?
I’ve never had a set schedule because it seems like life just haven’t allowed me to do this. What I try to do is set goals–like I’ve done a version of NaNoWriMo to get novels started and mostly completed the last two years. I have a critique group whom I try to turn sections in to each month. Then I write when I get a chance. I am best in the morning, but I also stay home with my 3-year-old, so mornings aren’t always available. I usually have some idea where the story is going, but I don’t outline. I keep track of characters and plot developments and upcoming ideas using OneNote, and it has been working great to keep me on track!
Who else is participating?
I’m lucky enough that I have two wonderful bloggers who have agreed to keep The Writing Process blog tour going!
Cathy C. Hall is a humor and children’s writer. She is also a fellow team member at WOW! Women On Writing. Cathy has a clever and cute blog at http://c-c-hall.com/.
Donna Volkenannt is the first-place winner of the 2012 Erma Bombeck Global Humor Writing Award and has hundreds of published stories, reviews, essays, poems, articles, and contest wins. She has a wonderful blog, full of information for writers and readers at Donna’s Book Pub.
Donna and Cathy will blog about their writing process next Monday!