Monday, February 17, 2014

No Cookie for You, but a Peek at My Writing Process

My Writing Process – Blog Tour
 I'm taking a brief break from Monday Fortune Cookies and am thrilled to be participating in the My Writing Process Blog Tour. Thank you, Tracey Livesay, for inviting me to play along. You can visit this amazing debut author at and her new novel is The Tycoon's Socialite Bride

What am I working on?

Currently, I'm working on a couple of projects. One of them is the second book in my Marant Clan trilogy, a romance involving Peter Marant, the eldest son of the Marant shapeshifter clan. The other project involves final revisions for Aces Down, another shapeshifter romance set in the same world as Collector's Item, but outside the Marant clan.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I'd like to think that while I adhere to most of what is expected for the Paranormal Genre, I give it all my own spin. For instance, I gave the animal sides of my shapeshifters their own personalities, complete with names. I've seen other authors including the animal side viewpoint upon occasion, but I wanted to go a step further. The animal personalities serve the purpose of the side-kick or advisor for my shapeshifters, sometimes helping my shapeshifters to pick up on things the human side might miss or stop over-complicating things. The back and forth between human and animal can often be amusing, give me the freedom to make observations that might be censored out of our human mental dialogue (or not).

Why do I write what I do?

I write paranormal and fantasy because that's what I love to read. I've written since I was a child, always exploring the "what ifs" and testing to see if I can add my own spin to the genres' tropes. All while trying to weave a story that I would enjoy reading myself.

How does your writing process work?

I'm basically a pantser, meaning I write by the seat of my pants. Generally, my stories evolve from a character who steps onto the stage of my imagination demanding the spotlight. Together, we explore their world and generally get into mischief of one kind or another. Then, as a member of two wonderful critique groups, I am required to regularly inflict pages of my current projects upon them for feedback. This keeps me honest, believe me. I have to write so that I don't look like a slacker. Writers Endeavor and RichWriters have been invaluable to me for learning the craft and art of writing. If you don't have a critique group or critique partner, do yourself a favor and find one or both. 

Next week, February 24th, I invite you to visit with three wonderful and diverse writers to read about their Writing Process. As anyone with a grain of experience in writing will tell you, there are as many ways to approach writing as there are writers, so I encourage you to visit with my friends see how they're navigating their paths.

Sofie Couch

Sofie Couch writes sweet romance with just enough piss and vinegar to make you spew your coffee and test your bladder control. With the help of 1,000 Typing Monkeys, (which also just happens to be the name of her blog), she cranks out romantic comedies and other literary mischief. You can find her at

Alleyne Dickens

Alleyne Dickens was destined to be a writer the moment her parents named her. It's just taken her a while to get there. Pre-published, Alleyne writes historical romance, historical mystery and historical fantasy (aka steampunk). Discover her at

Leah St. James

Leah St. James writes stories of mystery and romance, good and evil, and the enduring power of love. To learn more about Leah and her books, visit her at

Until next week, keep reading, writing, and smiling.


  1. I loved the way you blended in the shifter personalities in "Collector's Item," Denise. I didn't realize you had purposely chosen that spin. Looking forward to reading both of your works in progress!

    1. Thank you, Leah! I had fun with Andi and Max's personalities. While I wanted to do this from the get go, they just kinda jumped in there and ran with it in the first draft. Thanks for stopping by, Leah!