Thanks to Jamie Brenner, er, Logan Belle, for bringing me into this fun blog tour. Jamie writes young adult and historical (1920s) fiction under her own name. As Logan Belle, she writes contemporary romance and erotic romance. Her website is www.loganbelle.com.
1) What am I working on?
I’m writing Diamond Brides, a nine-book series of hot, contemporary romances. Each short novel tells the story of a different player on the (imaginary) Raleigh Rockets baseball team. The first book, Perfect Pitch [buy now!], is in stores now. The second, Catching Hell, will be released on April 13. The third, Reaching First, will be in stores on May 4, and all other books in the series will be released on the first Sunday of the month, from now till November.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Each Diamond Brides book features a heroine who is a smart, competent woman in a professional field. Each Diamond Brides hero is a sexy, confident baseball player who comes into conflict with the heroine, usually as a direct result of their professional interests being at odds. A little bit baseball, a big bit very spicy romance, the Diamond Brides series strikes a unique balance in fun, fast storytelling.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Growing up, I had no interest in any sport, including baseball. When I met and fell in love with the man who became my husband, I had to accept his lifelong love for baseball. While I originally learned about the game by rote memorization of facts, I came to appreciate the stories, the players’ individual histories, and I realized that I could build some fun, sexy, romantic stories around an imaginary major league team.
4) How does your writing process work?
I need to limit interruptions when I write — each break in concentration serves as an invitation to check my email, my Facebook page, my Twitter feed, my inbox again… Therefore, I structure my work week so that I have “Writing Days” on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I take care of everything else — publicity, promotion, paperwork, and a jumble of household obligations (laundry, anyone?)
On each Writing Day, I set a goal — generally a single 5000-word chapter (or, occasionally, editing of four chapters). I draft straight through, working from my outline (which is relatively sparse — three or four sentences for each chapter, describing the main action and character motivation for each major scene).
I do some “Spot Research”, tracking down specific details, such as the average number of home runs hit by a third baseman in a season. I also ask occasional questions on my Facebook page, having readers help me name businesses or confirm familiarity with words or phrases or similar input. (I sometimes give away a free copy of the book I’m drafting to people whose suggestions get incorporated into the work.) In my ongoing attempt to limit interruptions, though, I often leave blanks for Spot Research, going back to fill those blanks when I edit.
Upon finishing drafting a novel, I edit the manuscript, punching up characters’ motivations, emphasizing specific plot points, correcting clunky sentences, etc. After my editing passes, I circulate the work to my beta readers, who comment on general things (character, setting, plot, etc.) as well as some specific things (sentence structure, word choice, etc.) After I receive comments from all my beta readers, I revise the manuscript one more time, before sending it out to a copyeditor. After that, it’s just a matter of time before my baby is a book
Next week (April 14) visit:
Laura Anne Gilman, “Writer, Editor, Tired Person”, a novelist in many genres (and my first professional editor).
Amy Sterling Casil, a short story writer and novelist who blends various flavors of speculative fiction.
Sara Stamey, “Novelist, Editor, Teacher”, Book View Cafe’s newest member.