I’m sharing cake and coffee with JM Kelley as her Friday Featured Author. Please drop by to share a slice and a sip.
Welcome to the continuing Writing Process Blog Tour where authors are invited to answer the same four questions. Wonder if there’s any common ground? My thanks to Charlotte Copper who invited me to join the tour group.
What am I working on?
I’ve just finished a blog tour for my second story in the Clarence Bay Chronicles, Sight for Sore Eyes.
Emma Finn has had enough of life-altering changes. Stability is all she wants right now, no matter how boring. Ophthalmologist Asher Stockdale wants her to dust off her old dream of globe-trotting photographer, no matter the cost to his new dream of home, family and small town life. Carpenter ants, a rescued Pirate, and a pair of scheming seniors help Emma and Asher to see what really lies before their eyes.
By the way, the Tasty Tours blog contest is still open. If you comment on one the blogs, you can win a $10 gift certificate. You can also enter to win one of two print copies of Sight for Sore Eyes.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I write Romantic Women’s Fiction. That’s contemporary stories of real people dealing with real life issues, just like you and I; families, jobs, personal growth, and romance. To further reflect real life, I add multiple generations. For example, in Sight for Sore Eyes, a pair of scheming seniors have matchmaking on their minds. Jean is the heroine Emma’s grandmother and Horace is the hero Asher’s grandfather. Little do Jean and Horace know, they’re about to get caught in their own trap.
Why do I write what I do?
Like many authors, I started writing because I couldn’t find a story that truly pleased me, so I wrote my own. 😉 I write multiple plot lines because I’m fascinated but the intertwining of events; how a slight bump in the road can turn into a major detour. I’d like my readers to take away a smile, perhaps a bit of insight, and a sigh of romance.
How does your writing process work?
With each new story, I first write a backstory document to record the events in each character’s life that has lead them to the opening of the book. I move on to a scene-by-scene outline showing, in two sentences, the events and outcomes of each scene for each plot line in the book. Then I braid the plot lines together to shape the story. Then I start to write. Yep, I’m a plotter.
This year, I’ve started exchanging daily goals with a good friend. It’s a great way to keep track, and stay on track, of all the facets of the writer’s life. Real life is included in our goals as well; e.g., walk the dogs, go to aquafit and yoga, run errands. We exchange high fives for our successes and develop strategies for our problems.
Thank you for stopping by! I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
Your next traveling companions are:
Lynn Cahoon a multi-published romance and mystery author who lives with her husband in a small river town where her mind tends to wander around the depth and experience of small town life and love.
When not imagining far away worlds and scorching hot encounters, Tina Christopher can be found on her sofa working through her never-ending TBR pile or venturing into the real world—whether to a nearby café or a passport-required destination.
Jessica Aspen writes paranormal, twisted fairy-tale romance near the foothills of the Colorado Rockies.
Today, I’m visiting with author Jean Adams at Adventures in Authorland. I talk about when I decided I was a writer and I have some advice for new writers, though it applies to all writers. I should listen to myself. 😉
Have you ever gone Down Under? Do you have a must-visit destination for me?
I’ve run away from impending winter to visit with Carol Kilgore Under The Tiki Hut. Join us for an umbrella drink and share you favourite book-related memory.
My second time on the USA TODAY HAPPY EVER AFTER blog where I reveal my three favourite no-excuses-needed desserts! YUM!
Author interview with the lovely Jo-Ann Carson where I talk about the three people I’d spend the day with if I were Queen of the Universe.
What person, place, and thing do wish you had with you right now?
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Now I’m thrilled to introduce my first Guest Blogger, Lynn Cahoon.
Here’s Lauren first letter to Cathy.
So, I’m Lauren Simpson, mother of Emma, champion of Organic Gardening, and dreamer of big dreams. I’m also a college student, adjunct instructor at the same university, and, most oddly, I’m dating again. Something I said I wouldn’t do – at least until after Emma was grown. Of course Miles would say we’re just getting to know each other. He is the calm to my turbulent storm.
I’m a relative new comer to Boise Idaho. I grew up in a middle sized town in the middle of Illinois, in the middle of the country. I’d probably still be there – stuck in the middle (you can finish singing the line) – if not for Jack. Meeting him and losing him too soon. And the fact a car accident took my parents when I was sixteen. Of course, at the time, none of these things felt like destiny. More like lightning bolts to my heart. Anyway, they all pieced together to bring Emma and I 1600 miles away from the only place I’d lived, to a home I knew at first sight, I’d never want to leave.
The farm Gramps lives on is technically south of Nampa, west of Kuna, north of Melba, and, smack dab nowhere. I’m so lucky he asked us to move to ‘help’ him, although he seems to be doing most of the hard lifting. But we are in the country. No running to the store for something for dinner. No fast food in walking distance. No traffic. And best of all, no neighbors arguing late at night when they returned home from the bar. Let’s just say I didn’t live in the best neighborhood before I moved.
Here, Emma can run through alfalfa fields, pick berries from the garden, and since she met the Hamilton kids, ride. Gramps has put her on Starshine, his old mare, a couple times now. He keeps a good eye on her when she’s riding. He says she’s becoming quite the horsewoman and should be ready to ride in the rodeo parade next July during The Snake River Stampede. She swears she’d going to be rodeo queen when she’s in high school. Miles’ sister was big into queen contests as a kid, so you can guess who’s been putting ideas in my daughter’s head. I don’t really mind. I guess a girl could aspire to worse.
The one thing I love best? Late at night, after Emma’s in bed and Gramps is asleep in his recliner in front of the television, I spend some time sitting outside and just watching the stars. The cows seem to know I’m there, and will gather near the fence, hoping I’m going to bring out some oats or hay. And sometimes I do. But mostly, I sit and think and just breath.
Lately I think about Miles while I’m sitting. I’m not convinced yet that he’s ready for the complete package that I’m offering. I know I’m overly protective of Emma, but it’s just been the three of us for so long. I’m not just risking my heart, Emma has a stake in this too. And I kid you not, the girl has jumped into the Hamilton family feet first. She even likes the twins.
So what else do you want to know? What’s Canada like? I’m dying to travel someday. But with me and Emma in school, that dream will have to wait.
To see Cathy’s reply, pop over to Lynn’s place and Meet the Neighbors. Don’t forget to enter the contest to win a print copy of ABOVE SCANDAL.
Lynn’s Book Blurb
Lauren is headed back to school, this time not as a fun loving coed but to achieve her dream of turning the family farm into Idaho’s first Heritage Seed Center. Selling organic produce at the local farmers market, she meets Miles. After an unexpected act of kindness toward her daughter, Lauren agrees to one date.
As a VP and heir apparent to HN Seeds, the family business, Miles unknowingly holds the future of Lauren’s farm in his hands. Lauren’s looking for anything but a romance. She’s got too much on her plate to risk the distraction. But he plays the one card Lauren can’t resist, family. Miles needs Lauren and her daughter to feel at home. And Lauren needs Miles and his large extended family more than she knows. But can she forgive the one betrayal that would ruin all of her plans for the future?
Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters, modern cowboys, or hot doctors, sexy in scrubs. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want. She blogs at her website www.lynncahoon.wordpress.com
© Lynn Cahoon, 2013