Blog Hop

Posted by jennifer gibson on Monday, March 10, 2014

I was recently tagged by talented author Melissa Groeling ( as part of a Blog Hop. The purpose is to answer several questions and tag other authors to do the same ;)

Here are my responses to some of those curious questions:

What am I working on?

For the past few months, I've been writing a series of fun short stories that I'm hoping to publish someday.  It's a great writing exercise and keeps my creative mind sharp. My next goal is to complete a science fiction book with my mother that is currently in progress. It's a very exciting challenge for both of us!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

The novel that I'm working on now is quite a departure from my trilogy series since it's science fiction as opposed to young adult.  It has given me more freedom to tackle different characters in a completely new setting and time period. Here's a hint: it's based on a existing series. Which means that we have to adhere to a set of rules that are already in place. It may not make any sense right now, it will be once it's released.

Why do I write?

It's such an energizing process, there is so much fun in coming up with the most hilarious dialogues and situations! I often feel stronger and more sure of myself once I've completed a project like this.  It gives me a sense of reassurance that I'm doing the right thing.  I think it's pretty cool to get paid to use my imagination!

How does your writing process work?

Usually it's a stray dialogue that's running around in my head that gives it a head start towards a story.  It often hits me when I least expect it, quite often when I'm doing mundane errands such as taking a shower or going for drive. It's times like those when I find it frustrating that I can't write down those thoughts right away.  By the way, I write my stories the old fashioned way: with a pen and paper.  I find that it's much easier for me to keep up with the running commentary that way.  Afterwards, I can type it in and make any necessary changes at that point without worrying about losing the feel of the characters. 

For the larger stories, such a trilogy series or full length novel, I often know how it will begin and end.  I have a firm idea in my head of the overall arc, it's simply a matter of filling in the blanks in the middle.  Those stories tend to write themselves.

I have to say this: I'm in awe of those writers who come up with amazing scripts for TV shows. To keep those episodes fresh and witty every single week is quite a remarkable achievement, particularly since it happens in such a short period of time. Wow!

I'm tagging 3 other authors in this Blog Hop: Joss Landry, Nana Prah and Aneta Cruz.

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