Monday, June 16, 2014

What I'm Up To... An Author Blog Hop

I've been tagged by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, author of the middle-grade Guardian Herd Series, starring flying horses (How cool is that?)! Click her name to see her answers to these same questions.

What are you working on? I'm working on Legend of The Lost, a Zoey and Claire Mystery, Book #4. I have twelve more pages to polish up before it goes to the line editor! In case you didn't know, I also write under Claire Kane. There are three mysteries out so far: The Riddles of Hillgate, Cruise to Murder, and Hexes and X's. Although the books star grown adults, a mother and daughter, the stories are clean enough for any age to enjoy. If you enjoy my Molly Snow stories, then you may enjoy my Claire Kane mysteries, since they have some similar silliness.

I'm simultaneously working on To Catch a Fox, a third story in my shifter series... although I'm still in the first chapter. I have a cover made, though, and that's always good for motivation! I'm very excited to see how this series will do once advertised.

How does your work differ from others in its genre? I started writing paranormal stories a long, long time ago. I haven't really been a reader of paranormal stories, either, so perhaps this is a reason why quite a few reviewers say my stories are fresh. I don't feel obligated to go by classic rules of the genre. For instance, my zombies can look good for a long time, because of a preservative released into their body once turned. My werewolves can cure zombies of their condition. The black cat in BeSwitched can switch bodies with lonely souls. So whatever I think sounds fun, I do.

Why do you write what you write? I write what excites me. I like to think of my writing as a business, but there is one thing I will never do to get ahead--write something that's not really me. I know there are other genres that could make me so much more money, but I have to stay true to my interests. My stories have plenty of comedy. I just can't help myself when it comes to humor--it has to be an integral part of my storytelling or I won't have fun in the process.

Describe your writing process? It depends on the story, but I try and have some sort of outline before I start. The least I should know is what's my main characters' greatest desire and greatest weakness? Next, what's the obstacle holding them back from reaching their goal, and what's the worst thing that can happen to them--some sort of moment of crisis.

For example, in Head Over Halo, an angel, Persephone, has two great desires--to learn to sing, and to be with a mortal guy, who happens to be a singer. Her greatest obstacles are, she's an angel with a voice that destroys things, and since she's an not mortal it's against the laws of heaven to be with one. You'll have to read the story to find out her moment of crisis, but the way it unfolds is a lot of fun.


  1. Wanna wiseabove to help a 'Plethora Of Wurdz' [POW!] which are look'n for a new home in your novel? Yay! Whew...

    Q: Can anyone tell me the difference between K2 and IQ? A: Nthn. In Seventh-Heaven, we gitt'm both for eternity HawrHawr Need a few more thots, ideers, raw wurdz or ironclad iconoclasms? Voila!!

    VERBUM SAT SAPIENTI: As an ex-writer of the sassy, savvy, schizophenia we all go through in this lifelong demise, I just wanna help U.S. git past the whorizontal more!ass! we're in (Latin: words to [the] wise)...

    "This finite existence is only a test, son," God Almighty told me in my coma. "Far beyond thy earthly tempest is where you'll find tangible, corpulent eloquence". Lemme tella youse without d'New Joisey accent...

    I actually saw Seventh-Heaven when we died: you couldn't GET any moe curly, party-hardy-endorphins, extravagantly-surplus-lush Upstairs (in [the] end without end -Saint Augustine) when my beautifull, brilliant, bombastic girly-girl passed-away due to those wry, sardonic satires.

    "Those who are wise will shine as brightly as the expanse of the Heavens, and those who have instructed many in uprightousness as bright as stars for all eternity" -Daniel 12:3, NJB

    Here's also what the prolific, exquisite GODy sed: 'the more you shall honor Me, the more I shall bless you' -the Infant Jesus of Prague.

    Go gitt'm, girl. You're incredible. See you Upstairs. I won't be joining'm in the nasty Abyss where Isis prowls
    PS Need summore unique, uncivilized, useless names? Lemme gonna gitcha started, brudda:

    Oak Woods, Franky Sparks, Athena Noble, Autumn Rose, Faith Bishop, Dolly Martin, Willow Rhodes, Cocoa Major, Roman Stone, Bullwark Burnhart, Magnus Wilde, Kardiak Arrest, Will Wright, Goldy Silvers, Penelope Summers, Sophie Sharp, Violet Snow, Lizzy Roach, BoxxaRoxx, Aunty Dotey, Romero Stark, Zacharia Neptoon, Mercurio Morrissey, Fritz & Felix Franz, Victor Payne, Isabella Silverstein, Mercedes Kennedy, Redding Rust, Phoenix Martini, Ivy Squire, Sauer Wolfe, Yankee Cooky, -blessed b9 (or mixNmatch)...

    God blessa youse
    -Fr. Sarducci, ol SNL

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