Blog Hop: Writers write

I’m honored to have been asked to participate in an author blog hop with my friend Tierney James this week. Be sure to click on her link at the bottom of the page and visit her! Blog hops are a great way for authors and readers to connect, plus by adding links to each other’s pages, we create some dynamic group marketing.The blog hop rules are simple. Each author answers four questions and invites three other children’s authors to participate the following week. I invited some entertaining, talented authors to participate. You’ll see their names, book titles and links to their sites below.First up, my job is to answer four blog hop questions as follows:

What are you working on right now?
I am working on a rewrite of a suspense novel drafting during National Novel Writing Month. It is about a pregnant woman who kills her researcher husband, and then discovers that he was using their baby as a guinea pig for his research – research that his boss will do anything to complete.
How does your writing process work?
I draft a story from beginning to end, completely linear. I can’t skip around like some writers do. Once the story is drafted, I let it sit for a couple of months at least, then I read it through, beginning to end, making note of plot holes, character changes, time line goofs, that sort of thing. And then the rewrite starts (and it is definitely a rewrite!). At that point, I send it to my critique group, a couple of chapters at a time, every couple of weeks. They are a tremendous asset. Once it goes through them, it’s time for a line edit.
What is the hardest part about writing?
For me, the hardest part is that first draft. Turning off the internal editor and getting words on the page. Once I can get that done, and reach “THE END,” the next hardest part is rewriting. It is so difficult to kill your darlings, but that is often what must happen.
What scares you?
Failure. And success.
Thanks for stopping by . . . and be sure you drop by to say hello to my friend Tierney James and let her know I sent you. And check out her debut novel, An Unlikely Hero.

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