My Blog Tour
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Latest Release: Free Falling Book 2: “SECRETS”
Shout out to Lolah Lace, the fabulous author to whom I owe many thanks for inviting me to join this blog tour! She’s doing big things in the literary world, so check her out here!!!
1) What am I working on?
Currently, my main focus is having “EXPOSED”, book three of the Free Falling series, ready for its release June 1st, 2014. The series features an African-American female lead and Japanese-American hero. When I set out to write this saga, I felt this strong need to tell their story from the very beginning as opposed to recapping the fact that their love/attraction had been ongoing for years. So, instead of starting them off as adults and explaining their backstory – angst, drama, and everything in between – to readers, I went all the way back to where it began for them – their senior year of high school, which is the setting for book one, “GRAVITY”. Wanting to convey the extreme emotional connection between the two, I thought it best to let readers experience the whole ride for themselves. Book two moves them into a college setting, and book three features a more mature version of Sam and AJ as I conclude the series with them in their mid-twenties.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Hmm…that’s a tough one. I can’t really say what I do differently, but I know that I focus on conveying the most authentic actions, reactions, and emotional responses for my characters as possible. I like to keep it real. We’ve all been in love, which means that we all know of the crazy (stupid) things that love can sometimes make us do. The characters that I write about fall victim to the same snares and pitfalls that await us in the real world. I try not to shy away from the grit that comes along with building a relationship or the vulnerability that can accompany falling head over heels in love; instead, I choose to embrace it all. I’m a sucker for any book that gets me feeling whatever the characters are feeling – anxiety, sadness, love, hate, fear, all of it – so I would have to say that my writing objective is always to make a reader FEEL what’s happening in the story as opposed to just reading it.
Another one of my writing characteristics is that I typically write about guys with regular gigs. AJ from the Free Falling series comes from money, but all in all, he’s still a regular guy, working a nine to five in book three. “RED SUN” features two Native American brothers who own a landscaping business together, living modestly in rural South Carolina. “ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB”, again, features regular men who aren’t rich by any stretch of the word. I’ve never been in love with a billionaire, so maybe I’m just writing what I know 🙂
3) Why do I write what I do?
I think I’m addicted to the chase. There’s nothing like that high you get from reading a book, watching and waiting for the guy to get the girl…or the other way around. I believe this is why most of my stories tend to have a love triangle in some form or fashion – the uncertainty…the loaded stares…the stolen moments. I love, love, LOVE when a book can evoke that feeling! So, when I’m not reading stories like this, I’m writing them.
4) How does your writing process work?
This all depends on how an idea presents itself to me. Sometimes all I get is a general plot that I’d like to further explore. Other times the story unfolds in my head from beginning to end before I can even get my laptop open. I’m also an avid outliner. Most of the time, I start with character outlines which provide physical and personality traits, background information, and their general role in the story. After that, I write a paragraph to summarize the overall plot, followed by a detailed chapter outline. This prevents me from painting myself into a corner when I’m writing because I have a clear idea of where the characters will end up by the final chapter.
Next authors up Monday, April 28th
La Kata Kling
“They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, so what happens when the person’s eyes are unavailable to look into? You read their words.” – La Kata E.K.
Her Blog: http://poeticlyblessed.blogspot.com/
Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the twenty-something characters she writes give her an earful about it.
In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, blogging, reading, and sending off a few tweets on Twitter when she can. She writes new adult fiction romance in the sub-genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary, but really, anywhere her pen takes her she goes. She’s also co-founder of NA Alley, a group fiction blog dedicated toward the spread of the ‘new adult’ fiction category.
Her Blog: http://www.authorvictoriahsmith.com/
I am a lifelong Hoosier (please don’t ask me the origin of that word because no one really knows). Storytelling has always been such a part of my life that it’s hard for me to imagine that everyone didn’t tell themselves stories at bedtime instead of reading them. Someone to love is my second novel and will be available on April 26th. Jack and Diane was my first novel and is available on Amazon (http://amzn.to/1mviQte) and Nook (http://bit.ly/1iXf6T3).
Her Blog: http://lenahampton.wordpress.com/
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