Welcome to the Romance Weekly blog hop! Thanks to awesome Amy Jarecki, author of Beauty and the Barbarian for the hand-off. And to the fabulous Jami Denise, author of The Queen of Hearts for this week’s 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?
My process is still under construction. I cannot write more than about three chapters without having some sort of blueprint, like a plot outline. This bothers me because I’d love to be able to write organically. I admire the authors that do and their trust and total connection to the Great Whammy Dammy. I’m just not there. From my acting experience (and numerous devotions to thespian gods Sanford Meisner & Uta Hagen) ‘natural’ comes about with disciplined daily practice of working with those building blocks, the voice, the body, the imagination. It’s a transferable skill and approach that I apply to writing and boils down to: concentrate on the craft. SO even though the story may change/shift (read: improve) in the process, now I always plot from start to finish before I write. It saves tears.
How do the people you know impact your writing? Are you influenced by friends and family for your characters?
I draw from the people I know in two ways: 1) for coloring my characters. You know shades and slivers, texture and tone. But it’s never a portrait. Otherwise I wouldn’t have as much control over my characters. It’s more like a point of departure. Tukie Cohen, the aging hippie godmother in Stolen Kiss was originally inspired by a dear friend. The only thing they have in common now is long strawberry blonde hair and a penchant for the occult. Otherwise they are very different people. Tukie, like all characters once they’re fully formed, has a mind of her own. 2) by adding to my personal aquifer of observations of humanity. All the wonderfully diverse crazy and serious people I’ve known help me tap into believable actions and reactions.
Describe the hero in your current WIP in three words.
Matt Beaumont – devoted, sensual, lumberjack (he’s not a lumberjack, that’s just how the heroine sees him)
Augustus (Gus) MacIsaac – passionate, faithful, wounded
(Yes, this is a picture of Jake Gyllenhaal)
Follow me. I’m going to check out how Veronica Forand answered these questions. This is Veronica’s first appearance on the Romance Weekly blog hop and we’re excited to have her. She just sold three romantic thrillers to Entangled Publishing and her first sweet and sexy novella, Tackled by the Girl Next Door comes out with Wild Rose Press this October (in time for football season):