Blog Hop is a blog tour showcasing authors and their writing process.  I was tagged by the hard working and delightfully artistic author/illustrator Amanda Driscoll.   

You can see Amanda's work and track backward through the blog tour by visiting Amanda at:

I'm tagging Kristin Lenz, who will post June 8th.  You'll find her links at the end of this post.

And now... Me. 

1. What am I working on now?
I’m switching author gears at the moment.  I just sent a middle-grade revision out for beta reads.  While that is out of my hands, I’m returning to a Sci-Fi YA adventure that I started last fall.  The story is a lot of fun, with a good bit of mystery.  I’ve got a full and detailed outlined ready to go, but of course, ideas for new scenes keep working their way into the process.  My other author task is Co-ARA of SCBWI Midsouth.  In that role, I’ve been hard at work on the new website and setting up registration for the 2014 Midsouth Fall Conference.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Gee, how do I answer that without sounding full of myself?  I’m going to claim that my stories, regardless of genre, have a solid internal logic.  The plots work, the characters, while lively, are consistent.  I like to believe I dress that foundation in smart humor.

3. Why do I write what I do?
Probably so that the voices in my head will bother you instead of me.    I guess we could take a walk down memory lane and see what was important in my development as a person, but really, I just like doing this.  It’s who I am.  And who wouldn’t want to walk in Daniel Pinkwater’s shoes?  Metaphorically, of course.  He’s probably wearing the reals ones now, and that’d get awkward.

4. How does my writing process work?
Opening lines, simple scenes, a few words.  I get a germ of an idea and it just grows as I wander through my day, talking to myself.  I play in Kurt Land for a while, sometimes writing, sometimes just imagining, and eventually I’ve got characters and a plot.  Once I have a serious plan, of maybe even a draft, it’s time to pare things down to the relevant story, and to add in the support.  I don’t always outline ahead of time, though I recognize that my first draft is really just a very detailed outline.  I cannot overstress the importance of my critique group in the process of separating the wheat from the chaff, and finding holes that need filling.

Those are my current adventures in four questions.   For more author stories, check out Kristin Lenz’s post on YA Fusion on June 8th.

Kristin Lenz is a writer and social worker whose career has taken her from a teen runaway shelter to an urban hospital, from rural Appalachia to inner-city Detroit. She is the newsletter editor for the Michigan chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and is represented by Carrie Pestritto at The Prospect Agency.