Tuesday, June 24, 2014

On Writing

Stephanie Faris tagged me in a bloghop. (Thanks, Stephanie!) To participate, answer four questions about your writing and tag three more writers.

I love these bloghops!


What am I working on/writing?

Currently I'm working on a new inspirational-thriller novel. The subject matter is based on a true crime story from a 48 Hours television program. The original report was about a man who led dual lives, juggling a wife, two girlfriends, and a murder investigation. As so often happens with those involved in criminal activities, his indiscretions came to light (including the fact that he murdered his parents for the money). I was intrigued by this story and the way he used the women in his life, leading me to equate him with a modern day vampire. Developing this idea a bit further, I considered how I could meld the idea of a figurative vampire and this true crime headline. I'm still trying to meld it all together, and I'm only five chapters in, but the story will be told via three female narrators all explaining how this man intersected, impacted, and/or ruined their lives.

How does my work/writing differ from others in its genre?

Because I write inspirational (Christian) fiction, I often struggle with what I really want to write and what the Christian fiction world will accept. My work tends to be edgier, tackling subject matter that may be considered too dark or heavy for many mainstream inspirational readers. Nevertheless, I try to infuse all of my stories with a strong redemptive message to show the power of Christ and contrast Him with the darkness of life's circumstances.

Why do I write what I do?

I used to write vampire fiction. Over time, I began to feel that I wasn't edifying anyone with these stories, and I sensed God was calling me to write for Him. This would be my ministry. That was in 2006. The result of answering that call was my novel All that is Right and Holy, which won second place in the 2009 Christian Choice Awards. After that I didn't want to write anything else.

How does my writing process work?

My novel ideas usually spawn from something abstract like a girl and a guy start talking in the lobby of a hospital or a man and his wife having marital problems or a girl disappears from her college dorm room/sex trafficking story. Usually my stories are big idea-based, and then I start to develop a setting, character, and main conflict. I usually make loose notes, and then I write the first chapter. After that, I just see where it goes.

And now it's my turn to tag!

Bethany Masone Harar

Elizabeth Maddrey Perry

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Erin Unger

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  1. I am sure there is that balancing act between wanting to write something edifying and at the same time wanting to write something a bit on the edge. Enjoyed reading your answers to the questions. For some strange reason, vampires have never done anything for me as far as holding an interest in writing about them, them and zombies. But a good inspirational story is always an enjoyable read.


    1. Betty, with the way vampire stories are written now, they do nothing for me either. I think redemptive stories hold lasting impressions in people's hearts, because--well, really....isn't that what we're all longing for?

  2. Your new book sounds so interesting! I think the Christian book world needs more stories like the kind you write. I rarely read Christian fiction - your book All That Is Right And Holy might have been the last time. And that book STILL haunts me. (And that is good.) I still love the CLASSIC vampire. Not these modern, wimpy looking vampires. ;)

    1. Ha! Oh, L....your comment about wimpy vampires made me laugh. Yes, they've turned into veritable sops these days. Ha! Actually, the modern vampire novel is far to weird and violent for me. I prefer Bram Stoker.

  3. Thanks for the tag Megan. I did this blog hop about a month ago, and I really enjoyed it.

  4. YAY! Great job with the tag. I love that you found a way to turn a modern-day 48 Hours report into a vampire story. I love true crime shows. It's a bit of an addiction for me. How creative to turn it into a vampire story.