Today I get to be a part of an awesome blog hop. So you get to see the rather mysterious and sometimes frightening inside of my brain. Much thanks to the author who got me involved, Shari Sakurai. She wrote ‘Demon’s Blood,’ to be released in print July 19th. WOOT! Go Shari! Check her out and let her know she rocks via her website and her Goodreads page.
Now, let’s do this thang!
What am I working on?
THE SEQUEL TO CORE!!! I am so excited it’s coming together. I’ve been chipping away at it every day I can, and I’m pleased to say I’m a fourth (almost a third) of the way done. The first chunk is already with my glorious editor and I’ll have feedback on that as I continue to craft the goods. My goal is to have it out this November. And let me tell you…it’s goooood, guys.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I love movies. And I dabble in screenwriting. So I think I tend to pace my YA novels differently than most. I’ve gotten reviews that point out how something is “always happening.” It creates an edge-of-your-seat effect that most rather enjoy. When I write, I see it in my head like it’s already a movie, and if my characters are just lounging around yapping, my movie brain goes “this is boring, Combs! Make something happen NOW!”
Why do I write what I do?
I write for young adults because I want them to write, too. My greatest dream is that someone will pick up one of my books, love it, and think “I want to do this too. I CAN do this too.” I write for the future dreamers. I write for that “one.” I was that one once.
How does my writing process work?
When I wrote “Core” and the System, I had no process. I had time in buckets, so I just wrote until my fingers went numb. Now, I have a baby boy, so I’m a bit more structured. Right now, as I type this, it’s 6am. I write until 8:30 when he wakes up. Then, I market during his naps and write again at 9:30 when he goes to bed.
A lot of research goes into my books. For example, I have thirty pages of dragon lore research I did for “Core.” And I actually had to have my little brother walk me through how to assemble and fire a sniper rifle about a dozen times so I could write one scene in The System.
Once draft one is done, it goes to my number one editor (my best friend), and she dissects the content line by line. Then I rewrite, usually from scratch. That draft two goes out to a few more editors, then I revise. Draft three goes to my beta-readers. Revise one more time. Proofreaders take me to draft four. And there we go! A few more tweaks and the final version is ready! Phew!