Monday, June 30, 2014

THE BIG EASY Blog Tour -

I’m honored to be a part of The Big Easy Blog Tour. Author, Lori Robinett invited me to participate. Lori and I met through a mutual on-line writing group several years ago. Then she room-shared with me at her first trip to Ozark Creative Writers conference. We had never met in person. We reminisce how she had to calm her teenage daughter’s fears about meeting up with someone Lori had met only on line. We do teach our children that is a no-no.

What Am I Working On?
I have three projects in various stages. I've taken out a completed manuscript that’s run the gamut from placing in competitions to getting ‘the call’ to still sitting in the drawer. I want this story out for readers to enjoy. I just need to figure out what is holding the novel back. I also have a Western Historical in progress and a contemporary set in Paducah KY, featuring a musical trio, a road manager and my favorite character, Granny Pearl.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
For years I was told editors did not want stories set in the entertainment field. Like fashion, story lines seem to come in cycles and entertainment –themed stories are coming up everywhere. Because I work in the music field, I am able to educate about the business while providing my readers with characters to love and settings I hope they’ll visit.

Why do I write what I do?
While Happy Ever After endings are great, I think the ones that are a result of second chances are the best. I cut my romance teeth on Second Chance at Love romances of the 1970s. I am living a Second Chance at Love, and I know the music business. Those are my worlds.

How does my writing process work?
I’m getting better about a process. I use to be a hard core plotter. And I still use outlines as a guide, but I’m learning to let my characters walk me through a bit more. That’s hard for a controling/ OCD person to do. Since Somewhere Down the Line, I’ve been turning to song titles more. I’ve always loved music. I use to play songs on the jukebox to convey messages to my boyfriend in the early 1980s. What I do now is very similar. I take the song title and say ‘What if…’ and I’m off.

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