I was tagged by Eva Ridenhour, another young author, in The Writing Process: Blog Tour. Basically, when you're tagged, you answer a few questions and then tag someone else and it goes on. So here are my answers to the questions:
What am I working on?
I am working on the third book in The Matt and Teresa Mystery series. I don't have a title yet, although I've finished the first draft and have begun editing. It's set at a summer camp. While Matt faces a bully, Teresa tries to make friends with her bunk-mate. She accidentally catches a glimpse of some mysterious words in the girl's journal which sends the kids into another adventure.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
While a lot of mysteries just focus on the problem, I have tried to add a family layer to my books. The family dog, Rusty, who is a mischievous Golden Retriever, always plays a big role. Also, the main characters are homeschooled.
Why do I write what I do?
Before I began working on my books, I always loved mysteries. Although there were so many mysteries, there were only certain ones that I liked. Those were typically books that had more of a family angle to them and/or books that pets were involved with and I really wanted to write a book like that.
How does my writing process work?
I brainstorm a lot before I begin writing. Even though I always change something as I'm writing, I try to know where I'm going. I make notecards for every chapter and write a little bit about what will happen on each card. Then, I'll start writing. And I'll write, write, write until I finish my first draft. Then, I'll begin the editing. I will read through it a few times to myself; read it aloud to my writing group and I'll ask a couple people including my mom to read and make suggestions. That's basically my writing process.
Who’s Up NEXT Week (or so)?
I hope you enjoyed this blog post.