I’ve been tagged.

Danielle Lenee Davis, author of The Protector, has tagged me in her blog, http://danielleleneedavis.com/ and we all know what that means.

No? Allow me to explain. Better yet, I’ll let Mary tell you all about it, she explains things so much better than I. http://www.newwritersinterface.com/blog-tag-im-it

Done reading? Good. Bottom line is I must;

A)  Answer four questions (because, supposedly, people want to know about the authors of the books they read);

B)  Refer back to the person who tagged me (because this introduces readers to new upcoming authors and their websites);

C) Tag someone else (chain letter kind of idea, used for promotion. Anything that might promote me, I’m in).

What am I working on?

Book two of my Maybe mysteries, A Devotion of Dads, and trying to keep my mind off what’s happening with book one. Since I sold A Bother of Bodies I haven’t had much to do with it. Jayde from Divertir Publishing did a bang-up job of editing and now I’m waiting to see what Ken the Publisher comes up with in the way of a cover. In order not to drown in stomach acid I simply keep writing.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I hate this question. Hate might be too strong. I dislike this question. It’s a thinker. Not my strong point, but I’ll give it a shot.

The basics of a mystery are usually the same. The author comes up with a crime, throws in a bunch of clues, a few red herrings, the when and where so a reader can picture the course of events, and then ties it all up with a conclusion that satisfies all. Downright simple. Ha.

Entwined with the basics are the different styles of each author and this is what makes a book different no matter what the genre. The voice of the storyteller. How the writer motivates their characters, describes them, makes them come alive in the reader’s imagination.

No two authors will write the same words to the same prompt. They will not create the same characters. Mabel is my character, fabricated from my imagination and uniquely mine. She is the bastard daughter of either an Irish kingpin presently ruling Montreal’s underworld, or the child of a hit man. Whichever, she was definitely raised on the wrong side of the law.

Sydney Valentine, Danielle’s main character in The Protector, is a tough female police detective. Right side of the law. Same genre, different characters, different books. I could segue into sub-genres but I won’t. They confuse me.

Why do I write what I do?

This question makes it sound like I have a choice. I don’t. I write, this is what comes out. Not always murder/mysteries. Sometimes paranormal westerns, sometimes critters in realms all of their own. Once in a rare moment the words come out in poetry formation.

It’s only the mystery genre, though, that seems to come out half-decently written. Due, I think, because this is the genre with which I grew up. It was my parents choice of reading, and my older sister’s, so books of this nature were always scattered around the house. Nero Wolfe, The Saint, Miss Marple, Poirot, Holmes, these are all characters I knew as if they were real.

How does the writing process work?

Oh hell, I have no idea.

What I do is simply sit down and write. I’m trying very hard to outline, but I usually end up revising my outlines to suit what gets written. I do not recommend this writing process. I end up writing 120,000 words and then have to go back and start slashing until I have something worth reading at around 80 to 90 thousand. Wastes a lot of time.

I am strict with myself. A thousand words a day, minimum. If I miss a day, two thousand the next day. And I have to stop editing myself as I write. Get the damn book done, beginning – middle – end. Then go back and rewrite as many times as it takes. It can be frustrating, hard work, and you should only do it if you can’t help yourself. But if you decide you can’t help yourself, and you must write, let me give you one piece of advice, even though it has nothing to do with this question;

Hire a content editor. If Mary hadn’t edited my manuscript, it would still be taking up space in the bottom drawer of my desk.

Done. All four questions answered, and I’m ready to tag someone else. Maybe another new author at Divertir? How about Darren Simon? Check this out;

http://www.ivpressonline.info/sites/darrensimon/

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9 Responses to I’ve been tagged.

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  2. Barb Taub says:

    Ha! We both know Mary was at the heart of this one. Great tag post.

  3. LindaMS says:

    Regardless of how you write, of how much work you think ends up being a waste of time, I’m just glad you’re writing. Mabel is a delightful character and I love her story – all of which I’d never had a chance to enjoy if you hadn’t kept at it.
    I’m so glad you did!

    • ajcap says:

      Thanks, Linda. You are a big part of why I keep writing. All those years ago when I joined Funwriters and first met you (what was it? At least ten years ago), you were always supportive of my writing, and very encouraging. And you still are!

      Thanks for hanging in there with me, I sincerely appreciate it.

  4. Danielle says:

    Great post, Amanda! Is A Bother of Bodies still set to be released in June?

  5. Norelle says:

    Nice one Amanda and happy writing

    From Across the waves- Australia – My Autumn your Spring

    • ajcap says:

      Hey, Norelle, thanks for dropping in! It’s supposed to be Spring but it’s snowing today. And I’m sure it’s warmer where you are as well. Good to hear from you, and happy writing to you, as well. Keep in touch!

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