My friend Jackie Layton asked me to join her a blog hop. She’s an incredibly talented winner and is one of the Genesis contest semi-finalists this year. As the judging for the contest continues, I’m rooting for Jackie’s novel to move through the rounds. I would love to see “Genesis Winner” in her tagline in the near future!
Check out her blog: Jackie’s Back Porch
Jackie asked me four questions about my writing:
- What am I working on?
I’m on Blood & Lies a romantic suspense novel set in my hometown of Odessa, Texas.
When a home health nurse discovers two dead bodies in her patient’s home, the killer sets his sights on silencing her – forever.
- How does my work differ from others?
In several ways. I always have a Border collie or an Aussie in my books, and several people have told me that my storyline is more intense than many other Christian writers. It tends to draw non-Christian readers and Christian readers looking for a high-degree of realism.
While I don’t have extremely vulgar language in my books, you might see a “darn” or “crap” uttered by a character – depending on the character and the situation.
- Why do I write what I write?
I’ve been a voracious reader for as long as I can remember. Most of the books I read are suspense/thriller. If I can keep my readers turning the page, their hearts hammering, and wondering what happens next, I’ve done my job. I write what I love to read. Once, I tried to write a sweet love story with no murder or mayhem. It was ho-hum, and I kept trying to insert some suspense…so I turned it into a suspense novel and was much happier with it.
- How does my writing process work?
When I started writing, I just sat down and wrote. I meandered away from the story to the point it was a mess. So I started plotting and over the years, I’ve learned the more I plot, the stronger the story. I may change it as I go, but at least I have a blue print.
I’ve also started using Scrivener so as I write, I have all of my research and notes at hand. Organization is important in my writing, and Scrivener has helped me become more organized.
When I first begin plotting, I start with my characters. I do a complete character interview with all of the main characters, then I do a mini-profile for secondary characters. I include photos of my characters in Scrivener so I have a picture of what I want that person to look like.
Next, I do a setting profile for each of the settings. I have pictures of towns, buildings, cars, etc.
Once I have my characters and settings, I begin plotting the story. Then the fun part starts: I get to write the story! And then I revise it multiple times.
That’s more than you ever wanted to know about me! Let me introduce you to several of my author friends. These talented women have novels out that will keep you turning the pages.
Naomi writes from the pristine north woods of Wisconsin, where she and husband Jeff live as epically as God allows on a ramshackle farm where they spend quality time with their children and grandchildren. Amidst it, she writes novels about imperfect people who are finding hope and faith to overcome their struggles.
In non-fiction venues, Naomi spent five years as a staff writer for the EPA award-winning Midwestern Christian newspaper, Living Stones News, telling true-life stories of changed lives. She has also written dozens of magazine and internet articles for the purpose of encouraging homeschooling families and young writers.
She invites readers to say hello and find out more about her books, passions, and other writing venues at http://www.naomimusch.com or to look her up on Facebook (Naomi Musch – Author) and Twitter (NMusch).
Kelly Liberto is a romantic suspense writer. She is also a Genesis Contest semi-finalist, and as the books continue through the judging process, I hope to see Genesis winner in her tagline!
Her current novel deals with some tough subjects and is a page turner. Visit her website: http://kellyliberto.com/
Nike Chillemi has been called a crime fictionista due to her passion for crime fiction. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Edgy Christian Fiction Lovers (Ning). She was an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category and a judge in the 2011 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories. She is the founding board member of the Grace Awards, a reader’s choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She writes monthly book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine.
Nike is a multi-published author. Her Sanctuary Point series will keep the readers turning pages. Most recently, she’s started a new series the Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels/Dawson Hughes Series of novels.
Top 100 Amazon Bestselling Author, B. J. Robinson, is an award-winning, multi-published author with four traditionally published novels as well as independently published short stories, novellas, and novels. River Oaks Plantation, her first full-length indie, has been on Amazon’s bestselling Christian historical novel list as well as the Civil War list. River Oaks Plantation won an Indie Award and was a top three finalist in the Grace Awards for 2013 in the historical romance category. The novel was showcased in Southern Writers Magazine as a Must Read. She won an award through the Florida Writers Association, first prize in fiction-writing competition at Southeastern Louisiana University for a short story that was published in their literary magazine, Gambit, and a novella won an indie award. She has also won numerous editors’ choice awards for poetry, had poems published, articles published, and her short story ran on the front page of a local newspaper three weeks as a serial.