Yeah, it's been a while. Stuff's been a little cray.
Aaaaaaand we're done. Let's get out of this little weird place and back to writing like a professional.
You know, like NEVER on this blog.
Kidding, kidding. Actually, I'm back here because I got tagged by my buddy Dana Alison Levy in a fantastic blog hopping tour. And so we're going to answer a few questions. Ready? Here we go:
What are you working on?
Oh, man, you WOULD ask me that, wouldn't you? So, I'm the kind of guy who likes to work on a LOT of stuff. I just turned in my revisions on The Struggles of Johnny Cannon, which is coming out next year. I also finished the draft to a YA novel, which is out with my beta-readers. I've got a picture book text with my agent. But, what I'm feverishly working on the most? AbrakaPOW!, my WWII MG novel coming out in 2016. It's about an 11 year old amateur magician who has to use her hobby to help her dad, a Lieutenant Colonel, recapture escaped Nazis from a POW camp in West Texas. (Based on true events) So that's that.
How does your work differ from others in your genre?
Other stuff in my genre is really good, so there's that. Just kidding. Well, sort of. I mean, my book is a historical fiction set in the '60s, which Deborah Wiles has already done better. It's an action-adventure novel with a LOT of humor, which Rick Riordan owns the copyright on. It's in the dirty south and is VERY southern, which Sheila Turnage has done better than anyone could try. So, I don't know. I guess my book has a lot of This Day in History quips throughout, so that's unique. And this is the only one written by me. So there's that.
Why do you write what you do?
Honestly? I write what interests me and what I enjoy reading. Then, once I've written it, I hand it off to my agent and find out whether or not there's a market for it. Thankfully I'm a fast writer, so this crazy process doesn't affect my ability to make deals. It does, however, mean I write a LOT more than I publish.
What does your writing process look like?
For me, it starts with an idea that I let gestate until I can tell the entire story in a complete sentence. Once I'm at that point, I start plotting and I make sure I know the major beats of the story and how it will end. Then I work on world building. Since I write a lot of historical fiction, that involves immersing myself into the world of my characters so that I can convey their experience without it sounding like a tour guide or a museum curator. Then I write my butt off. Then I revise my heart out. And then I become a zombie and eat brains.
Wow, that was fun! Glad also to nominate my friend Kristin Rae, who wrote the awesome book, Wish You Were Italian.