Monday, February 17, 2014

Writing Process Blog Hop

Thanks to Liv Honeywell for inviting me to this blog hop, where authors answer questions about their writing process.
1. What am I working on?
I am currently working on another book in my Regency Series.  This one is a cat and mouse spy story that takes place at the Westerfield estate.  Here's what happens when our spy interrogates the heroine:

“I found the papers, Miss Hunt.”  
She recognized the menacing voice. It belonged to Lord Auburn--or whatever his real name was--and the difference in it sent chills down her spine. 
“Who are you going to sell them to? Or did you buy them?” He sounded angry. He did not release the tight grasp around her waist, but he eased his hand from her mouth for her answer.  
“I do not know what you mean!”  
“Do not lie to me!” he shouted, giving her a shake. He dragged her forward, pushing her belly down over an old saddle lying on a crate. The gate house appeared to be used as overflow for stable equipment, the smell of old leather and hay filling her nostrils. Pulling her wrists behind her, he tied them with a cord. 
“What are you doing?” she cried in alarm.  
“Silence!” he snapped and she heard the sound of something swishing through the air a second before a line of fire across her backside made her scream. She looked over her shoulder to see Auburn flexing a riding crop between two hands. Panicking, she struggled to stand up, but he pushed her torso back down, leaning his hand on her low back.  
“Your mouse act was very good. You nearly had me fooled,” he said and further terrified her by pulling up her skirts. He yanked her drawers open at the split, baring her bottom to his view.

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

I think we all have a unique voice, no matter what we write about. I am writing about my fantasies and situations that capture my fancy.  
3. Why do I write what I do?
I write a lot of historical spanking romance, because I love the tension created by societal norms that put men in charge of women. I have a harder time writing contemporary spanking fiction, because I like to have some non-consensuality in spanking (I think it's hotter) but it's hard for me to like a hero who thinks he has any right to lay a hand on a woman in modern day times.  
4. How does my writing process work?
Most of my scenes come to me in the early hour between sleep and waking. I wait until I have imagined the major scenes in a book before I start writing it.  Once I know them, I try to figure out what each character's arc is, so I can have that in mind as I write, which helps keep tension in the story. I usually write just one book at a time (though I may be editing another). In November I wrote three books at once and found it a bit crazy.
So next week, February 24th, you can find out about three lovely friends of mine, Celeste Jones, Katherine Deane and Sue Lyndon
Here are their bios:
Celeste Jones writes romantic spanking stories that usually include a bit (or more) of humor. She likes to think of them as a cross between Chick Lit and Domestic Discipline. 

Katherine Deane  loves to escape reality through reading or writing. She loves fantasy, sci fi, adventures, and spanking romance. She will be publishing her first spanking romance with Stormy Night Publications next month.

Sue Lyndon is a multi-published author of erotic BDSM romance and spanking romances. She enjoys a good book in any genre, loves Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, and runs on coffee and chocolate.


  1. Another Westerfield story? That's wonderful news!

    Thanks for the nomination, Renee! :)

  2. OH, I was hoping you would do another Westerfield story, I loved the other two! :)

    {{{hugs}}} EsMay

    1. I couldn't find your email, sorry, how do you join the round table discussion you mentioned on my blog? Would love to find out. :) if you're able to email.

  3. Oh this sounds like a fun story. Thanks for the nomination. I won't post mine until 3rd. Is that ok? Promised my blog to someone else next Monday.

    Interesting that you have the major scenes in mind before you start. It's fun to see how everyone approaches things differently.

  4. That is going to be such a fun story!
    I like what you said about only working on one at a time, and plotting out the major scenes first.

    I am a bit more scatter brained (as you will see in my post next week :) ), and could use some of your methods to balance out.

    Thanks so much for the nomination!

  5. I get a lot ideas and plotting done early in the morning too!

  6. It's fun to see how and why other authors create what they do. I'm also a fan of mornings, creatively speaking. The dogs are sleeping, the house is quite and I am free to collect and organize my thoughts and idea's before the phone starts ringing or neighbors start knocking.
    I remember a post on your blog from a while back where you explained how you first became an author. You wrote your first book in 6 days. I was in awe of that.

  7. I always write better when I have that little bit of time in bed in the morning. If I wake up thinking about my book then I get a lot of good stuff written!

  8. I enjoyed reading this Renee and found the reasons you write what you do and your writing process interesting. Loved the excerpt, sounds like a wonderful story!


  9. Loved hearing about why you write historical more than contemporary. I've never considered the points you brought up, but that makes a lot of sense.

  10. thanks for sharing the snippet :) I love how you imagine the major scenes before you start writing. I regularly talk to my characters, especially if I have a big scene to write


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