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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The 2014 literary blog tour - My Writing Process!

Nikki Bennett will post to the Literary Blog Tour, My Writing Process!

On September 7th 2014, poet Nikki Bennett will post her contribution to her Facebook Page! Do look her up at Nikki Bennett and then explore her website. Worth making time for this! This is part of a national trail. For my contribution, see this blog, http:// on August 22nd.

Friday, 22 August 2014

My Writing Process - A literary blog tour!

My Writing Process

Hope this turns into a blog post. Not too sure what I'm doing but wanted to announce that I've just been tagged in a literary blog tour by Jacqueline Farrell . If you ever thought vampires and crones were not for you, Jackie could change your mind!

As for me, well, consider the following:

1.What am I working on?

I am writing a trilogy entitled The Craig Lowrie Chronicles, and - being me - I have started in the middle with (working title) The Marie Antoinette Factor. In 1793 - the year of Marie Antoinette's execution - a French seamstress and a clan chief meet on the west coast of Scotland. Danger from sources at home and abroad threaten them and the novel explores how they adapt to and - in some cases - master change imposed upon them by huge external forces. With lots of fancy footwork, the use of a dirk and glimpses of exquisite embroidery. Read on  . . .

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? In a word, depth. The novel's characters, good or evil, make mistakes and work through them. There is also humour in the sub-plots. And, although the conventions of historical romance are the starting points - and I am not breaking any moulds - the story moves on from there.

3.Why do I write what I do? Because I am a story-teller but I also like to explore issues and follow my characters where they lead within that context. The whole experience is something of a box of delights: art, craft, following trails of research and so on and so forth.

4. How does my writing process work?

Office hours for research and planning (I even use Excel). But I like to start by telling the story and that process can happen in a notebook in the queue at the supermarket. Once I have the plot draft (story) complete, I go back and polish till it shines. This could go on for ever so I use a peer critique group to give me deadlines! Having been a published journalist for 25 years, I'm a bit pavlovian about the word 'Deadline!'

Many thanks to Jackie Farrell - and do visit her website - for inviting me to contribute to this blog tour. I'll post when 'The Marie Antoinette Factor' is close to publication.

In the meantime, I'd like to nominate a poet to take up the challenge. Nikki Bennett is a well-known poet, appearing in a number of anthologies. Check out her beautiful poetry  at
 and look out for her blog on this literary blog tour  later in September (I'll post when I know the exact date!)_