I’ve been asked a few times about my writing process. Truth is…it’s a mess. Yes, there are a few key things I do with every book to help map out what I’m writing. I do love me some color-coded charts and spreadsheets after all, not to mention a healthy To-Do list. But even with my organizational efforts, there are days—ahem…weeks—where I fly by the seat of my notebook and get shocked when my book takes a spin I didn’t see coming.
I love to eat. I mean, who doesn’t? Food is at the center of so much of what we do. Meet-ups often revolve around food. TV watching, too. Celebrations and date nights. And for me, food is also a part of my writing. Yep, you’ll catch me snacking on Swedish fish or Mike & Ikes while I write (I have a huge sweet tooth), but thinking about it now, there are always scenes in my books that involve food, too. Sometimes it’s messy, sometimes it’s sexy, and sometimes it’s humorous.
Queen of Swords - Katee Robert. When the cards tell Ophelia Leoni she’s supposed to marry the Prince of Hansarda, the gunrunner grits her teeth and boards the starship that comes for her. It doesn’t matter if the ship’s commander is the gorgeous stranger she just spent a wild, drunken night with. As a Diviner, she’s painfully aware the cards don’t lie. Ever.
Even with the technology of GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) devices, many of us still make a wrong turn now and then. Or we miss the turn altogether. Often, nothing more than making a U-turn gets us back on track. But for Nancy Emerson, the wrong turn changed her life. Guilt plagued her.
Readers are enamored with series. I’m not talking about the books where there is a cliff-hanger at the end so you must buy the next one, or the same couple carries each story. I’m referring to books where the central theme is a family, a place, or a group of friends. Some of the characters may or may not appear in every book, but the each story is about a different couple.
As I mention in my bio, I learned my best vocabulary (dulcet, diaphanous, and turgid) from romance books. I learned history from those same books, whether they took place in Tudor England, Napoleonic Europe or Gilded Age America. Half the fun was separating the fiction from the real history and pulling down the relevant volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica.