Blog Hop – Victoria Smith

meA few weeks ago, Victoria Smith joined in my blog hop. Here are her answers to the four writing questions. For more about Victoria, please check out her website:

Thanks, Victoria!

1) What am I working on?

Due to Camp NaNo, I’ve put edits for Girl Tries Life on hold at the moment so that I could write new material for  Book 2, Girl Tries love. It’s a series set on Rothnarr, a remote island on the West Coast of Scotland.  During Camp NaNo I was also inspired with ideas for a couple of children’s books, and I have a new adult contemporary romance on the back burner set in S.E. Asia.  So… I have plenty to keep myself busy.

2) How does my work differ from others in the same genre?

There are billions books of books out there in the world, so how do I really know that my work is different? I believe that I give my characters a strong voice. I think I straddle the line between chick lit and contemporary romance.  Crazy things happen to my characters, but they are ultimately strong women.  Love, however, can make the strongest person do strange things.

3) Why do I write what I write?

I’m not going to say I have a literary masterpiece in me… it might happen yet, but until then I write what I enjoy reading. I read across multiple genres, but the ones that make me feel good, laugh and smile as I close the pages are generally chick lit.

4) How does my writing process work?

Process?  Hmmm, depends on the month.  If it’s Camp NaNo or NaNoWriMo, I’m in my sprinting element.  Outside of those months of productive chaos, the process is all over the place.  The one thing I learned and learned HARD from my first draft of my first book is that I need a strong outline. While I’d much rather, in the spur of the moment, write to my heart’s content, if I’m honest with myself I have one or two scenes perfectly envisioned, but don’t know how to tie the rest of the story together. If I properly spend time on the outline, then I can keep the writing momentum going and there is much less rework at the other end.  It makes my first draft pretty darn clean.

Other bits of my process?  Coffee, coffee and coffee.  Okay, occasionally tea, but coffee to start.


Gary Bonn – Blog Hop



Many thanks to Gary Bonn for tagging me in his blog hop last week.

Here are his answers to the same questions.

For more information about Gary and his writing, please check out his website: or Twitter @garybonn


What am I working on?

I shouldn’t be writing. What I should be doing is…

1) Editing other people’s books to help them (and my bank account)

2) Re-writing six books I’ve already written and bringing them up to a better standard.

3) Doing a final structural edit of two of my books that are about to be published.

… but what I’m actually doing is writing a book about a young woman who is snatched from her apprenticeship, thrown, against her will, into university, and asked to save the world from mathematicians, who are inadvertently in league with the devil.

How does my work differ from other works in the same genre?

I write in… let me count… um, lots of genres. Help! I don’t know how to answer this question. I have a note from my mum and everything.

My Y/A books, already published, are theme-driven and the themes are pretty unusual. Sadly, there are no girls falling in love with vampires, but there is 17 year-old Jason who has lived feral on beaches since he ran from a children’s home at 11 and thinks in a way that is pivotal in resolving a nationwide crisis (Expect Civilian Casualties), and Beatha, of the same age, whose struggle with mental illness inspires the rest of humanity; well, those people who don’t want her dead (The Evil and the Fear).

Why do I write what I write?

Themes! As well as editing fiction I edit autobiography. There’s nothing more inspiring and mind-blowing than the themes that develop through someone’s life. They are the intoxicating revelations, the passions, the motivations behind whole crusades, heroism and the paradigm-shifts that turn our perceptions upside-down. These are what my life is about and I want to share them.

How does my writing process work?

A bit like a prototype racing car. Terrifying, unpredictable and high-octane, or sat in the garage for days while people scratch their heads.



Blog Hop

Many thanks to Gary Bonn for tagging me in this blog hop and posing the following four questions:

What am I working on?

Sitting here at my desk today, I have to; catch up with my blog as I’ve ignored it while on holiday, write an article for a writing group newsletter, prepare a presentation for a writer’s workshop on Saturday on Raising the Stakes, try to complete my list of tasks for a writer’s group board meeting plus update the group’s website and Facebook pages, read and edit chapters for an online critique group meeting tonight and remember to turn on Skype at 7pm for same meeting.

If I can squeeze any actual writing time today, I want to edit the first chapter of the current novel I’m working on – Sing Inside The Thunder.  I didn’t do any writing when I was on holiday – just got back last night so I’m pretty jet-lagged and have mounds of laundry to get through – but I got in some very valuable thinking time and have lots of ideas to strengthen/deepen the story I’m currently working on.

How does my work differ from other works in the same genre?

That’s a difficult question because I write in a few genres – romance, women’s fiction and children’s – and like every other writer out there, my aim is to craft ‘a good story well told’. So how is my work different? My voice, tone and personal outlook on life, I hope.

Why do I write what I write?

My stories all come from the heart with characters and situations I feel passionate about. However, I have noticed a common theme which frequently creeps in – the idea what we get second chances in life. Interesting, given that my favourite book of all time is Persuasion by Jane Austen.

How does my writing process work?

Irregularly irregular.  Sometimes I write like a fiend for days, sometimes I just do a lot of planning or editing and rewriting. But I do try – when I’m not on holiday – to get in at least one hour every day of solid new writing.  (Sadly, won’t happen today. The pile of laundry seems to be growing!)

Tagging forward: Mahrie G. Reid, Victoria Smith and Vivien Martin