Thank you for inviting me to participate in the ‘My Writing Process Blog Tour’ Jane Dougherty
Jane: What are you currently working on?
Jean: At the moment I am on the last few chapters of Finding Henry Brubaker, book three of The Finding Trilogy, a Young Adult suspense fiction. As soon as I start editing that book I am itching to begin writing my second Historical Fiction. I am usually writing one book while editing another.
Jane: How does your work differ from others of its genre?
Jean: My YA books are not dystopian, fantasy, science fiction or paranormal. They are set a couple of decades in the future and would come under teen fiction/suspense/medical genre. My HF books are about life in the mid 1800’s to early 1900’s and what it was like for some of my ancestors. I use them as inspiration and build a story around them, set in events that actually took place.
Jane: Why do you write what you do?
I like to read historical fiction and young adult, so that’s probably why I am most comfortable writing in those genres. The way I see it, I have to work and live in the present, I think projecting myself into the future or the past is a form of escape for me. Maybe that’s why I tend to choose those settings for my books.
Jane: How does your writing process work?
Jean: I hardly ever make notes and when I outline the initial plot of a book it is never more than two or three hundred words long. Of the four books I have written, the endings didn’t come to me until I was about half way through. I do admit to finding that the most difficult part to write. I am like a gardener as a writer, scattering seeds throughout the story and sprouting them as I go along. My characters constantly surprise me at the decisions they make and how they react to the various situations that I put them in. I love the research, particularly for HF, but I have to be careful not to spend too much time doing that. The internet is so helpful in that regard but can be very distracting and lead me off in a completely different direction. Apparently a finished book should be “First draft minus 10%” I think Stephen King said that – it’s very true in my case. A more structured writer might have less to edit out.
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Thanks for interviewing me, Jane. Here are a some more authors with very interesting answers to the above four questions.