My Writing Process (round 2)
Let me start out by thanking Jenna Fox for inviting me to participate in round 2 of the My Writing Process blog tour. I was very excited because this time around we are focusing on horror, another genre both Jenna and I love.
Jenna’s got a wicked, wonderfully warped mind, and if you like horror, you’ll love the stories she comes up with. Inspired by the classics with her own twist, she’ll keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last word. Go check out her blog at www.jennafoxwrites.blogspot.com or her Amazon author page for a full listing of her books.
And while we’re on the subject of horror and the awesome authors who write it…
Dylan J. Morgan has just released a new novel, The Dead Lands. He is also the author of the Flesh, Hosts, The Blood War Trilogy of novellas, and the short story Collection Dominio della Morte. Check him out at http://www.dylanjmorgan.com
I have the privilege, honor and joy of joining these three great horror authors on this blog tour. You can visit their websites to see how their writing process is different from mine.
As for me…
How does my writing process work?
Organized chaos – that’s me. I have no set structure, time of day, music preferences or other rituals. Though morning is best for my creative juices, it’s not always possible to write just then, so I jot down whatever snippets float through my mind in a notebook (yup, pen and paper!) whenever my muse starts screaming at me. I make really detailed notes – and then never use them. But it solidifies the story in my mind while still letting my plot flow organically.
Why do I write what I do?
I write erotic horror. Someone once suggested I write horror without the erotic parts, but I refuse. Sex gets down into the crevices of the human psyche, whether we realize it or not, and roils up all the fears, all the vulnerability, and the hope – real or false. Only by the addition of the erotic parts can I truly portray all the emotions that go into the mix. Sex and death are intricately linked, so close to each other there’s not even breathing room left and they spur each other on. I show the evolution of my characters, whether they are rising above their fears or being sucked down into the dark depths, through sex and their sexual response. The emotions I can explore when I twine erotica and horror together are deeper, more raw, than when I write in any other genre.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Fear, to me, doesn’t stem from evil/hungry/murderous creatures (though I love ‘em!). It’s what those creatures represent. It’s the fact that the qualities those creatures possess are found in every human.
Insanity, greed, loneliness…these are the things of my nightmares, and each of those things can be found in the best of horror novels. These are the things that make normal people paranoid – because we fear them in ourselves. In my stories, I bring this out, the potential in all of us, normal, every-day people, to commit terrible crimes and cause terrible pain, both physical and emotional.
What am I working on?
I’m looking for a home for my just-finished novel Broken Sunflowers. It’s a story about hope and what happens when all hope is irredeemably lost.
I’m also writing a novel inspired by the time I spent in Africa. A missionary couple travels to ‘the darkest continent’ on a humanitarian journey that will teach them the meaning of true darkness. I’m really excited about this story because I can showcase some of the (east) African traditions I witnessed and work in a few real-life occurrences.
I just finished my Psychic Trilogy. Demon’s Bond, Monster’s Chains and Ties of Family.
Demon’s Bond: Reluctant clairvoyant Meggie only wanted to be normal, but that was before Kyle and Jim asked for her help in banishing a demon. She’s forced to face her darkest fears – the talent she never wanted and the sexuality she’s never acknowledged.
Monster’s Chains: Aiden is looking for his kidnapped sister and agrees to let Rebecca, a psychic who sees crime, help in the investigation. But Rebecca is pushed to the edge of sanity, confusing fact and fiction, when the kidnapper targets her.
Ties of Family to be released in early October 2014
Psychic medium Nina Rodriguez talks to dead people, but she’s okay with that. After she’d faced down a demon and survived to tell the tale in her youth, Nina had thought she would never be afraid of anything, ever again.
She was wrong.
Michael Marsden is trying to honor his father’s contract with Nina, in spite of his skepticism. He doesn’t believe in the family curse she’s supposed to investigate and has never had any use for ghosts – until he becomes the immediate target of a dangerous haunting.
Michael threatens to destroy Nina’s emotional defenses, and Nina threatens to blow Michael’s disbelieving mind wide open. But to stop the two entities responsible for the insanity and violence filling the family’s history, they must discover the origins of the haunting. Their success hinges on Nina’s ability to trust Michael – a difficult thing to do when he’s under the influence of evil.