My writing process Blog Hop!
So…what is this? This blog tour is where writers and authors answer
questions about their writing process.
I was invited to this event by the creeptastic Rhonda Hopkins.
You can read about her process here: Rhonda Hopkins Blog | Rhonda Hopkins Facebook
I’ve been enjoying the other posts coming up and seeing other authors processes, and I hope that you will too.
1) What am I working on?
Well, I’ve just finished working on ‘Odium II. The Dead Saga,’ (releasing May 9th) and have now started the accompanying
novella ‘Odium Origins. A Dead Saga Novella Pt Two.’
I love writing these novellas, probably more than the full books they go with. There’s a lot of thought and background work which goes into each character in the books, and this information rarely gets used for anything other than just me getting to know the character fully. Certainly no one would normally see this background history. But this is where all the fun begins
for me, building that character profile, their history and such. These novellas show certain parts of the characters’ lives. Obviously I can’t do every character, so I hand pick some of my favourite for readers to get a deeper look at, and hopefully give more depth to these characters for them.
After Odium Origins Pt 2, I’ll be working on a short piece I’m writing as part of a collaboration with two other great writers.
It’s about three serial killers and the nature vs nurture aspect I guess. I can’t say much more than that now, but needless to say I’m having great fun writing it!
After that it will be the (long awaited) ‘Limerence II. Mia’ and a ton of other short stories that I’ve been working on for other
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
People have told me that my writing style is very physical, in the sense that you get to ‘touch’ ‘smell’ and ‘feel’ what each character goes through. Making the characters as real as possible for the reader I think helps. I love writing old school
style horror as well. Shuffling zombies, bloodthirsty vampires, no new angles, just plain, simple horror.
3) Why do I write what I do?
So far I’ve only written dark paranormal and horror, but I do have several erotic romance stories under way and a crime
thriller. I like to read pretty much any genre, believing that you should be as open as possible when reading, and that
opens up a lot of the genres for writing too. So far I’ve stuck with horror as this is what I’ve always known. For as far
back as I can remember I’ve been thinking up creepy little tales ha ha.
4) How does your writing process work?
Generally I’ll write out a plot which will be anything from 5’000 to 10’000 words. Then I start writing. Nine times out of ten,
the story ends up so different from my actual plot that I wonder why I even bothered writing one in the first place! BUT
when I’m stuck in a rut and fighting writers block, I do find that re-reading my plot outline gets the juices going again and
helps get me back on track.
So, I try—I really try, to outline and plot, but generally my best ideas come to me when I let go and let my characters go
and do their own thing, surprising us both!
So now it’s my turn to invite three authors to carry on the blog tour. I’m going to invite the following:
Ken Mooney—he was born in Dublin in the middle of the 1980s; he still lives there. He holds a degree in English Studies
from TCD, which he totally uses every day during his day-job in TV advertising...totally.
He's always been obsessed with stories, reading, writing and playing them; that explains the massive collection
of books, comics, video games and discarded Word documents. His writing is a combination of all the things that he's passionate about, all the way through high-and-low-brow.
Godhead is his first novel, an idea that's been floating around his head for nearly fifteen years; there might even be
a (few) sequel(s) if he ever gets around to writing them...
Ken Mooney Facebook
Tracey Ward—author of the Quarantined Series and the Survival Series plus many more.
She was born in Eugene, Oregon and studied English Literature at the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) It was there that
she discovered why Latin is a dead language and that being an English teacher was not actually what she wanted to do
with her life.
Her husband, son and snuggly pitbull are her world.
Tracey Ward Facebook
Jack Wallen—His works span genres and weave evil, conspiracy, and fear into nightmarish worlds.
Jack has been given the title "Zombie King" by his readers and fans. He didn't garner that title by dining on the brains of helpless victims. It was only after writing until his fingers and mind were nothing but meat for the beasts that he became a
master of the zombie genre. During that haunted hay ride Jack produced works of fiction enjoyable by not just zombie fans, but anyone daring to take a peek into what might possibly become of humanity.
Of course, being of the insane writer clan, Jack isn't just happy with the penning of zombie fiction. Oh no, the nightmare
does not end there. Like the late, great Freddy Mercury, Jack wants it all -- so, he will continue twisting the horror
genre to meet his disturbed mind as well as write his Fringe Killer and Screampark series, and his joyous celebration of
all things diverse -- Shero.
For his inspiration to begin reading and writing, Jack thanks the ever-incredible Clive Barker for penning in a genre with
words of grace and horror.
Jack Wallen Facebook
Claire C Riley ♥
Drum roll please....... all votes have now been verified, and the winner of the signed paperback of Godhead is...
Laura James! CONGRATULATIONS! Please contact me with your address so I can get the book posted out to you.
Okay, so on with tonights show. Tonight we have an amazing flash fiction piece from Ken Mooney, and trust me when I say this, you are in for a real treat!
The Fall Of Bacchus Flash Fiction Piece
She looks in the mirror once more, smoothing the non-existent creases across her white bodice, feeling the intricate embroidery on her fingertips. She tries to hold a pose, dignified steel in her eyes, but can’t resist the smile that spreads across her lips, the wonder and glee in her eyes.
Let's Get To Know Ken A Little Bit More
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Where did you grow up?
What made you start writing?
I've always wanted to do it. I think I started with something that would best be described as "fanfiction" now, though I hate that word. That's right, Power Rangers fan-fiction. I went there…(I was eight…)
Is it something that you have always wanted to do?
Yep, absolutely. I can't think of a time where I've ever not wanted to, or where it wasn't on the cards in some form.
What is your favourite genre to read, and do you have any favourite books or authors you would like to recommend?
I love all sorts of genres, and it's one of my pet peeves to generalise by genres: there are amazing genre books, and there's an awful lot of trash out there. But the same goes for literary fiction and the classics.
On the fact of it, I guess I like horror, fantasy, sci-fi thrillers, but usually ones with a real-world focus. I'm a big fan of writers that can write a traditional novel but with a genre twist, writers like Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton-Ellis, Douglas Coupland.
Though I think that could say more that I'm a fan of broken characters rather than specific genres.
Do you ever base your characters on anyone that you know, or are they solely from your imagination?
I'd love to say no, but I think that would be a lie: I think all writers take elements of the world around them when building a world or the characters within that world.
Strictly speaking, that's still a no. But there are expressions, turns of phrase, relationships between characters that I have…borrowed from real life. Perhaps two characters might interact in a fashion similar to a couple I see on the bus, or a character might look lik someone I used to work with, but that's only one small aspect of that character or what makes them. I don't think I'd ever be brave enough to base a character fully on anyone I know.
About your book‘s.
Tell us about your latest book. The story/plot.
The latest release is called Godhead, and it's a dark fantasy that brings the Greek gods to the present day. It's a story of gods and demons, with humans stuck in the middle of an epic struggle that they could never truly comprehend.
The gods of Olympus have been betrayed by Aphrodite; the city's been destroyed and the gods are left roaming the earth, trying to fit in with humanity. Thousands of years later, some of their descendants try to continue their work, and Godhead follows a handful of these descendants, only some of whom know who and what they are. Into the middle of this mix, Aphrodite rears her head once more, thinking he might have found a way home. And that our characters' inexperience may be the key to getting her there.
What gave you the idea?
I've always loved classical mythology and religion, and I've always been a big fan of any story where good fights evil: it's a perfect backdrop for the greater stories about what makes us tick and why. I can't pinpoint a specific time or place that Godhead came about, since it was actually born from a couple of different ideas coming together.
What genre is it?
It's a dark fantasy, but set in the present day, so there's a lot in common with contemporary and urban fantasy, along with a healthy dose of classical and comic-book references.
Who is your favourite character? And why?
When I was first writing the book, I thought my favourite character was Megan: she was an easy character to get into her head, and while I treat the book as an ensemble, she's probably the major character during the book's opening. But then a few drafts later, I'd fleshed out Aphrodite and her motivations, and her character and…there's just something about her that I can't put my finger on, but I absolutely love. She's a villain, but her motivations are pure, and come from a place of very human emotion.
Least favourite character? Oh, that's a tricky one? I find Hannah a bit frustrating to write, all for much the same reasons as I like Aphrodite: Hannah's pretty stuck in her own world, completely and utterly wrapped up in what she considers to be important. She's so anal that it's difficult to get through to her, either as a friend, a reader, or a writer. Mind you, that's exactly how she's supposed to be, so I can't really complain, can I?
What are your hopes for it?
I just genuinely want people to read it and enjoy it. I love to obsess over books, and so far, a few readers have obsessed over the book, which has been pretty cool.
I've quite a visual idea in my head of how everything looks, and I would love to see the day where Godhead gets turned into a comic or a movie or TV series. But it's not for the money or the fame: it's just to see all this cool stuff play out in that visual style.
What’s the project that you’re going to be working on next?
I'm currently working on the sequel to Godhead; it's called The Hades Contract, and I'm hoping to have it out in early 2014.
There's also an unrelated project called The Magician's Kiss that I may revisit if I have the time.
And there's also a non-fiction book too, that I can't really talk about at the moment…but it'll fit in with the general feel of Godhead…
What’s the best piece of advice that you have been given in regards to your writing, and by whom?
I attended a writing seminar in 2012, around the time when I was trying to decide if I really wanted to write something or not, if I truly wanted to do this. It was presented by Vanessa O'Loughlin, though she also publishes as Vanessa Fox. There were two things she mentioned in passing that have run through my mind when writing and editing: the first was to know what your characters' weaknesses are, to know what they're afraid of. I don't think it even needs to be on the page, but you need to know in your head. Also, in terms of description…you should know where the light is coming from. When you're writing a fantasy book, that's especially interesting, because you also know where the shadows are…
If you haven't checked out his novel yet, then I hope that I've convinced you too. Be sure to leave a review in all the correct places after reading too.
Ken Mooney Godhead giveaway.
Tonight we have Ken Mooney on the blog with his book Godhead. Yep, he was here over the weekend as he had his ebook for free, which if I'm totally honest, threw out my schedule!
Anyway, he's had a slap on the wrist for it, and it looks like it's all worked in our favour since he is now offering a FREE signed paperback of Godhead! Wooooo!
All you have to do is go over to his Facebook page and give him a 'like'
that's it. If you already 'like' him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter
Once you have done one or both of those things (doing both gets you two chances), go to the event page and leave the comment: 'Aphrodite is a naughty goddess'. http://bit.ly/18wYasS Once all entries have been verified, I'll announce a winner. This competition will go on until tomorrow morning, so don't think that it's too late for you.
If you want to read more after the excerpt attached, go directly to his website to read an extra little snippet.
Tomorrow night he'll be back again with an amazing flashfiction piece entitled 'The fall of Bacchus'
Ken Mooney was born in Dublin, Ireland and still lives there. From an early age, he wanted to be an author or a writer, going all the way back to when he used to write continuations of his favourite TV shows, films and comics: it's too embarrassing to discuss the contents here and now.
Ken attended Trinity College Dublin where he studied English Literature, furthering his love of genre fiction and the act of storytelling. A variety of desk jobs helped to pay the bills, but Ken was always found tapping away at a keyboard, and just couldn't get certain ideas out of his head.
Godhead was one of those ideas; it was originally written nearly fifteen years ago. Like most things, it's changed significantly since then, but the bare bones are still there. What it's turned into, however, is something completely different.
Ken works in the TV advertising industry, and when not writing or working, he can usually be found reading all sorts of literature or comics, playing video games, watching TV or movies...and then arguing over their literary merit (or lack thereof.)
A Quick Get To Know The Author
FIVE FACTS ABOUT YOU THAT PEOPLE WON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU. CAN YOU JUGGLE? RIDE A BIKE WITH NO HANDS? DRINK BEER UPSIDE DOWN? SOMETHING UNUSUAL… GO!
1.You can probably tell I wear glasses, but I can't see a thing without them.
2.Since you mentioned riding a bike with no hands…I can't. Ride a bike. At all. No sense of balance.
3.I used an ATM next to Colin Farrell once.
4.I've an unhealthy obsession with Mean Girls.
5.Nine times out of ten, I'll kick all the covers off me when I sleep.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT YOUR NEWEST BOOK THAT PEOPLE WON’T KNOW. SOME BACKGROUND HISTORY ON ONE OF YOUR CHARACTERS MAYBE? MAYBE IT WAS GOING TO BE CALLED SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TO START OUT WITH? IS IT THE SAME GENRE IT STARTED OUT AS?...
1.It was originally going to be called Kaos Rising (Kaos being the force of demons.)
2.In the first draft, Aphrodite died at the end. Infer spoilers as you will.
3.Two characters didn't make it to the final cut; one was moved forward from a later book to cover them.
4.The scene where Megan's grandfather passes away is based on the death of my own grandfathers; both of them died in pretty similar circumstances within a month of each other. That scene was a way of dealing with that, and sort of acknowledging them.
5.My favourite part of the book is the last sentence.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT YOUR NEXT BOOK… NAME, GENRE, EXPECTED DATE OF RELEASE…
1.It's called The Hades Contract. It's god Hades in it; there'll also be a contract…
2.I'm hoping it'll be out early 2014.
3.I'm ridiculously excited to see what my designer comes up with the cover. I hope it's red.
4.Godhead is heavily inspired by The Odyssey and Oedipus Rex; The Hades Contract is a bit more courtroom drama…
5.I've planned three short stories to fill the gap between the two, and hoping the first will be published on my website in September/October.
THREE TIPS THAT YOU THINK MIGHT BE USEFUL FOR OTHER AUTHORS… ANYTHING YOU WANT. IT COULD BE, TO WRITE A CERTAIN AMOUNT EVERY DAY, ONLY WRITE AFTER MIDNIGHT AND NEVER GET GIZMO WET (SORRY, THAT’S GREMLINS NOT WRITERS! MY BAD.) MAYBE IT’S SOME INFORMATION THAT WAS GIVEN TO YOU THAT HAS HELPED YOUR PROCESS…
1.Some scenes never work. Just keep going through them; you'll pick it up in edits.
2.Never trust the story to be final until you've published. You'll make changes till the end, but at least then, it's too late.
3.Know your characters inside and out: it doesn't have to show on the page, but if you don't know them, scrap em.
Goodhead Teaser & Cover
Olympus would soon be in ruins.
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