Mar 14, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour

Posted by AJ Blythe at Friday, March 14, 2014
Author Fiona Greene (her amazing debut book is soon-to-be-released with Escape Publishing) has tagged me in the "My Writing Process Blog Tour". I have four questions to answer about my writing process.

1. What am I working on?

I've just started working on the first of a 4 book series. This is a series I've been thinking about for a year now and it's a relief to finally start working on it. I write cozies (traditional mysteries a la Agatha Christie). In the first book a prominent businessman is killed in an apparent car accident. When it's revealed the brakes failed the finger is firmly pointed at Erin Dwyer, the local mechanic who serviced the car. Erin knows the car was in tiptop shape when it left her shop, so someone must have tampered with it intending to kill. With no-one else interested in what she has to say, Erin, along with her best friends, have to solve the murder themselves to save her reputation.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Probably the biggest difference is the location! I set my contemporary stories in my native Australia. The most successful Australian cozy author (Kerry Greenwood and her Phryne Fisher series) also sets her stories in Australia, but back in the 1920s.

3. Why do I write what I do?
I've always loved mystery stories and have read Agatha Christie novels from a young age. I've also been writing and making up stories since I was a teenager, so it seems a natural progression that I would find myself writing murder mysteries. Write what you love!!

4. How does your writing process work?
I usually let an idea swirl around for a while before I do anything with it. As I'm a plotter the next stage is to write some notes. I used to be very detailed with my plotting, but I'm more relaxed now. The key things I need to work out before I start writing are:
  1. who was murdered and why and by who
  2. how the murder was committed
  3. why my heroine is involved
  4. the clues (and red herrings) I'll drop into the story along the way
Then I write :-)  My biggest hurdle when I write is to just allow myself to produce a dirty draft - I have to force myself not to edit as I go. One of the best ways I've found to do this is to type with my eyes closed (thank goodness I can touch type). 

If you want to know more about my writing process, click the link on the top of the page.

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