Sunday, 25 May 2014

Blog Hop - Writer's process interview.

Hi Everyone,

It is my turn to write a blog post in the writing process blog tour. I am sorry I am two days late for posting, but my life has taken some unexpected plot twists lately! I was simply too tired to write anything until today (and even then, I am not sure I am completely with it yet!).

I would first like to acknowledge Christine Ardigo for inviting me onto the tour. She is an amazing writer and friend. You can read an interview with her just below this post. I wish her the greatest success with her new book, Cheating to Survive. It is a great read by a very talented new author. You can read all about her book in the interview post, along with her links.

So, here are my answers to the questions posed in this interview.

1) What am I working on?

Well, right now I am working on the third book in my haunted by the past series. It is the story of Jade, who was introduced in the previous book. She can't remember anything from her past, before the age of fourteen. She was discovered wandering the streets covered in blood, but she has no idea what happened to her. Unfortunately, the past she wishes to never remember refuses to be ignored. Someone wants Jade to recall her past, but she has no idea who or why. Slater is the PI that gets caught up in her troubles and finds himself haunted by a ghost that won't leave him alone. I am really enjoying writing this book! I can't wait to finish and publish it.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I like to put an unusual twist on all my stories. One series has fairy godmother's that run their own dating agency and the other series are mysteries with a paranormal twist. I love things that are unusual and interesting. With my mysteries, I like to think of plots that leave people guessing. So far, nobody has told me that they knew the ending before they read it. That makes me very happy!

3) Why do I write what I do?

I am an incurable romantic, but I also love things that are unusual and interesting. I love to explore characters and unusual events. I am always dreaming up something new. It has to be interesting to me, or I can't write it. At the heart of every story is a true love. It couldn't be any other way for me.

 4) How does your writing process work?

I have an initial idea. That burst of inspiration that fires up my imagination and starts the drive to explore and write a story. I spend time with the characters and idea in my mind, exploring it with my imagination. This will often produce key events and situations that I want to include in the book. As I start to write the story, often new ideas and angles work their way into the book as my characters take life and show me the direction they are heading in. Writing the actual book can often be different each time. I will need to stop and research some areas or a scene doesn't fit that I originally thought would. Every project is different, but that's what makes it great. I don't think my process is totally the same for every book. Some are easy and others challenge me. I like it both ways!

Now I would like to introduce an author who I have recently become friends with. Her name is Katie McKnight. She will be posting her blog hop in approx. a week from today.

Katie McKnight lives on Long Island with her husband and three sons.  She published a suspenseful-romance novel entitled Secrets Revealed in August 2013 and is currently working on her second novel.  When she is not writing, you’ll find her at the town animal shelter preparing dogs to meet their forever families.  You can find the Facebook addict at .

The setting for SECRETS REVEALED spans from Long Island to the mountains of Pennsylvania during Christmas, the most romantic time of the year.

Most people are drawn to entertainment magazines and television news shows.  These outlets provide insight into the lives of the rich and famous.  How do public figures handle scandal when it hits the airwaves? 

SECRETS REVEALED provides a sneak peek into the lives of Broadway actress Melanie O'Shaughnessy and her husband Ryan Carlisle.  Find out how they deal when a secret from her past escalates into blackmail, kidnapping  and murder.

Thank you for reading this blog hop interview. Sorry again for it being a little late! Life certainly has a way of changing and really fast sometimes. Thank you to Christine for inviting me onto this hop and to Katie for allowing me to introduce her.


  1. Great interview and insight into your writing process. Like you, Danielle, I'm an incurable romantic. There's got to be a happy-ever-after for me to be fulfilled.

    I like the way you differentiate your work. Unpredictable ending is always a winner. You've got to finish Jade's story. Happy writing.

    Hi Katie, congrats on your new release.

    1. Thanks, Stella. I have managed to do some work on Jade's story over last weekend, but am sure it will be easier this next one, as my husband is working. I will have some time to start working on the climax of the story. I only have a few chapters to go before I can start editing. Hopefully it won't be long.

      Your interview is great, by the way. Hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I did. :)

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