I’m answering four questions from Cyndi Lavin for the World Wide Blog Hop.
Here’s what she asked:
What am I working on?
Right now, I’m writing a first draft of a women’s fiction novel, spiffing up a yet-to-be published romance I wrote last year, writing for my freelance clients (all nonfiction) and working on a visual poetry book.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I hate to make comparisons, but I guess if I could classify my work it would all be centered around faith and relationships. I like to tell a story with meaning but one that is entertaining and filled with humor at the same time.
Why do I write/create what I do?
I’ve always been creative. I was creating little books from as far back as I can remember, writing stories and then illustrating them with my crayons. I’ve written poetry from when I was about eight I guess. I feel that God gave me a talent to use for a certain purpose, that of giving people hope in their life and relationships.
How does my writing/creating process work?
For poetry, I mull around a phrase or series of words and then write them down (always handwritten) with a pen and journal. I have tons of journals sitting around the house and grab one when I’m ready to write. I usually pen at least one poem at a sitting but sometimes two or three.
For my artwork, I think on the words first and allow the visual to come to mind. Then I paint and add the words. Sometimes the visual arrives from a Bible verse and sometimes from my own poetry.
For novels and short fiction, I usually have the opening and closing lines of the story, then writing becomes the journey of connecting those two things together. When I know how things start and end, I can add the characters and story.
And for nonfiction? It’s all about needs: my client’s needs, the needs of readers, of myself… I like to answer questions, bring uncomfortable topics out into the light, and give hope to people who are struggling. You can find out more at my website.
That’s enough about me! Here are three writers I’d like to introduce you to. Feel free to visit them as they continue with the blog hop:
Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. A multi-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, she also writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, a freelance editor, and magazine editor. Visit LisaLickel.com.
Also, we did an interview with Lisa about four years ago. You can check it out here and find out more about this talented lady!
Converted by God’s grace about 25 years ago, Susan lives in a small Wisconsin town, and is a wife and mother of three. Her husband runs a real estate business and her hobbies include fitness, quilting, scrapbooking, reading, and eBay.
Susan developed a love for writing while in college where she earned a BS degree in Home Economics (Apparel Design & Manufacturing), with a minor in Speech.
With child-rearing days at an end, Susan now invests time in fiction writing. With three Regency historical romances and a humorous middle grade fiction book complete, she is in the process of writing another book. Her personal blog can be found at Graciouswoman.wordpress.com, and she also belongs to a Regency writers’ group blog (Regency Reflections). She belongs to ACFW.
Susan chases after three Hobbits and is a native of Wisconsin. She is an Acquisitions Editor with Prism Book Group specializing in bringing great romance novels and novellas to publication. Susan writes adventurous historical and contemporary romances with a biblical world-view.
She has been published in Splickety Magazine and in the I Choose You anthology with OakTara Press. Her first contemporary romance novel in the Orchard Hill Series, Pesto and Potholes, is due out Spring of 2015. The second, Salsa and Speedbumps has also been contracted. She is represented by Mary Sue Seymour for her adventurous Regency Romances.
You can learn more by following her blog www.susanbaganz.com, her twitter feed @susanbaganz or her fan page, www.facebook.com/susanmbaganz. She is also at www.pinterest.com/silygoos and at www.google.com/+SusanMBaganz.