Thank you Larisa Villar Hauser for asking me to join the Writing Process Blog Tour – and apologies for being a day late .[ I blame the Easter Hare]
1. What am I working on?
Regency tomboy Georgiana has to deal with an over-ambitious mother, a twin brother who wants to run away to sea – and gargoyles that speak to her. There are shipwrecks and a greedy Mayor, not to mention The Myrmidons.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I don’t think there are many Jane Austen era stories involving living stone. I could be wrong.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I love history – and I relish the freedom that fantasy gives me to play with ideas. I can get close to the emotional bone and yet shields myself from certain triggers. It’s a way of getting a necessary protective distance from the underlying themes – sometimes quite serious beneath all the adventure and escapades.
Besides, I could no more write realistic contemporary drama than knit my own sandals from lentils.
4. How does my writing process work?
On a good day, it means rolling out of bed with new ideas champing at the bit to be off. They sidle and yearn to gallop off in the shower. I hold them back just long enough to open my yWriter5 project – and then they’re off. I have to type like a mad thing to keep up – over the course I have already drawn up.
There are hurdles and water features and ditches ready for me and my characters to tackle. We fly over them all and I have no idea what time it is. Some of the best moments come from unexpected detours – and my poor husband and house are neglected.
On a bad day, I have a swaybacked old nag of an imagination which won’t go anywhere. Stupidly, I look round – on Twitter and so forth. Everyone else is cantering to the finish line before I’ve got one hoof lifted from the turf. I sulk, convinced that I am too old/too weird/ too boring/too cliched – whichever is my maunge of choice.
I still try to get some sentences down, though – even if it takes a crack or two of the whip. You can edit rubbish. You can’t edit a blank screen.
EMPTY SPACE ALERT
Insert neat head shots and short appealing bios of other writers here.
Bother, I haven’t got any – everyone else seems to have done it/been nabbed already – unless YOU know otherwise!