What am I working on?
Currently I am editing the Lightweight series from Metahuman press. Lightweight is a monthly ebook serial about a young, high schooler, who happens to be a superhero.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Right now with the establishment of Kindle Publishing and more generally ebook publishing as mainstream, the Internet is seeing a rebirth of serialized fiction. Lightweight can be purchased monthly, or as the series comes to a close it can be purchased in a ebook that includes the full run.
Why do I write what I do?
There are tons of books out there about real life or some snazzed up version of real life. I read books, watch movies, and play video games to escape reality. I want to see new worlds, meet new types of people, to “Go boldly where no one has gone before!” I want adventure and excitement, not day-to-day fiction based on everyday life. I know that there are other readers out there who feel the same way I do. I write for them. I write so that maybe for a few hours out of the day my readers can relax and feel the wonders of the universe—to see something new that sparks joy in their soul.
How does your writing process work?
I get an idea for a story/essay/poem in my mind and to me it looks like a movie. The scene moves logically in my mind in a linear fashion, so I don’t plot or plan my writing that much. If a story is rather complicated I might make a quick outline, but I am more likely to just use a post-it note for a handy reminder of something crucial.
So let’s say I have the idea for a new short story. I am going to run through the opening scene in my mind, but I don’t want to start thinking too much about the details. The details come in as I am writing the prose. I want to experience the words as my characters experience them; I have a very immersive style. I want to walk into the room as my character and feel the sawdust beneath my feet, for my nose to tickle with the dust my boots churned up, and need a drink to clear my throat. One of my mentors, Shannon Taylor Vannatter, taught me to always use the five senses in my writing: touch, taste, smell, hear, sight, but often writers rely too much on sight. When the rain pelts a windowpane, or jasmine scents the wind, or a child bites into tart apple; these are as important as sight. The senses add dimension to our words.
I write until I have nothing more to say, and then I go back to the beginning and edit. Editing to me is art. I want to use as few words as possible to convey my meaning. I want the language to do the heavy lifting. A good word choice is a diamond. The initial sentence is like a diamond in the rough. You have to shave off the dirt and inclusions to get to the essence below, and once you do, you have brilliance. You have fire!
I was invited to the blog hop by the ever wonderful Cindy S. Loven!
My two guests are:
Nancy Hansen is the author of the novels FORTUNE’S PAWN and PROPHECY’S GAMBIT, and anthologies TALES OF THE VAGABOND BARDS and THE HUNTRESS OF GREENWOOD. She is an author and editor, currently published with Pro Se Press, Airship 27, and Mechanoid Press. You can find her books in both paperback and ebook on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Smashwords. Here is the link to Nancy’s Hop.
Bonnie J. Sterling. Christian. Nerd. Fiction lover. Voracious reader. Bonnie is the author of “Ice Beauty” found in the MODERN GODS anthology of Metahuman Press, and “Troubled Waters” in the TO LOVE AND DIE Anthology from Pro Se Press. She is a blogger in her own right, and for Marketplace Connection. Her plays have been performed as several locations around the state of Arkansas. Bonnie’s articles have been published in the online magazine, FamilyRoom and in Riggs Today, along with her photography.