Tag! I’ve been caught and now I’m it.
You may have noticed, a game of tag has been going around in some author circles.
Who caught me? Why, fantasy author, J. L. Mbewe of course. I hear she’s part elf, so clearly I had no chance of outrunning her. [grin] We met online through some writer circles. I then won her book, Secrets Kept, in a giveaway. It’s a fantastic read for anyone who loves fantasy. Can’t wait for book two!
The repercussions of being caught: I’ve been entered into The Writing Process Hop. That basically means I get to post a couple updates on where I am with my writing. You’ve all been dying to know, right? 😉
1. What am I working on?
Writing-wise: Today I plan to complete the line edit on A Time to Die and send it in (no pressure!) Then I hope to make enormous, never-before-seen headway on book two, A Time to Speak. I’m 30,000 words in. Just for fun, here’s a tantalizing picture from my inspiration gallery for A Time to Die. (Well, it’s tantalizing to me. I hope it is to you, too.)
Editing-wise: I’m up to my ears in delicious fiction novels just waiting to be scrubbed clean. Three projects this week and then four new ones next month. Every morning, I think, “I love my job!”
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
My book is dystopian (ex. The Hunger Games, Divergent, 1984.) It has many similarities to the giant dystopian trend attacking the bookshelves right now — female character, first-person narrative, a fight for survival — but I like to think it has both strong and subtle differences:
- My main character, Parvin, isn’t a lionhearted, never-cries, I-was-practically-born-in-the-wilderness type of girl. I see a lot of that in the female protagonists. They’re tough and practically fearless, they reign in all emotions (especially attraction to the male character,) and never show weakness. I like to think Parvin’s a bit more…human. 😉
- Christian themes. This is the biggest difference. Parvin’s pursuits, her purpose, her struggles, all come from a desire to know God deeper and to pursue a world the way He intended it to be. Though the dystopian trend is huge right now, there are only a handful of dystopian books revolving around relationship with our Creator.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Because God’s calling me to. Three years ago He interrupted all my other writing projects — and my life in general — with the idea for A Time to Die. It’s a long story that would better fit in its own blog post. But, at the start, I didn’t want to write it. Then, I decided to be obedient and I said, “Fine, but it’s a one-book deal.” Now I’m contracted for three. [grin]
I write Christian speculative fiction in general because there is a certain power about believing we can rise “above and beyond” what this world calls normal. I love conveying that message through fantasy in the hopes it pushes us to believe it’s possible — to push readers (and myself) to live out that type of action and adventure. To pursue it.
4. How does my writing process work?
I’m not sure it works yet. I’m still trying to find that nice balance between writing and editing. But, I thrive off inspiration. I create it through smells, music, movies, snacks, and then sit down to write until my inspiration is sucked dry. After that, I’ll edit a few times and then move forward.
I usually spend two days brain storming and then one day writing. Then two days brainstorming and…you get the picture. It works rather nicely for me.
Because I have no one to pass this on to, I’m linking to some of the other author blogs who filled this out. (If anyone else wants to jump aboard the blog hop, contact me and I’ll link you in this post!) Now, go discover some new authors!
J. L. Mbewe – fantasy
Bethany A. Jennings – portal fantasy (fun!)
Rebecca P. Minor – fantasy
Kat Heckenbach – YA fantasy
Jeff Chapman – fantasy, fairy tale, and ghost stories