21 Apr 2014

Work-In-Progress Blog Hop

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Amy Metz, author of Murder and Mayhem at Goosepimple Junction and the woman behind  

http://abluemillionbooks.blogspot.com 

has kindly asked me to take part in a blog hop.

Since all I needed to do was answer four questions and tag some of my friends, I thought it was a no brainer:

1) What am I working on?
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I am currently working on several projects: an epic historical novel set in Scandinavia, mainly Finland, from 1918 – 1950, currently with the working title “In Search of a Revolution”, it tells the story of two friends on opposing political sides and how their lives change during the various wars being fought in Europe during that era; I also just started writing a psychological thriller, currently called “The Healer” which my partner had the idea for last week. I have not been able to stop writing it; besides of all this, I am proof reading my new novel “Time To Let Go” one last time, so I can publish it May 15th. 
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2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
That is a tough one to answer. I write about things that I believe have not been covered much by other authors, and I add what strikes me as worth reading about my subjects. In my historical novels I try to cover lesser known topics and to add much facts and data as background for the story. Every writer has their unique writing style in one way or another and I hope mine is different. 
3) Why do I write what I do?
Curiosity and fascination with certain topics usually gets me reading or thinking about something for a while and then my imagination fills in the rest of the story. I write about the things that interest me and what I believe is worth reading about: Germany after the war, but not just Nuremburg and Nazis on the run; Slovakia during WW2, which is often forgotten about, since the focus in that area is usually on the Sudetenland and the Nazi occupied territory; Alzheimers’ as a family problem; WW2 from the Scandinavian perspective… these are books I would pick up and read. images (5)
4) How does my writing process work?
After an initial period of research and reading up on the subject matter, I begin a feverish first draft where all of my ideas need to come out; some are just plain downright daft and quickly get binned whereas others make it into the final draft of the story. 
I keep going back to my previous chapters though to go over what I have written before moving forward. I keep rewriting and editing the story until I think it might be ready for someone else to read it. Of late I have had more people, especially other writers, kindly do that for me. Because of their helpful feedback I have been repeating the rewriting process more often. I have two editors who correct my grammar and spelling and a fantastic designer for the covers. 
I tag Dianne Harman:
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Dianne Harman draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, leaving that industry and opening two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors. An avid reader, Dianne brings the richness of her life experiences to her novels, Blue Coyote Motel, Tea Party Teddy, Coyote in Provence, and Tea Party Teddy’s Legacy.
Dianne Harman, Author
Contributor: Huffington Post
Smashwords: http://ow.ly/u4Fb2
Web Site http://www.DianneHarman.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/DianneDHarman
I tag Ian Hutson
Born during tiffin in the sea-side town of Cleethorpes, England, at half-past nineteen-sixty. Hong Kong, Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, Banham Zoo in Norfolk, British Civil Service in areas much too foul to be named. Now lives by candlelight in a hedgerow in rural Lincolnshire as a peacenik vegan hippie drop-out, darning old socks and living on fresh air and a sense of the ridiculous. Author of NGLND XPX7043626
Dog person not a cat person. Favourite colours include faded tangerine and cobalt blue. Fatally allergic to Penicillin and very nearly so to Jerusalem Artichokes. Loves coffee and loves curry. Has tried his hardest all of his life to ride bicycles but simply looks like a deranged, overweight orang-utan on wheels. Favourite film Blade Runner. Uses the word “splendid” far too much.
twitter username dieselelephants
I tag Chris Westlake

Chris Westlake was awarded 1st place in the Global Short Stories Award 2010, 1st place in the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award 2011, 2nd place in the HASSRA 2010 Literary Award, short-listed for the Stringybark Short Story Award 2011 and short-listed for the Stringybark Young Adult Award 2013.  26d6e88be2dd0ac1d188da.L._V357996549_SX200_

Chris is strongly influenced by his upbringing in Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, and his writing always has a welsh link or welsh setting, and Chris is committed to continuing this trend. His next novel explore the modern history of towns such as Porthcawl and Merthyr Tydfil.

Chris devoted 2012 to his first novel, Just a Bit of Banter, Like, which is a dark comedy.

I had the pleasure of being tagged a second time by the wonderful Uvi Poznansky here:

http://uviart.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/the-writing-process-blog-tour.html

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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