whirl. Michael is a geek who writes speculative fiction, and posts some funny stuff on Twitter. Seriously…how could I say
What Am I Working On?
This one is super easy! I’m in the process of finding an agent to represent my new series. The first book is A Piece of Stake, and it’s about a thirty-something single mom, bakery owner, and vampire slayer named Lex Jensen. I’m also getting ready to start the second book in the series, currently titled Vampire’s Kiss. This whole project makes me super excited, and my beta readers can’t wait to buy the first book, even though they’ve already read it!
How Does My Work Differ From Others of Its Genre?
My previous novels, Jericho Rising and Jericho’s Redemption were set in post-World War III Michigan. Post-apocalyptic books and movies happen. A lot. Mine are different because the women take over, and the men become their toys and slaves. It’s not the bunnies and rainbows that some people think it’ll be.
The Lex Jensen books are different because there aren’t very many books out there where a single mom is also a butt kicker. Not only does she hunt vampires, she still has to deal with all of her other responsibilities. And, seriously – cake. Do I have to go on?
Why Do I Write What I Do?
The simple answer? Because I have to. No, really! I’m compelled to. I have crazy, whacked-out dreams and ideas, and if I don’t
write them down, they’ll drive me crazy (ok...crazier than I already am!). Why do I write about women? Because, obviously, I can relate. I may not lead a rebellion, or stake vampires, but I can relate to how the women in my stories feel when they deal with whatever’s going on in their worlds.
How Does My Writing Process Work?
There’s a process? Ok, sometimes I just sit down and write. Throw things at the wall and see what sticks. Sometimes, I actually
sit down and plot. In terms of pantsers versus plotters, I guess I’m a hybrid or half-blood. Jericho Rising was based on a screenplay of the same name that I wrote previously. Jericho’s Redemption was written on the fly. A Piece of Stake and the upcoming Vampire’s Kiss are definitely in the “plotted” column. The Lex bible grows every day.
When I’m writing, I try to make a minimum word goal to meet every day – usually 500 words. Everything after that is icing on
the proverbial cake. Most of the time while writing A Piece of Stake, I overshot my goal. I ended up with a 100,700 word novel in
eight months. Discipline works! I was surprised, too.
Well, there you have it. My contribution to the Writing Process Blog Tour. Coming next week, blog posts by these awesome
Michael Cieslak -
Ken MacGregor -
Julie Hutchings -
I met Michael Cieslak at Motor City Comic Con one year when our booths were across from one another, and we’ve been buds ever since. In fact, he’s the one who invited me to speak at Penguicon. Not sure if he regrets that decision now or not (heh!). Michael is also a horror author (see a theme?), and he recently edited/produced Desolation: 21 Tales for Tails, an anthology to benefit The Last Day Dog Rescue Organization. Michael sent me a really long bio for me to use to introduce him. Writers. Sheesh!
Horror author Ken MacGregor has appeared in several anthologies. I swear, every time I log onto Facebook, he says he’s been
accepted for another one! His own anthology, An Aberrant Mind, just came out. I want to read it - if I can get past the freaky clown thing on the cover. ::shudder:: Seriously…this guy has some wicked talent.
Julie Hutchings is a super cool lady that I met this year at Penguicon. In an elevator. We both had the same overwhelmed, crazed look & immediately hit it off. We share a love of Buffy and peppermint mocha latte. Julie is the author of Running Home and its sequel, Running Away – about vampires! A woman after my own heart.