Thank you Day’s Lee for inviting me to participate. And congratulations Day’s for having your YA novel Guitar Hero named one of the Best Books for Kids and Teens for 2014 by The Canadian Children’s Book Centre!
Read Day’s Lee’s post on her writing process at Day’s Lee Exploring Writing, Self-publishing, the Chinese-Canadian Identity and Beyond
Now for My Writing Process:
What are you working on?
I’m finishing revisions on the follow-up to Shredded, tentatively titled Cut Off. The story follows Lauryn, one of the secondary characters from Shredded. Lauryn wants to compete in extreme adventure sports but her parents insist that she go to college so she pretends to be in school while she’s paddling in rapids, rappelling down rock faces, and zip-lining through a jungle to get to the finish before they discover the truth.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
Young adult novels about female athletes tend to be about mainstream sports or are focused on romance. My novels are about fringe sports and include hints of romance.
Why do you write what you do?
A character who has to constantly explain what her sport is, and then prepare for the inevitable “are you crazy” look is immediately interesting to me. There are so few girls in some of these sports that they instantly connect when they find other like-minded people, whether they like each other or not. That backdrop provides a fantastic landscape for story creation. Exploring the “why do you do it?” and “what drives you?” questions for these athletes keeps me digging deeper to discover more. “Book research” allows me to explore way outside my comfort zone.
How does your writing process work?
I usually start with the main character, then find the right sport, and then figure out what happens at the crisis or black moment. I puzzle the plot together into a loose outline and then write a high-level notes-style draft to see if the story holds together. When I’m happy with the big picture I create detailed character sheets for all characters and write a readable draft. Then I start revising and refining characters. It’s a slow process!
I enjoy learning about how other people write. I’m amazed by people who start at page one with no outline and just keep writing to the end. I’m curious to learn about the writing process of the next two authors taking part in this tour next week:
Shawna Romkey, teacher by day, writer by night (or day or whenever anyone leaves her alone long enough to get some work done). Bestselling YA / NA paranormal author of Speak of the Devil. The second in the series, The Devil Made Me Do It, will release in September. For more info, check out her website at www.shawnaromkey.com.
Angela Graham was born and raised in southern Ontario, Canada. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in business. Her passion for reading and writing led her to write stories for her own children. By day she is part of the leadership team at a local college. By night she is a parent and writes stories which aim to inspire children to read. She currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband, their two children and their dog. Visit her here.