Looking for the Good Life
A romantic suspense novel by Jayne Hyatt
Fantasy author C. R. Richards invited me to participate in this blog hop. Ms. Richards’ literary career began when she interned as a part-time columnist for a small entertainment newspaper. A co-author of horror and urban fantasy novels, her first solo fiction project – The Mutant Casebook Series – was published by Whiskey Creek Press in 2013. Phantom Harvest (Book One in the series) is the winner of the 2014 EPIC eBook Awards for Fantasy Fiction. Cynthia lives in Colorado, and is an active member of EPIC and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Her latest release, Pariah, will be available on September 15, 2014. You can read her entry in this blog hop at http://deepthoughtsandjunk.wordpress.com/. I think you will find it very interesting.
JAYNE HYATT’S WRITING PROCESS
It’s interesting to see how fiction writers of all kinds of genres do their work. While it seems we have many practices in common, we all have our own idiosyncrasies that affect the way we work. To clue you in on what I do, I am going to answer four questions. Here goes:
1) What am I working on?
I published my debut novel, Looking for the Good Life in 2013. Readers have been asking me what will happen next with my main characters and the men in their lives, so I’m currently working on a sequel with the working title of Embracing the Good Life. At the same time, I’m also working on a contemporary romance called Love in the Dust, which will probably be released first.
I am working on the contemporary romance, Love in the Dust, in collaboration with Georgie Hendricks, a fictional character in Looking for the Good Life. Readers of that book will understand why Georgie’s novel needs to see the light of day, although it will also be a stand-alone novel. Collaborating on a novel when my co-writer is a fictional character makes the voices in my head even more confusing at times, but it’s also a lot of fun.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I don’t think my work can be neatly pigeon-holed into one single genre. Although I think of myself as a romance writer, my debut novel actually crosses genres — it’s a romance that reads like a mystery, has a magical element, and is humorous. Although I consider it romantic suspense, it doesn’t completely fit that definition. Moreover, it has two female lead characters that enjoy equal attention. As one reviewer put it, “it’s a two-fer romance.” Frankly, I’d be better off firmly placing myself in one neatly identifiable genre (not to mention writing faster) because it would help me to build an audience for my work. However, I wouldn’t be as content with the doing of what I do. I confess, I ponder quite a bit upon this conundrum.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I write the kind of books I enjoy reading, which I suspect is true of most novelists. My inspiration comes from those authors I’ve most enjoyed reading. For instance, I learned to love romantic suspense as a teenager by reading the novels of Mary Stewart, who is widely credited with inventing the genre. While my work can’t really be compared with that of Mary Stewart, her work has definitely influenced me. Her heroines, like mine, don’t necessarily start out confident, brave and heroic, although they end up that way. During the course of the story, they become themselves more fully, learning what they’re capable of while facing difficult situations. They also, as they “find themselves,” find true love. I consider that a perfectly entertaining combination, and hope others do too.
4) How does my writing process work?
Many authors define themselves as being either plotters or pantsers. In other words, some work very hard at meticulously plotting out the entire story before writing it; others just sit down with a piece of blank paper (or a blank screen) and write by the seat of their pants. My process falls somewhere between those two extremes.
The first thing I do is figure out who my characters are, and what they are going to be doing and experiencing, at least in a general way, during the course of the story. Then I brainstorm a general plot outline, deciding what happens, and when. Then I research. After all that brainstorming, researching and plotting, I sit down and write by the seat of my pants. Of course, I refer back to my basic plot outline now and then to make sure I’m still basically on track, but I also allow for spontaneous changes. Sometimes the characters refuse to cooperate with my outline, and I find myself placating them with plot detours and even major changes. In a nutshell, I would describe my writing process as organized yet organic. Now that you know more than you ever wanted to know about how I write novels, I encourage you to check out the next two blogs in this blog hop. On September 15, Elyse Bruce and Thomas D. Taylor will be sharing some of their secrets with us, which should be very interesting indeed.
Elyse Bruce’s career in the arts industry is well-documented and extensive, and there’s no question that she is a woman of many talents and abilities. Elyse has 12 books to her name, with 3 of those books being part of the “Missy Barrett Adventure” series for young readers. She also has a collection of short stories titled, “A Summer Of Somebodies: Cautionary Tales For Modern Times” and this Fall, she will publish more cautionary tales for modern times with another short story collection titled, “Fireflies and Front Porches.” The second book in the “Idiomation” series is also slated for release later this year.
Thomas D. Taylor is the author of twelve published fiction and non-fiction books, many short stories, and some essays. He works in many genres, but is preferential to horror and science fiction.
Early on in his writing career, one of his short stories, “The Interview,” won the First Place Fiction award in the 1991 edition of Towers Literary Magazine. Another of his stories, “A Grasshopper Cerebrates Humanity,” was published in the same issue. In 2013, his political commentary, “Idle No More: A White Man Speaks,” was published in The First Perspective magazine, and his 2014 book “Idle No More: A White Man Speaks” has gotten praise from elements of the North American Indigenous community.
As a visual artist, Taylor’s work has sold worldwide. He painted the front and back cover art for two of singer/songwriter Elyse Bruce’s albums: “Midnight in Chicago,” and “Countdown to Midnight.” He has also done the artwork and photography for all of his publications.
You can read an interview with him in Cliché Magazine here: http://www.clichemag.com/thomas-d-taylor-interview/ and his books are available for perusal here: http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Taylor/e/B005LLGQU6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1 as well as in Amazon and Kindle stores worldwide.
Here’s his blog: http://thomasdtaylor.wordpress.com/