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Thanks for joining in this week. Hardcore Romance writer, Jami Denise, provided the questions for this week's hop. Hope you enjoy.
If this is your first stop on the hop or you're joining from Raine Balkera's blog post, welcome.
First I want to give a shout out about our upcoming Romance Weekly Blog Hop & Giveaway.
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Now to answer Jami's burning questions...
When writing your novel do you know how it’s going to end before you write or do you write from start to finish?
I’ve morphed into an author who writes from start to finish. I started out writing whatever scene popped into my head which sometimes included the ending before I knew all the scenes in the manuscript. But this made for an editing nightmare. I added complexity by figuring out my plot after I had all of these floating pieces written. This method also made edits difficult because I wrote toward an ending instead of toward the plot. Therefore, getting to the ending (filing in the missing pieces) was tedious and made me cry.
Now when I start a new manuscript I start with Chapter One and don’t stop until I get to my final chapter. Frequently, I’m as surprised at the ending as anyone else would be. I can get panicked I won’t have an ending but there’s some magical point where the panic stops and I’ll have the ah-ha moment when I know how to end it. This could be in the middle or it could be two chapters away from the ending. There are rare times when it happens at the beginning say within the first five chapters. Sometime I just say the hell with it and come up with an ending and have faith that I’ll fix it during my edit process.
How do the people you know impact your writing? Are you influenced by friends and family for your characters?
I would say that I’m influenced by everyone I meet! Watch out - you might end up in a book :)
What I do is create composite characters from people I know, friends, family, people I meet while out and about, and also from favorite characters from movies and books. For instance, I have a character I created from a seat mate I had on an airplane a few years back. We had a really great conversation with the usual chit chat people have when forced to sit next to complete strangers. I certainly didn’t know him when the flight was over but an idea formed and I went home and wrote down a premise which turned into a new manuscript.
I people watch, too, and like to snag bits of dialogue here and there I find funny or off the wall. What is great about friends and family is when you have an expert you know personally. They love to talk about their field and then I can create a character with the same profession and not sound like a doofus when describing what they do!
Describe the hero in your current WIP in three words.
I’m editing like mad on Circle of Lies right now, so Raz is the hero on my mind.
Oh my. Raz is.. Sexy, Hot... Did I mention sexy?
Haha.. Well everyone can say this about their romance hero. It’s one of the reasons why we write them.
loyal, extraordinary, and mysterious
Now, onto the next hop. Jami Denise, our question extraordinaire, also follows me this week. Have a blast at her blog. Until next time.