My Writing Process

This week I got to thinking about how everyone’s writing process is different from plotting to editing to publishing. I thought I’d share my process and how well it works for me!

Pre-Writing

This includes coming up with the characters, the setting, and the plot. I am a very visual person, so I often spend a lot of this time on Pinterest trying to find the right character inspiration images that best reflect what I had in mind for my characters. At this point, I have a vague idea of the setting and how the plot will unfold.

Also during this time, I will get random dialogue inspiration and I will have to quickly jot it down before I forget it. Sorry, hubby! Sometimes I just have to turn on the lights at 3 a.m.

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Bloodborn Release Date

Release Date: December 6

The time has finally come! Bloodborn has a release date, and I’m over the moon excited! A box of author copies came in the mail, and it’s surreal to hold the finished product in my hands. Years of blood, sweat, tears, and more blood went into this book. I have learned a lot about myself while writing and editing. The publishing journey has not been easy, but it certainly has been worth it! The pre-order links are below.

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My Publishing Journey

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I’ve only started to get serious about my writing in the last year, and what a year it has been! I had attended an author event for Sarah M. Eden, although I didn’t really know who she was at the time. It was then that I realized I didn’t want to write for fun anymore. I sat down that very night, scrolled through Pinterest to find something to spark a book idea, and thus, Bloodborn was forged!

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Bloodborn Series Comes to a Conclusion

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I am so excited to finally say that I’m finished writing the Bloodborn series. Luca and Kirsa’s journey comes to a conclusion in book five, wrapping up at 91,000 words. I first started the Bloodborn series with the characters Adam and Willow, Bloodborn getting contracted with the Wild Rose Press. Only earlier this week did I send the second in the series to my editor, and now I’m crossing my fingers that it will get contracted as well!

Bloodborn started when I decided to use a writing prompt, which spurred an idea, which spurred a book, which inspired a series. At the beginning, I never thought this would gain the traction that it had, but I’m so excited it did! I do have an idea for a novella in mind for this series, but I hope to include it for free for readers in my upcoming newsletter.

What’s next?

I’ll likely be working on my regency romance series. I’m finished with the first book, I Am Marianne, and I’m two chapters into my second, Just Jane.

Now all I have to do is name this fifth book…

Edit: Is the series really over? Then why am I getting an idea for a sixth??? It never ends!!!

New WIP

Remember when I said I was going to start working on my Regency romance #2? Well, I lied (though not on purpose). I got wrapped up in my paranormal story, #5 in the Bloodborn series. 70,000 words in and nearing the end! (Sort of). It just keeps going, but at least the end is in sight! My new WIP focuses on Luca Dragomir and a special LITTLE (and I mean little because she’s a dwarf) lady he meets on his journey to break himself away from his family and discover who he is outside of being a vampire. But when he meets Kirsa Frey, he realizes there’s so much more at stake than himself. The dwarven race is dying, and he plans to stop the death before it takes the female he loves as well. Below are the models who inspired the characters, because who doesn’t love visual inspiration?!

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Bloodscourge Is Finished!

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30,000 words and an entire book later, I finally finished Bloodscourge! I stopped halfway through to write a regency romance, and came back to it right after to finish the final 30,000 words. Now the question is…do I edit the book, or should I write the 2nd in my regency series…

Oh dear, regency it is!

No Internet

You don’t realize how much you need something until it’s gone. For me, not having internet for over a week was painful. No writing. No book research. Nothing to occupy my time except for a 750-piece Cinderella puzzle that literally took a week to complete. But now we’re back online! Hello Bloodscourge, you will finally meet your end.

Finishing the Book

I have been procrastinating for days! This is the fourth book in the Bloodborn series and I love the book to pieces. I have only a few chapters left until I am finished, and yet what am I doing? Surfing the web, scrolling through social media, eating snacks. The ending is too epic to handle, apparently XD Alright, just gotta write it. The ending, here I come!