Today’s post is a part of the “Writing Blog Tour”. I was invited by good friend and one of my very first writer friends Dawn Crandall. She has her first three books coming out over the next year and I couldn’t be more excited for her. You can find about her at www.dawncrandall.blogspot.com and www.apassionforpages.blogspot.com
In the Writing Blog Tour we are asked to answer a set of questions about our writng so let’s get to it.
What am I working on?
I am in the brainstorming process for my second book. My first book is at my agent getting ready to be sent to the publishers.
How does my work differ from other’s in its genre?
I think for everyone, what makes an author unique is their voice. My stories are inspirational romance so they will have happily-ever-afters and hopefully get you thinking at the same time but many authors do that and do it well. But no other author tells a story like I do. Every author has a unique voice that comes out in their writing.
Why do I write what I do?
I write romance because I love it. I love the gripping tale of love and the journey of getting there. But I want my novels to be more than fluff. So I write inspirational romance. I believe the best way to internalize truths is though story. They can get to the heart of the matter better than any lecture. When you see yourself in the character’s struggle and how they make it though, it is a sense of hope like no other.
How does your writing process work?
First I chart, plot, brainstorm, and outline until I know the characters inside and out. Then I sit down and writing a fast draft by just letting this new world fall on the page. Then after the dust settles I reread the book and outline what I have, go back to my charts, plugging all the holes and inconsistencies, while strengthening what is there. Then I revise it one more time before I sent it to a line editor friend and then to my agent.
I can also add that during the whole process I send scenes to my dearest friend and fellow writer Andrea Michelle Wood. Who knows my story as well as I do. She helps me see if I miss something or am getting off track. I couldn’t do this without her.
Hope you have enjoyed this and check out next Monday as my three writers friends continue on with this blog tour.
Lindsay Harrel has a bachelor’s in journalism and a master’s in English. Represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary Agency, Lindsay was a 2013 ACFW Genesis Finalist (Contemporary Category). She works in marketing as a copywriter and has worked in the past as a business writer and curriculum editor. Lindsay lives in Arizona with her husband and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. Connect with her on her blog or via Facebook or Twitter (@LindsayHarrel).
Andrea Michelle Wood – http://andrea-michelle-wood.blogspot.com
Without God I am nothing, just a lowly daydreamer. Then one day God got a hold of my heart. I didn’t think I had anything to offer Him, anything He could use. God said, “I’ll use your daydreams if you’ll let me. Just write your stories down.” And that was the begining of the daydreamer’s journey. I’m a not-yet-published author of inspirational romance novels working to polish my stories. 1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.