The Universe has informed me over the past week that I should be writing a blog. (Like I’m not already busy enough!) Since I always do what I’m told – just ask my husband, lol – I will get to it. This first session will cover why I write books, and how I write.
Why? Because it’s the most fun I’ve had in seventy years. (Yes – I’m now seventy plus – but only in my body. My mind is stuck somewhere in the neighborhood of eighteen – thirty – a really great place to be!)
How do I write? I first go to a catalog and choose head shots of my heroine and hero. Sometimes I add other characters if they warrant that much attention. The head shots are taped to a profile sheet I created in the computer, where I fill in everything there is to know about their characters. I choose their names, ages, dates of birth, addresses, zodiac signs with characteristics, education, careers, family, marital status, medical history, a physical description, political leanings, pet peeves – you get the picture.
Once I have that completed, I sit down and put pen to paper. I prefer to write in longhand in a scribbler, then type up each chapter as it is completed. I don’t use an outline and I have no idea where the story will go. But once the profile is complete, the people become real and they ‘dictate’ their experiences to me. Often they throw in a totally unexpected curve ball and the story takes off in a different direction.
This process applies to the ‘sweet’ romances. The children’s books and non-fiction, I’ll deal with later.
Now I must go brush my teeth – off to get an impression taken for a crown. Oh joy!
(You can find my books here:)