Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I've Been Tagged

I've been tagged in a meme by J. E. Oneil over at Still Writing.

The Questions

What are you working on right now?
A historical romance set in 1850's America, titled Come Back.

How does it differ from other works in its genre?
Hm. Well, both of the leads are virgins, not just the heroine. 

Also, they don't meet in chapter one. The delay was necessary for the story.

How does your writing process work?

First, I get a burst of inspiration--usually in the form of a vivid scene or single aspect of the story. (I actually have a story idea right now that is nothing more than an ending. It'll be a killer book if I can ever come up with a plot to go with that final scene. :P

The idea for Come Back was sparked by a story I read while home-schooling my daughter. It was written in diary form and described life on the Oregon trail, including mention of all the things westward travelers left behind. Though traveling a different trail (Santa Fe / Gila), my heroine, Rebecca, gets separated from her wagon train and uses these things to survive.

Once I make the decision to pursue an idea, I research the time period (if needed), other aspects of the book, and hammer out a basic plot. I refine the plot before getting too far into the writing, but the scenes themselves often have a mind of their own. After I type 'the end,' I polish it up, then swap with critique partners and hit up the betas.

Now I get to tag three unsuspecting victims...


Tag! You're It!

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Have a safe, happy Halloween. :)


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    1. Thank you!
      This comment made my day. :)

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  2. Your story sounds awesome! I'm very very intrigued!

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    1. Thanks, Azia. Hope your kids feel better soon.

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  3. Yup, I see what you mean :) It's a good way to brainstorm, isn't it? It's fun and new and gives me faith that the story really DOES already exist in my brain :)

    The new book sounds cool. I like the unique changes :)

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    1. Awesome! I actually said something encouraging. LOL

      Thanks. I hope (if I EVER get it published) it'll be well-received by readers.

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  4. Melissa, your story sounds like it's going to be a great read. Good luck with it!

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  5. Ohh! An 1850's romance... You've got my attention. =)

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    1. Yay! Another HR lover!
      Not too many of us left. ;)

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  6. You forgot to mention how yummy the hero is! ;)

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    1. I did, didn't I.
      Well...you'll help me with that when we reveal the cover. ;)

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  7. Interesting time period. And nothing says they have to meet in chapter one.

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    1. It is, although research for this WIP was difficult at times, especially when it came to finding info on the Gila trail. Gah.

      Tell that to diehard romance readers. LOL

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  8. Nice. It will be fun trying to answer those questions. Your story sounds very interesting! Dragon hugs!

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  9. Sounds like a good story. Happy Halloween to you too! :)

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    1. It will be if it ever stops raining. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the kids' sake. ;)

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  10. That sounds like such a cool book. I'm not usually much for historical fiction, but I'd definitely read that story.

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    1. Thanks! Your comment made my day, too. :)

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  11. Your story sounds great! Thanks for sharing, sounds interesting.

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  12. I imagine it must have been quite a harsh time in terms of trying to survive. Sounds intriguing!

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    1. It definitely was. Thanks for stopping by, Nick. :)

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  13. It's always interesting to me where story ideas come from--sometimes inspired or sparked by other stories. It sounds like your story has lots of wonderful tension. Good luck with it! And happy Halloween to you, too.

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    1. It was a MG book, too. LOL

      Thanks, Cynthia. :)

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  14. Just stopped by to wish you a Happy Halloween, M! :D

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  15. And a happy All Saint's Day, too :)

    PS... cheers for the tag... I forgot to officially say that the other day :)

    Go Red Sox... (but only until February... and then it's Go Angels !!!!

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    1. I'm glad you have a team to cheer for, 'cause I sure don't. :P

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  16. I love that time period Melissa. Good luck with Come Back.

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  17. I also love that time period and this sounds like a great story. Good luck with it!

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    1. @Cathrina and Julie - Thanks!
      (I need it. LOL)

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  18. This is a fun tag. Wishing you all the best with Come Back!

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