Thanks Ipuna Black for the Writing Process Blog Tour invite! She writes YA fantasy and is in the process of querying agents with her completed novel. You can follow her on twitter @IpunaBlack, on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ipuna.black, or on her website atipunablack.com, so check her out!
- What are you working on? Edits! I am doing what I have vowed will be my last round of edits for my novel The Myth Maker unless I’m eventually ordered to do more by an agent or publisher. It’s a long and grueling process but well worth it. After attending the Las Vegas Writer’s Convention in April, I came away with a lot of great hints on how to improve my story. Once the edits are done I’m going to make a serious jump into the wild and wacky world of queries! And, just because that is never enough, I’m also working on the second in Kat’s series, which is yet untitled.
- How does your work differ from others in your genre? There is a vast and talented group of writers who produce crime and mystery novels like I do. Writing about murder and the dark side of humanity is not an original idea. I think what makes my work stand out from others is my characters. I pour my soul into the characters I write, and I want readers to connect with them like old friends. The fact that test readers have come to love Kat Lang and the rest of her crew as much as I do, means everything to me.
- Why do you write what you do? This ones easy! On my list of “What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up”, I always had two things: a cop and a writer. There were other ideas that I floated around from time to time, but I’ve always had a strong interest in law enforcement. I chose motherhood and a desk job over law enforcement so, I live vicariously through the characters in my stories. I have made a few attempts at writing projects that don’t involve people dying, and I’ve failed both times. The first was meant to be a fun and silly romance novel but, less than half way through, a murder appeared all by itself. The project is still on my to-do list!
- How does your writing process work? I use what I like to call the organized chaos method. I’m not the kind of writer who can sit down and make a point by point outline, start at the beginning, move onto the middle and then finish it up with the perfect ending. I write scenes as they come to me and figure out where they’re leading me. Sometimes I first have to figure out which story they’re supposed to be in, but it usually works out. When I get a strong scene finished I kind of build out from there in all directions and figure out how to construct the story around it. When I was writing The Myth maker, I actually wrote the entire end scene with only a few pages of a beginning and absolutely nothing of a middle. Everything that I originally wrote stayed in the ending, even though I didn’t have a clue at the time how I was going to get all of my characters to that point. Once I get enough pieces of the story written out, I make an attempt at an outline but my outlines tend to change on a regular basis.