When Lea approached me a couple days ago, she asked me to "simply introduce yourself, why you love writing, what genres you love to pen, and what you've learned about the whole writing process." Even looking at that makes me giggle, but let me start with the introduction.
Hello. For those who don't know me, I'm Lindsay Below. I write young adult and middle grade fiction, and currently have two books under contract with MuseItUp Publishing. Those books are Lurkers, a young adult science fiction novel coming out on July 1st of this year. One sentence summary: When all the adults of Toronto go missing on December 21, 2012, can Kayla and Jackson figure out what went wrong and set it to rights before Christmas?
My second book is a middle grade story called Same Old Lie. One sentence summary: When Trevor reads Heather's diary, he discovers that she harbors a dark secret.
But that's only half of what I do. Under the name L. K. Below, I also write romance and fantasy for adults. You can find out more about both my pen names at www.lbelow.net.
I guess that answers one of the other questions too -- what I write. I write for the story, not the genre, and could care less about branding myself. That's limiting. I'm out here to share what I love, which are my stories. When people ask me about genres I might tackle in the future, well I'll never rule anything out. My one attempt at horror flopped like a suffocating fish. Mystery is another genre I find daunting -- that is, if I set out to write it from the start. As a subplot, I often have mystery worm its way into the fantasies I write, like my current work in progress. As for my romances, well I write those with varying degrees of steam, hence the pen name.
Let's continue on to the part that made me laugh. Why do I love to write? Like many authors I know, I can't stop writing. It's an addiction, an obsession. When I'm not in a writing rut, I write constantly. Honestly, I'm a complete workaholic. My boyfriend works 60 hours a week at his job. I have the blessing of being able to write full time at home, so while he's at work, I take advantage of that. When he comes home at night do I stop? Sometimes. I try to set limits on when I write, to make it more like a structured and disciplined job. Does it work? Almost never. But I suppose the days I sit glued to my laptop make up for the days I can't write at all due to a writer's block.
Writing, to me, is like a potent drug. I get to feel every emotion that passes through my main characters' heads. I get to travel to so many different places, time periods, and even new worlds. All piggybacking off the urgings my characters give me. I can never force a story, and that I've learned. Sometimes, even when I want to, even if it's so great I think many people will want to read it, it just won't come out. I learned that lesson the hard way only this month. I had a wonderful idea for a young adult paranormal series, you know, the kind so popular right now half of you want to read it and the other half want to bang their heads against the wall, they see so many of them. Well, I tried. I couldn't even get through the first chapter. The idea is great, and I still like it, but can I write it? Not a chance. It just isn't in me to conform, even when I have my own unique way of doing so. I guess I'll have to stick with my not-so-orthodox ideas. But hey, maybe I'll start the next trend. I think it's about time for the market to start to sway to something new.
And now, as I've completely forgotten my point, I'll end with just a few more things about me. As you can tell, I ramble -- a lot -- and most of these ramblings can in fact be found on my own blog, http://lbelow.blogspot.com. There, I talk about all my writings, but I have a separate blog where I focus on my young adult ones here. If you like young adult, take a look at the free read I'm offering there, Letters to Alice. And now that I've said all I need to, have a wonderful, fun-filled day!