These things are a little like internet chain letters, aren’t they? I’m a sucker for reading about other writers’ processes, though, so when Juliann Rich asked if I’d like to participate, I said yes pretty much right away. Juliann’s debut novel, Caught in the Crossfire, is available for pre-order now. I’m really looking forward to reading it. You can read about her writing process here.
Right, on with the questions!
1) What am I working on?
At the moment, my third cup of coffee of the day. I’m also finishing up edits on my thesis (have I mentioned I’m in grad school? Well, I’m in grad school), which is a speculative fiction novel. Once it’s turned in, I’ll have a few more edits to do (I’ve gotten some fantastic feedback from my faculty readers), and then it’ll be time to find an agent.
In the meantime, I’m also working on revising several short stories, sending them out, working on a sequel to The Unwanted, a novel about the private investigator in “Murder on the Midway,” which was in Men of the Mean Streets, as well as a middle-grade science fiction novel I started last year and really want to get back to. One thing at a time, though.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Um, it has my name on it? I know that’s not the answer we’re looking for here, but it’s the first thing that came to mind.
I think that the thing that distinguishes my work is the fact that it usually straddles two or more genres at the same time. One of my colleagues in my fiction workshop this year called me a genre chameleon. That’s kind of accurate, I think. I try to respect the rules of a genre while at the same time giving them a turn that keeps it interesting to me. I also look for an emotional center to revolve around.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Because the voices tell me to. Seriously, though, I often have no idea. It’s what comes to mind and what interests me. The synapses fire in a new, unusual pattern and an idea forms.
4) How does my writing process work?
In fits and starts, usually. I don’t have a set process and I try not to get too rigid with it anyway. I write on a computer or in a notebook, or sometimes on a typewriter.
So, who’s up next?
Well, that would be:
’Nathan Burgoine, who is basically my writing twin, since we more or less got started at the same time and have been in a number of anthologies together since then. He’s Willow to my Buffy or Buffy to my Willow, I can’t be sure which. (If I’m Willow, it’s the Willow during her dark time.) His debut novel, Light, is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. So he’s basically awesome.
Jess Faraday is no stranger to award nominations either. Her novel The Affair of the Porcelain Dog was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and the follow-up, Turnbull House, is out now. Check it out.
Greg Herren is the award-winning author of the Chanse MacLeod and Scotty Bradley mystery series, as well as the YA novels Lake Thirteen, Sara, Sleeping Angel, and others. He’s also my editor and I have so much to thank him for it’s ridiculous.
Check them out next week! (And thanks, Juliann, for getting me in on this.)