There’s a blog tag going around the writing community where different authors explain their writing processes—showing us for the diverse creatures we are! I was tagged last week by my 2013 Golden Heart finalist sister Sharon Wray, and I’ll tag a writer friend at the end of this post.

What am I working on?

I’m feeling a little scattered at the moment, so I’m flitting around between three projects: revising a completed short contemporary manuscript; finishing the first draft of a novella; and finally plotting a humorous paranormal that’s been floating around in my head for years. I’m also exploring whether to self-publish my Golden Heart finalist manuscript, Confessions of the World’s Oldest Shotgun Bride.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I hope I’m not sabotaging my chances of ever selling any books by saying this, but I think my heroes are less alpha than those of a lot of authors. They certainly aren’t wimps—Steve in Confessions is an Air Force fighter pilot–but they’re nice guys, and they aren’t threatened by strong women.

Why do I write what I do?

To entertain people. I don’t have any literary aspirations; I just want to write stories that make people happy.

How does my writing process work?

I’m a plotter through and through. I envy writers whose characters speak to them and tell them exactly what to write; but mine don’t. I need a plan. Otherwise I end up staring blankly at my computer screen for hours. So I start with a detailed outline, often using the worksheets and techniques I learned from Laurie Schnebly Campbell in her classes, Plotting Via Motivation and From Plot to Finish. I allow myself the flexibility to make changes along the way if inspiration strikes, but I have that outline to fall back on as a safety net.

I tend to do a lot of editing as I go along. I can’t help myself. This means my first drafts are usually pretty clean, but it takes me a long time to produce those first drafts. I’m working on changing this, I really am. Don’t hold your breath, though. 😉

I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing how I do whatever it is I do. To keep the fun going, I’m tagging my San Antonio Romance Authors (SARA)  chapter mate Tricia James. After more than 20 years in corporate America, Tricia recently found her way back to writing—a love and dream of her earlier life.

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