I was introduced to Renee through social media sites and she and I have built a fun and supportive rapport. I am very honored to be a part of her tag team!
Here are the questions that Renee asked me! Here they are!
1) What am I working on?
Presently, I am finishing up “Unrequited” the 3rd book in the Chosen Series. I am also working on a new series. It is in the romantic suspense genre, which is relatively new to me. I was recently voted into a group that I love. WARS is a group of writers who specifically write in the suspense romance genre. We have a fan page on Facebook and I think a twitter account but I am not sure about that. My assistants take care of those things so I can write! In addition to that, I am working on a special project that shall remain a secret for the next few months. It is something new and very exciting for me.
2)How does my work differ from others of its genre?
New Adult is quite new. We are stretching the boundaries with the New adult genre overlapping with erotica books. Nonetheless NA is very popular, erotica or not. My novels are about romantic coming of age for broken women (but without the whips and chains)LOL. I do have sex scenes but they are very sensual. I like to show more intimacy and real life love making.
The next series will be NA romance and thriller at the same time. It is a nice balance of emotions for the reader. You can be petrified and then you lose yourself in the loving relationship. It’s a great concept really.
3)Why do I write what I do?
I write stories based on experiences in life. Most of my books are based on events or people that I have known in the past. I went through awful heartache (Unsettled), trust issues (Unchosen) and manipulation (Unrequited). I have also experienced many paranormal events through out my life. As a child, I especially was infatuated with murder stories. I worked for a Missing Persons Agency and have seen many dead bodies. I recognize the smell. I see the parasites. I also had a family member (that had passed on) present themselves when I was down and out. That experience changed my life because I followed their advice.
I have a complex mind, a little mania, a little depression. I write like I am an actor. I cry during the scenes that are suppose to make the reader cry. I get mad when the reader should get mad. If I don’t have a profound feeling during those scenes than I know it isn’t any good. I have to feel it first before it is exposed to others.
4)How does your writing process work?
I will be in the shower and an idea hits me. I have to crawl out of the shower naked and write it down. If I don’t, it is lost. I will wake up in the middle of the night and a scene from a book that I am writing presents itself, so I bring up my laptop and start typing (sorry honey). A story comes to me and I talk to my best friend and cousin about it. I outline what I can for reference, but it never turns out the way I plan. Writing is an art form. Think of it like this… I am going to paint an owl on this canvas and I see it. The end piece is nothing like I imagined but somehow it is awesome but in a different way. When I start to type, my fingers take it away and I am no longer in the present. I don’t answer to my name being called, I don’t think about anything I have to do in reality. I am solely in the story. When I put it away, I take a few minutes to readjust myself into my world as Alisa. It is such a fascinating process. It blows my mind.
Now, it’s my turn to tag three authors. They will post their writing process and tag three more authors Monday, May 12th
First up is Nina Ceves. I have the pleasure of being in a few author groups with Nina. She and I are fellow Bostonians transplanted to different parts of the country. She has a great sense of humor and I admire her voice in her novels.It is a pleasure to have her as one of my authors.
Nina Ceves writes romantic fiction. One Month Stand is first in the About Time series, Opposite Day is the second in the About Time series. The Romance Novel Cure is the first in the Incurable Romantic series. A spin off to The Romance Novel Cure is coming soon: Dreaming Silas, which is first in the Dark Shifters series.
Nina Ceves wants to tell you stories about what happens when her imaginary friends fall in love. She is married to the love of her life, and he’s real. When not writing novels, she can be found gazing into space, murmuring. She won a ghost story contest one Halloween and it went to her head.
You can follow her at https://www.facebook.com/ninacevesrom…
Her website: http://www.ninaceves.com/
Up next is Lori Ryan. She and I met through a small author group and realized that she lives in Austin, so we are less than an hour apart! We speak almost daily about projects and coordinating a signing for local authors. I adore her already and can’t wait to watch our friendship grow.
Lori Ryan is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romance with a twist of suspense. She lives with an extremely understanding husband, two wonderful children, two mostly-behaved dogs, and a lone little cat in Austin, Texas. It’s a bit of a zoo, but she wouldn’t change a thing.
Lori published her first novel in April of 2013 and has written three more books since then. Each of Lori’s books have made their way to the Amazon bestseller list and she quickly climbed the Amazon bestselling author list, as well. In November, 2013, Lori and a group of romantic suspense authors landed on the USA Today and NY Times bestseller lists with an anthology only eight months after the release of Lori’s first book. Lori loves to connect with her readers. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to her blog. Oh, and if you’ve read Lori’s books and loved them, please consider leaving a review on Amazon.com or with the retailer of your choice. Writers live and die by their reviews and Lori promises to do a happy dance around her office every time you write one!
For Lori’s steamier romance, read the Sutton Capital Series. If you prefer a sweetheart romance, read Lori’s new Evers, Texas Series!
Last, but certainly not least is Sarah Robinson. Not only has she been a mentor to me over the past few months, but she is a good friend. We have a blast bantering with each other. It helps to have a great laugh when we are having a “stuck” day.
Sarah Robinson is a native of the Washington, DC area and has both her Bachelors and Masters Degree in psychology while working as a mental health therapist with poor and homeless populations with severe mental illnesses as well as an advocate for a national cancer research foundation. Her previous work experiences include working in a sex offender rehabilitation center, teaching victim empathy classes in an adult detention center, and counseling schizophrenic patients. All of these in depth work experiences in such intense environments have given her a plethora of experiences to draw from when writing crime dramas.
Writing has been her hobby since high school and she has been published several times from poetry to articles to short stories, and now novels. Her most recent article was published on Indie Writer’s Guide. Her most recent poetry was published in Blue Ink Literary Magazine.
Sarah Robinson’s Sand & Clay was her first full length novel and will have a sequel coming out in 2015. Sand & Clay reached Amazon’s Top 100 Hot Reads in October 2013. Her second book is called Tainted Bodies and is the first part of The Photographer Trilogy. Tainted Bodies came out on January 1st, 2014 with other parts of the trilogy to follow later in 2014. She also has a large following on the popular social media site for book lovers, Goodreads. Sarah Robinson’s Facebook fan site quickly exploded when she created it in September 2013 and has now reached over 9,600 likes. She updates it personally and loves interacting with her fans through all her social media platforms. Several blogs have also highlighted Sarah’s work including a one week blog tour in October 2013 highlighting her first novel, Sand & Clay, in which over 40 blogs participated in reviews, promos, cover reveals, interviews, and giveaways. This was followed by a second blog tour in February 2014 for her second book, Tainted Bodies, in which 65 blogs participated. Her third book, Tainted Pictures, will be the second installment in The Photographer Trilogy following Tainted Bodies and came out on April 18th, 2014!
Her writing often concentrates on the complexity of love and emotions and the struggles of finding your destined path through life as well as overcoming life’s tragedies and misfortunes. She combines psychological complexities and human emotions to create very real characters experiencing life in a very real way. Her books focus on redemption and forgiveness, learning to build on what has been broken.
Much of her inspirations come from the amazing love she shares with her new husband, Justin Robinson, and the emotions around falling head over heels in love with your soul mate. She and her new husband are also big animal rescue enthusiasts and have 16 pets as well as volunteering with multiple animal shelters and rescues. Together, they own a zoo of rescues including 2 dogs, 3 cats, 4 kittens, 1 box turtle, 1 snapping turtle, 3 smaller aquatic turtles, a baby beta fish named Jarvis, and a slew of minnow fish including several recent birth of almost 50 baby minnow fishies. Her celebrity idol is Ellen Degeneres, she even named one of her dogs after her (a Shih Tzu-Bichon mix named Elly) and she never misses a show, thanks to the powers of DVR!
Please be sure to follow these three amazing women next Monday as they share their writing processes with you. I can’t wait to see what awesome authors join us next week on their blog hops. Thank you ladies for being a part of mine!