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My Writing Process: Blog Tour


Today is Blog Tour Day! *tosses confetti*  This blog tour is where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process. My lovely friend Lisa Fender posted hers last week. You can check out her unique writing process (she writes novels with her sister Toni!) here: Lisa’s Djen Den

Here’s a little taste into how I do my thang:

1)     What am I working on?

My current WIP is an urban fantasy/murder mystery that is tentatively called The Harvesters. A slew of grisly murders leaves Detectives Eli Robins and Ava Aguilar baffled; none of the evidence adds up and the only thing all murders have in common are that the victims are missing vital organs. And witnesses claim to have seen a flash of light around the time of the murders. Eli and Ava think they are dealing with a team of serial killers but the truth is even more terrifying; a group known as the Retrievers are coming to our world to harvest organs. Eli and Ava must find out the truth and stop the Retrievers.

2)     How does my work differ from others of its genre?

This question is always hard for me because mine tend to be a blending of genres (which is probably a big no-no) but I can’t help it. I have another series that is a blend of scifi and fantasy with a little of the old west thrown in for good measure. I also did a YA series that has nothing to do with sparkly vampires or the world ending 😉 I always try to bring a little biology or other scientific stuff into play whenever possible. I have several short stories out there that deal with anatomy in some way or another. One of the perks of being a writer AND a biology professor 😀


3)     Why do I write what I do?

It’s the way my mind thinks and it’s also my favorite genres to read. It’s fun to let my imagination run wild 😀


4)     How does your writing process work?

I don’t actually have anything weird as far as my writing process. Being a full time professor doesn’t allow much time for writing. I just fit it in whenever I can. I always hear people say to write and write every day but there are days when I just can’t do it. Well, technically I DO write every day but I’m not sure that exams and lecture material are what the experts had in mind 😉 I am not hard on myself and don’t try to stick with a certain word count every day. I write when I can, blog when I can, engage with people on Facebook and Twitter when I can, and leave the guilt behind 🙂

Thanks for coming along for the ride! And if you want to know more about what makes authors tick, My friends Cp Bialois and Jamie White will be sharing their writing secrets on the 28th!

Cp

CP Bialois’ love of words began as a small child when his father bought a stack of comics to teach him the reading skills he wasn’t mastering in class. Before long, he was reading at an advanced level and teachers were shaking their heads over the unconventional method.
 
Growing up in the ‘80s, Bialois was exposed to even further inspiration through the popular cartoons of the day. Transformers, in particular, sparked his imagination and led to him put his first stories on paper. After a decades-long break, Bialois began getting back into the world of writing by joining some role-playing groups. These groups taught him about fleshing out characters and building worlds that stuck with him as he began writing short stories for fun.
 
To his surprise, Bialois would end up completing his first full-length novel, Call of Poseidon, in 2007. Armed with a finished product, Bialois began working on another book, The Sword and the Flame, unsure of what he would ultimately be doing with either. As with many others in the later part of the first decade of the 2000’s, he found himself out of work and looking into new options. Over the next two years, he would spend most days at the library, completing an additional half-dozen works.
 
Six books later, Bialois is planning for the release of many more and enjoying the feedback he receives. The up-and-coming author takes inspiration from favorites such as Steven King, Tom Clancy and Sue Grafton. His love of history, fantasy and old monster movies has also served as a muse.
When he’s not busy writing or chatting on his social networks, Bialois enjoys watching hockey and football as well as Metallica DVDs. He currently lives with his wife- a fellow writer- and their fur children. CP Bialois is also active in several South Florida writing groups, as well as the online writer community, and the Florida Writers Association.
 
Jamie White
Jamie White is an author, blogger, pet servant, music geek, and Reiki practitioner. When she’s not busy writing, she likes spending time with her husband and three pets. She also reads, sings, meditates, and obsesses over Doctor Who in her free time. She is currently anticipating the second release in her Stains on the Soul trilogy.

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4 Comments on “My Writing Process: Blog Tour”

  1. cpbialois April 21, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    Reblogged this on The BiaLog.

  2. Inion N. Mathair April 22, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    Your WIP sounds so intriguing, Shay. Inion and I can’t wait to get our hands on it! 🙂 We also have a tendency to blend genres, but we feel that it gives readers a more meaty story and a far more intricate plot. So, kudos to you!

    • drshaywest April 22, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

      I also like the cliffhanger endings which is why I tend to write them LOL

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    […] Alrighty, today is Blog Tour Day! Aside from inundating you with loads of posts from yours truly, the tour is where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process. My good friend, Shay West, tagged me last week in hers. You can read about her methodology at Dr. Shay West […]

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