Monday, June 30, 2014

My Writing Process

I was tagged by the awesomely fantastical Selena Illyria--a multi-published author, part vampire, part pixie who was born with a need to write and enable.To read her post on her writing process, click here.

1) What am I working on?

Right now I'm working on Triple Knockout. It's a fantastically smexy m/m/f menage that features two boxers and the lucky lady who benefits from their dirty skills in and out of the ropes. It's set in the Checking It Twice and The Naughty List world, so expect to see some familiar faces! After this book is wrapped up and in my editor's hands I'll be working on another exciting project--the first title in a brand new spinoff series I'm doing that follows the Soul Collectors from That Old Black Magic. To learn a little bit more about Kissin' Hell, you can read my blog post here.

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

I'd say my main difference is that I incorporate a lot of humor into my books. Most of my characters have a very different outlook on life, so that usually comes through in the situations they find themselves in. On the flip side of this, I also like to delve deeper into the emotional side of things, and even explore darker topics. I think infusing the humor in there keeps a good balance between the two. 

3) Why do I write what I do?

I have a dirty mind. No, seriously. It's just the way my brain works. Basically my muse requires 2 things to be satisfied: sex and...okay, possibly it's just sex. A cool, quirky plot and the occasional pufferfish reference are just bones I throw to her every once in a while. And yes, I worked bone into the sentence. I get double bonus points and a Snickers bar for that.

4) How does your writing process work?

My only real ritual when it comes to writing is creating a soundtrack for my books. I've always been inspired by music, so it definitely helps me get into the groove of a story and its characters. Aside from that, I have a general idea of the main plot points, the ending, and how I'm going to get there before I start writing. Sometimes (aka: all the time) the characters decide they want to do things their own way and the actual finished book turns out being slightly different from how I visualized it in my head. That's okay though. Because 9 times out of ten, my characters are far more brilliant than me. Again, that's okay. Because I'm a better air guitarist. And we all know that's a life skill that trumps pretty much everything else.

So that's a little peek into the insanity that is my writing process. 

For Monday, July 7th continuation of the tour, I tagged Kelly Apple, who has a love affair with zombies, adores werewolves, and consorts with demons. Ahh, the life of an author.


Selena Illyria said...

I knew you were a naughty minxy. I used the word naughty, can I have a Snickers bar too?

Jodi Redford said...

You can have alllllll the Snickers bars you want, Super Twin. KING SIZED. *eyebrow waggle*