|My idea of Aleyne's landscape|
Writing? Becoming a writer? It never even crossed my mind.
I wrote poetry as a teen, and continued to write it sporadically afterward. At some point, I was bitten by the rhyming bug while doing crossword puzzles. I'm very auditory, and noticed that only certain combinations of consonants occur -- a limited list. I used this to run through the possibilities for filling in the words in the New York Times crossword by running through the possibilities in my head. Eventually, I became serious enough about the poetry writing to really apply myself.
I only started writing fiction when I joined a writing forum that required all of us to write both poetry and fiction. I wrote my first long piece of fiction, a chapter book about a boy who loses his mother in a fire. Then I spent the next couple of years learning and revising.
I'm not terribly organized, nor do I enjoy planning things out, so no surprise when I discovered my method for writing fiction was similar. I start with the characters, the situation, some ideas about the plot, and the ending. Then I fill in a rough outline -- a page, two, three. It depends. When I start writing, I write a chapter and sketch out the scenes for the next one or two at the same time.
I'm a huge science fiction fan and have been reading the stuff since I was in elementary school, but I didn't write any until 2010, when I decided to overcome my fear of world creation by signing up for NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) and writing one. That was Relocated, which was published by MuseItUp last July.
Then I asked myself one of those oh-so-innocent questions about one of my characters. The novel the question generated, Broken Bonds, will be coming out in a couple of months. Then I asked a few more questions. That one, "Geek Games," is coming out in November.
I'm working on a fourth.
Now my content editor, Rosalie Skinner, has asked me a question about yet another character. I feel another book coming on.