What am I working on?
Serendipity—I love that word!—smiled on me late last year when two contracts for two quite different manuscripts hit my inbox the same afternoon.
Merger in Melbourne (I don’t know if it will retain its title) will be published in 2014. Inspired by a visit to Melbourne and an abandoned red brick building, it pits two people who want the same building against one another. Matt needs to atone for his guilt and Andie wants to create a future for the women and children who shelter there.
I was also invited to write an historical romantic suspense, Book 4 of the five book continuity series, The Emerald Quest, for Entangled Publishing which is my current project. Set in Hawaii, as is my first book, White Ginger, you can see the attraction to this glorious location! Serendipity!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My passion is for evoking places through a sensory exploration of them. Music and scents are powerful triggers for me so I often use them to create the experience for readers. I hope they can see, smell, taste, hear and feel the scenes I write. I had a wonderful time researching Hawaiian hula and vicariously exploring the reef around Kauai, and played Etta James’s “At Last” dozens of times to capture the mood in White Ginger.
Why do I write what I do?
Travel is one of my favourite ways to spend time. Each journey, whether to new or familiar locations, exotic places or at home in Oz, inspires ideas which I have to write! I’m a sharer after all! Happy endings make us feel good and I love to make people feel good—what’s not to love about everything turning out well in the end!
One Night in Sorrento is a novella length story inspired by my travels with my husband in Italy. Driving along the Amalfi Coast is not to be missed and the experience led to Rhiannon and Luca’s meeting. On a motorbike. Hot Italian biker—Amalfi—glorious scenery and eye candy—do I need to say more?
How does your writing process work?
I’m an organic writer, often labelled pantser, gradually heading to more detailed plotting, but I can’t be rigid about details in the beginning. Starting with a broad idea, often the first meeting between hero and heroine, I get to know my characters over three or four chapters then review and develop those. However, recently I’ve used a more detailed planning sheet and I’m quite liking it. I believe the writing process evolves as one grows into this writing life. My CPs (critique partners) are great sounding boards and keep a check on any ‘purple prose’ moments!
Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. You can check out other authors’ writing processes on February 17th!
AMY ROSE BENNETT – recently signed her first contract with Steam e-Reads for an historical erotic regency story.