Today is the day that authors talk about their writing process. This blog is part of the “My Writing Process” blog tour which I was invited to join by the wonderful Keri Beevis, author of the prize-winning, Dead Letter Day. Keri is currently working on the sequel, Dead Write, and you can read about her and her writing on her site: http://keribeevis.com.
Here are my answers to the four blog questions:
What am I working on?
My next book is likely to be a work of non-fiction, but it’s top secret so I can’t say just yet.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Until the book appeared on Amazon I didn’t really know which genre it fitted into, other than literary, non-commercial fiction, because it’s made up and you can’t buy it at an airport! Apparently, it’s Religious & Inspirational / Science Fiction & Fantasy. This isn’t a great classification because it’s almost none of those things although, on the plus side, it’s certainly different from the other books that share the taxonomy, most of which are apocalyptic Christian fantasies written by crazy fundamentalists. A Brief Eternity is an apocalyptic Christian fantasy written by an atheist – not necessarily a crazy one! It’s an unusual book: a witty, thoughtful, challenging, poignant and hopeful love story which, along the way, puts the petulant God of the Bible back in his box. Somebody had to.
Why do I write what I do?
Well, God should have written the third book of the trilogy, especially as the Old Testament and its sequel, the New Testament, had done so well. But, he was taking too long, so I’ve done it for him. He hasn’t told me yet what he thinks of it, which may be a bad sign.
I probably write what I do because I enjoy it. I do original, slightly quirky, provocative, honest stories. I like to imagine people smiling and thinking in equal measure when they read them. Mainly though, I write because I’m not brave enough to be a stand-up comedian.
How does your writing process work?
Badly and slowly; torturously slowly. I like to get each sentence perfect even during the first draft, which is why it all takes so long. The only successful tip I can pass on to other novelists is to avoid planning the book before you start: just start writing. A few chapters before the end you’ll have to plan how to bring it all together at the finish, obviously, and you may need to do that in some detail or you’ll be left with more bleeding stumps than in your average horror novel. Furthermore, the end must be both surprising and satisfying. For me, the best moment came when I penned the final sentence at 1:30 in the morning, poured myself a glass of chilled white wine, re-read what I had written and thought, “Yeah, I like that. That’ll do just fine.”
Next week on the Blog Tour are two exciting, unorthodox and talented writers talking about their writing process.
Susan K. Perry
Susan has authored seven books from her cozy warren in a sunshiny urban suburb of Los Angeles. Her most recent publication is Kylie’s Heel, a novel about a rational woman who faces tribulations without the help of any supernatural succor. Susan blogs about creativity, especially the writing of atheists and secular humanists.
Susan’s web-site can be found here: http://www.bunnyape.com/susan.htm
Tim is a dark fantasy writer from Australia. His first novel was born while on the road, written on aeroplanes and in hotel rooms. Titled Hellbound, the book was discovered on an online writer’s forum by Dangerous Little Books author CJ Werleman (God Hates You, Hate Him Back), who immediately recommended it to his publisher. Hellbound has since been followed by a sequel, I Am Satan.
Tim has also had work published in Surfing Life Magazine, Soggybones and LitKicks.com. In 2013 he won the Australian Horror Writer’s Association ‘Flash Fiction’ Story of the Year for his short werewolf piece Moonlight Sonata.
He currently lives with his laptop in Western Australia.
Tim’s web-site is: http://www.timhawken.com