The People on this Bus tell great stories

The People on this Bus tell great stories

Recently, I had a lovely exchange with a woman who entered a drawing to win a copy of my novel. She called me “one of the good ones” and I liked that phrase so much I adopted it as my own. I only met Sophfronia Scott once, briefly, at a picnic table. When she warmly invited me to join this virtual bus tour of writers, I knew that my initial impression was correct. She’s “one of the good ones.”
As you can see for yourself by going to her place. I’ll wait for you.
http://thebooksistah.com/authorsite/my-writing-process-blog-tour/

Well, now that you’ve returned, I’ll just step off the bus and answer four questions about my writing process.

WHAT AM I WORKING ON?

I can’t tell you. You understand, don’t you? I learned a long time ago that if I talk about what I’m working on it depletes the story.

HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE?

My novel has been called magic realism, women’s fiction, fantasy, literary, mystery, ghost story and horror. How about that? My work is different because it is every genre in one!

WHY DO I WRITE WHAT I DO?

I actually think I write myth. I write myth because my world is composed of more than its material aspects.

HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS WORK?

Messy. In my closet are six file boxes filled with drafts of my novel. I write longhand then type it in, print it, and edit. Repeat. I take notes on my own work. I write down the metaphors and recurrent images on a blank sheet of paper, creating a sort of word collage. Then I squint at it until I see the story beneath the story I wrote.

I’m going to step back on the bus now. Those of you who know me well, understand that this was quite a bit of public speaking for me. Luckily, the tour doesn’t end here.

I met Kali VanBaale whose debut novel, “The Space Between,” earned a 2007 American Book Award, while we were students together at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is fierce, and I mean this in the best way. The bus stops at her place on May 28th.
http://kalivanbaale.com/category/kali’s-picks/

I haven’t met Marie Manilla yet, but when I read about her novel, “The Patron Saint of Ugly” out this June, I ordered it immediately. It’s about a woman born with port-wine birthmarks covering her body that look like a map of the world. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Marie is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. The bus stops at her place on May28th.
www.mariemanilla.com

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