I was asked recently, to participate in The Writing Process World Blog Tour by author Robin Cain. Among other things, Robin posts interviews with other authors and offers advice. Whether you’re experienced or brand new, there’s advice to be had! Thank you, Robin, for thinking of me!
And Now About Me!
I write a variety of books and usually have at least 3 projects in the air at any one time. Recently, however, I’ve been busy editing The Maker, the third book in my Lone Wolf sci-fi series. I’m also working on a project that I hope to self-publish soon. More on that another time!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I write in several different genres—well, sub-genres of Romance. I have an historical romance, Indian Summer, a contemporary romantic suspense, The Ninja Tattoo, a retro-romantic suspense, Under the Western Sky and two sci-fi (futuristic) romance novels Lone Wolf and Shakazhan.
My work differs from many other romance authors in that I don’t write to a formula. I let the characters take the lead and follow them. Readers won’t find the tired old pattern of the couple fighting until the end of the book. My characters work together to overcome an outside problem that brings them closer together. They find out they are stronger as a unit, not two separate entities.
Why do I write what I do?
I’m not sure. The genre chose me, not the other way around. I started writing Indian Summer and the pieces for a romance fell into place. From there, I made the transition to contemporary romance, but I wanted more conflict, so the move to romantic suspense seemed a good one. The venture into sci-fi reflects my lifelong love of the genre. The romantic elements made it more fun
I’m not sure that well oiled chaos is a writing process, but it seems to work okay for me. I get an idea for a story, usually with a first line and a name. It nags at me until I get it written out. If I don’t, it’s gone pretty much for good. I follow the voice of my muse until she clams up, then I switch to something else. I go back and forth until I finally finish something.
My guest bloggers will be:
Who am I? I often tell people that I’m a writer of tales both real and make believe. Born and raised in the Midwest, I currently live in Southern California with my boyfriend, a Great Dane, and a rescued calico kitty. I’ve been writing and sharing my work online for several years now, and I’ve decided to take the plunge into publishing my work for the world to read. I dabble in horror, science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction. I enjoy both Adult and Young Adult fiction and love to write strong female characters.
Twenty-three years ago, Sherrie Hansen rescued a dilapidated Victorian house in northern Iowa from the bulldozer’s grips and turned it into a bed and breakfast and tea house, the Blue Belle Inn. Sherrie grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota and has lived in Bar Harbor, Maine, Colorado Springs, CO, and Augsburg, Germany. She attended Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. After 12 years of writing romance novels late at night when she couldn’t sleep (mostly because she was so keyed up from working 12 hour days at the B&B), she met and married her real-life hero, Mark Decker, a pastor. Sherrie lives in 2 different houses, 85 miles apart, and writes on the run whenever she has a spare minute. With her Wildflowers of Scotland novels, “Wild Rose” and “Blue Belle”, she has seven books in print. Sherrie enjoys playing the piano with the worship team at church, needlepointing, photography, decorating historic homes, traveling, and going on weekly adventures with her nieces and nephew.
T. C. Miller’s twenty-four year Air Force career gave him the opportunity to live from coast-to-coast. It was during his assignment at Mather Air Force Base, California that he formulated the basic plot for his debut novel, BlackJack Bomber.
He is also an accomplished martial artist, and has studied Hakkoryu Jujitsu, since 1976. He operated Kiyoshi Dojo, his school, for over twenty five years.
T.C. started writing as a pre-teen, and has authored newspaper and magazine articles, lesson plans, and advertising copy. BlackStar Bay, the sequel to BlackJack Bomber, is scheduled for release in May, 2014.
He is the founder of Coffee With the Author, a twice-weekly book-signing at Shawnee Mall, Shawnee, OK that does not charge local authors to access mall patrons and sell their books. He was also instrumental in helping The Bean and Berry coffee shop establish The Book Nook within their store to sell books about Oklahoma, and by Oklahoma authors.