I’m happy to join this blogging chain-hop of writers, answering four questions on our Writing Process. Thanks to Laura Brown for nominating me!
What am I working on?
I’ve spent the last few months polishing and revising THE FLORENTINE BRIDGE. Since then, I’ve been filling up my cup of inspiration and been doing some research for my next book.
While I have a few more ideas and outlines for books saved on my hard drive and in the back of my mind, I don’t want to say too much about them because my ideas tend to change and burst open like a flower in full bloom once I begin writing and plotting!
For the book I’m currently writing though, I came across an inspiring story somewhere and I was so intrigued by it that I knew in that moment that I wanted to write a novel about it. I took some time to let some ideas flow to see whether I felt passionate enough about it and when I couldn’t stop thinking about it, I linked up all my ideas, let the characters come to life in my head, did some research and plotted an outline. Then I began to write.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I like to delve deep into a character and how they see life. I’m fascinated by people and will often ponder why everyday people act the way they do when faced with certain obstacles or events in their lives. I love picking apart emotions and getting into a character’s head.
I love to travel and as such, I love injecting a bit of flavour into my stories through unique settings. Travel has enriched my life and I love when a book can not only transport you into someone else’s life but also into a new culture or setting.
Why do I write what I do?
At it’s simplest: because I can’t not write! Ever since I was a little girl I’ve dreamt of being an author. I enjoy writing that allows me to immerse myself deeply into a character’s feelings and motivation for their actions. Oh, and while I adore a great love story, I like my characters to be dealing with big stuff too.
How does my writing process work?
My stories usually find me, and they don’t let me go until I’ve written them! I don’t have a strict process though because I find that stifles my creativity. My writing for THE FLORENTINE BRIDGE was inspired by my former life in Florence, Italy where I lived for several years. I adore Italy for so many reasons: the lifestyle, the culture, the people, the food, its unique beauty… there’s just so much to love (and write) about it! Once I sat down and wrote the first pages I found the story between Mia and Luca just had to be told and I had very little sleep until it was finished. During the writing process I’d carry around a notebook with me everywhere and at night I would sleep with it beside my bed. Usually lines of dialogue or scenes come to me when I’m driving or about to fall asleep.
That’s me done!
I’m now passing the Writing Process chain on to the next writers. Next week (Monday 17th March) you can discover their answers to the 4 fast questions. In the meantime, please take a look at their bios and where to find them!
Jodi Gibson: Jodi is a thirty something freelance and corporate writer, blogger and aspiring novelist. After graduating from the Australian Writers’ Centre writing for Newspapers and Magazines course in 2012 she has been published in a number of online websites and continues to pursue her love of writing. Fiction is her true love and in between wrangling four children, a husband and a menagerie of animals she has managed to complete a draft of her first novel ‘Rest Stop’ – A tale of emotion, love, heart ache and the choice we all face in life; to follow our heart or our head. Now in editing mode Jodi is looking forward to one day being a published author and seeing her name in lights. Well, at least of the cover of a real book!
Nicole Tone Nicole is a 24 year old MFA Candidate and has been published in a few college literary magazines. When she’s not working or taking classes, she spends a lot of time traveling—usually with her husband. When at home, she’s kept company by her three cats and German Shepherd, Peyton. Nicole just finished her first book, Lake Effect, a New Adult novel following a nineteen year old art student, and is in the planning stages of her second.