My Writing Process – Blog Tour
I would like to thank fellow author Maria Savva for inviting me to take part in the ‘My Writing Process’ blog tour. Maria is an exceptional author, and I would encourage you to check out her works available on Amazon here.
Now, as part of the blog tour, I have been asked to answer the following questions about my writing process (such as it is…) 🙂
1 What am I working on?
I have just released my fourth novel, ‘Touch of Darkness’ – the last book in the ‘Beyond the Veil’ series (or at least I think it is…). ‘Touch of Darkness’ is the story of Rami, a teenage boy who is on the run from his past. Having been possessed by a shadowwraith, he murdered two innocent people, one of whom was his best friend. Now, with the spirit of the wraith trapped in a spiritstone, Rami struggles to come to terms with what happened. He is desperate to find a way to control the spirit and unlock its secrets. Travelling to the Orient, fate throws him into an unlikely partnership with Amirah, the alluring daughter of a caravan leader. Fascinated by his dark and mysterious past, she is drawn to Rami like a moth to a flame, and fears for his soul as he slips further into darkness.
2 How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Most of my stories are shorter than contemporary fantasy novels, with my most recent work being about 42,000 words. My longest novel, ‘The Guardian’s Apprentice’ is about 70,000. My stories are character driven, and I always strive to create scenes in which the reader can become completely absorbed.
3 Why do I write what I do?
Simple. I love fantasy. Fantasy novels were my lifeline – they provided me with an escape from an abusive and unhappy childhood. On those dark days, I could escape reality and join my friends, like Bilbo Baggins, and John Carter of Mars, who took me to a happier place. I also love being able to create worlds of my own, where magic rules instead of science, and where anything is possible.
4 How does my writing process work?
I wish I knew. No, really, I wish I could figure it out! My muse is fickle, and I may go for weeks at a time without writing a single word. Then, when I least expect it, inspiration will strike and I will struggle to write everything down before it vanishes from my mind. Most of my short stories happened that way – an idea hit, and I would write the story in a single setting. With my novels, I almost always write the last chapter first – or at least shortly after starting the book. Finally, I do not use outlines very often. Occasionally, if I have a complicated sub-plot, I will use an outline for the main points, but usually I write by the seat of my pants. I simply sit at the computer, fire up the music, and let the characters tell their story.
*snort* Dear readers, I can assure you that is NOT how he typically writes his stories. He will sit and stare at the blank screen for days on end, whining about writer’s block. If it were not for me, he would never have finished a single story. While I will concede the man does have an active imagination, even for a human, he knows little about wizards and magic. And I shudder to think what he would write about dragons if I were not here to guide his hand!
That’s enough, Idris. You will have to pardon that small outburst – Idris is both my writing partner and muse. He sits in a place of honor next to my computer, where he oversees my writing and criticizes my dialogue.
Now, if you will excuse me, I have a story to write.
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