A friend,Rachel — http://rachelcarrera.wordpress.com/ — recently invited me to participate in a blog tour, which calls for me to answer four questions about my writing and to invite three fellow bloggers to do the same next week. Sadly, I only had one taker — http://londryfairy.wordpress.com/ — but I am extremely happy she volunteered to participate. Her interview is scheduled to appear on her blog a week from today (Monday, May 26). Thank you, Rachel, for inviting me to participate. 🙂
Here are the answers to my blog tour questions …
1. What am I working on at the moment?
I am working on two things at the moment. I have been writing a series of poems about technology and how it has changed society. The idea stems from a video I saw on Facebook entitled “Look Up” — http://blog.petflow.com/a-video-everyone-needs-to-see/ — which really spoke to me and compelled me to write 13 poems so far (the final two are forthcoming) entitled techn(elegy), parts i-xiii. The title obviously is a combination of the words technology and elegy. The poems are raw, honest and unapologetic. I’ve asked myself a lot of questions regarding the desensitization of society as a result of technology and the negative effects it has on the economy as far as the outsourcing of jobs and whatnot. The last two poems are by far the darkest of the series. I already know what I want to write, but I haven’t had time in the past couple of days because of a busy work schedule. If you’re interested, here are the links to the first 13 poems:
I am also working on a novel, Blindsided, which I started writing in 2009 and picked up again this year. It started out purely as a mystery novel, but when I decided to work on it again this year, I took it in a bit of a different direction. There still is a murder at the heart of it — the victim is a high school football coach — but only to bring two people together who normally wouldn’t be anywhere near each other. It’s about a sassy female sports writer and the boss she refers to as “Dickhead.” I was a sports writer for 11 years and had one boss I actually called Dickhead (not to his face) because he had no people skills whatsoever and he was just horrible. But I decided to turn him into a good guy with morals under the brusque exterior. There is quite a bit of humor with some very serious overtones. I’m in the middle of writing Chapter 18. If you’re interested, here are the links to the first 17 chapters:
I’m always interested in feedback, so let me know what you think if you decide to give it a read. It’s more of a bucket list thing for me because I have a short attention span and wanted to see if I could actually finish a novel. Regardless, it’s been a lot of fun to write.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I suppose my work is more of a character study than a whodunit, but other than that, I haven’t really thought about how it differs. There are plenty of murder mysteries with humor and budding romances out there. I suppose mine is different because if the characters do get involved, I won’t be going into detail about what goes on in the bedroom. I think there are many writers who concentrate too much on the sex parts without ever really developing the characters and peeling back all of their layers. I’m more interested in that, but as we all know, sex is what sells on the market. I am a romance novel junkie, don’t get me wrong, so I’m not knocking the genre. I just want to leave something to the imagination as far as my own writing. I love the interaction between my characters. I’ve spent many hours giggling maniacally as I’ve written the dialogue in their scenes. Another difference is that I’m writing in present tense (unless I’m writing flashback scenes, etc.).
3. Why do I write what I do?
My motto is — and I’m sure you’ve heard this before — to write what I know. I know the newspaper industry well — especially reporters — so that’s a no-brainer for me. The media gets bashed quite a bit, but contrary to popular belief, we DO care, we DO have feelings and most of us DO have a conscience. But you have to develop thick skin fast, or you won’t last long in this business. You cannot be biased in any way, else no one ever will trust you. And you have to be honest. Trust me when I say no one is harder on me than me. Most reporters are the same way. We’re a poor lot. We’re not in it for the money. We do it because we love it. So I suppose I just wanted to give people insight into the newspaper industry that humanizes us a little bit more. People trash the media all the time, but let them try to do our jobs for one day and I guarantee you they’ll never bitch again when they experience firsthand all the scrutiny and criticism we endure on a daily basis. It’s an endless, thankless job, but someone has to do it. News never stops, either, so most of us don’t have much of a life because we’re always on the go. It takes a special person to do it, that’s for sure.
4. How does my writing process work?
This is another question I haven’t given much thought, but I’ll try anyway. I don’t do outlines or plotting or any of that other stuff. They confine me when all I want to do is just write, so I do. I usually know what I want to write or where I want to go in each chapter, so that’s never a problem for me. Sometimes, I have to mull things over before I start writing. The chapter I’m working on now has required a lot of thought, but it’s getting there. Everything else is butter once I get through the chapter, although I still haven’t decided who is going to be my murderer. Or murderers. 😉
Thank you again for visiting my blog and to Rachel for including me in the tour.