My Writing Process – By Yours Truly

My Writing Process – By Yours Truly

February 24, 2014


I usually don’t do this stuff quite this often, but this is my second week in a row participating in some sort of blog meme. To be honest, it’s come at a good time because I’m pretty busy with the launch of a book and haven’t had the usual Monday to devote to writing for Cold. So, I do hope you enjoy this question and answer format. It’s kind of fun. And certainly something a little different from what I tend to post.

But before we proceed, I want to thank Eden Baylee (and Billy Ray Chitwood) who involved me in this blog tour. Eden is a multi-genre author (erotica and mystery!) and her post is just great. It can be found here:

Billy Ray, unfortunately, had to bow out. Nevertheless, he can be found here:

And away we go:

1) What am I working on? 
I am perilously close to the publication of my first novel, The Bone Church. It’s a historical spy novel featuring a Jesuit priest, a reckless sculptor intent on making a big political statement and a gypsy with a dangerous sex life. It takes place in both 1943 and 1956.

Bone Church Cover

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
My work is very atmospheric and often blurs the line between illusion and reality. In The Bone Church, for instance, my Jesuit protagonist, Felix Andel, suffers from a series of extraordinary visions. Otherwise, it’s a pretty straightforward Daniel Silva meets Alan Furst style thriller. I don’t stray too far off the reservation. I like my thrillers to be, well…thrillers.

orson in third man

3) Why do I write what I do? 
Just take one look around this blog 🙂 I grew up with a lot of drinking and smoking and storytelling at my dinner table. And these were crazy, dangerous, true-to-life James Bond-y stories told by eccentric, high-wire act people. I love those stories – those Cold War stories. Tales with real stakes that force life and death decisions. The kinds of decisions that aren’t neat or clean and can effect generations. I don’t see how I could have become a writer of, say, navel-gazing post-modern novels. I have no patience for those, actually.

cold war passion

4) How does your writing process work? 
I sit down and type. If it’s morning, I have coffee. If it’s evening, I have rye whiskey – maybe a cigarette. Honestly, truly. I love to write. It has never been a process or a labor for me. I can’t wait to hit my keyboard in the morning and I’ve never had a moment of writer’s block. Not saying I won’t – just saying I haven’t.

friday night

Thanks so much for reading. I hope this has been in the least bit interesting or illuminating or you. And please join these three wonderful writers and bloggers next week for their turn:

Sheila Webster Boneham writes fiction and nonfiction, much of it focused on animals, nature, and travel. Sheila’s mystery novel Drop Dead on Recall (Midnight Ink, 2012) was named on the Top Ten Dog Books of 2012 by NBC Petside.

Jack Dougherty has for more than 20 years worked at the intersection of business, politics, news media and advocacy. His first novel, Corporate America, is a wild and wicked thriller that has been named one of Amazon’s best in its genre.

Jill Weatherholt is a blogger and writer with a passion for books, perusing author websites, blogs about writing and most importantly, writing.

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