How to Hop a Blog

I tricked you a bit…
I don’t really know how to hop a blog.
But I got your attention,
so now you can enjoy the answers to questions that have been given to me on a blog hop.

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My writing partner, Lisa Godfrees, gave me the honour of answering some questions about my writing process.
If you want Β to check her post then visit her blog,
or if you want to read some of her fantabulous writing, check out her short story that was just published.
You’ll like it!

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Now to the questions…

What am I working on?
Well, I am working on the retelling of a Biblical story,
but in a very fresh new way…
I hate to say much more than that.
But keep close as I’ll be revealing in a month or so. πŸ™‚
It’s challenging me in new and wonderful ways.

I also have a couple of short stories I’m working on,
both of them dealing with girls of African descent.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?
It’s written by me…lol. πŸ˜‰
In all seriousness,
as a Black Canadian who grew up in an all white neighbourhood,
I like to believe I like to believe I have a unique way of looking at the world…

But really, there is no story that hasn’t been told,
it’s the way that I tell it that is unique. πŸ™‚

Why do I write what I do?

Is it me or is it getting hot in here?
These questions are tough!

I write about characters looking for something deeper,
something more than themselves.
I’ve written stuff with an apparent Christian thread,
and other stuff that doesn’t say God’s name.
But I like to think that my searching,
probing way of writing will get others to think about themselves,
and who they are.

To come away with a question,
that only God can answer.

How does my writing process work?

First I do an outline for my book (I use the Snowflake method).
Then I write down fast and furious without looking back–
the whole novel without filtering anything.
I then go back and make general story tweaks.
Finaly,Β I begin the editing process.

I am a busy person,
(too busy of late!),
but I try to commit to writing 1000 words a day.

I am a night owl,
so I write after the kids have gone to bed. πŸ™‚

Well, that’s it for me.
I will be passing the torch on to the following people:

Heather Bootsma: She was one of my first writing buddies ever (truth be told…I taught her English when she was being homeschooled…that does not make me old!) She loves historical writing and reading.

Linda Jonasson: Another writer friend in my local writer’s group. She hosts a blog that deals with a lot of interesting non-fiction topics. A devoted writer and someone I am happy to spend my time writing with. πŸ™‚

Sarah Grimm: Author of the book Breathless and an editor at Splickety Magazine and Pelican Book Group. As well, she is an amazing writer and friend. πŸ™‚