MARSocial Special Interview: Question & Answers #11

Hello everyone! So, finally we received all answers from our participants from MARSocial author network. Are you excited to read the answers yet? This is our last post for this interview series! Question #11 is “What is your writing process like?  Is it spontaneous or do you do a lot of planning in advance before you begin writing? ” by Marie Lavender.

Let’s check out the answers from all 11 author participants !

1) Coleman Weeks

My process is spontaneous, I will forget something if I wait for the scheduled time to write.

2) Viv Drewa

I do a lot of research for my novels, even interviewed some people (an archaeologist and a medical examiner). Then plan the story and characters. Sometimes I get spontaneous from there on and add or remove characters or change the direction of the story.

3) K. J. Rollinson

I am at the computer every morning at 5 am and write the next chapter of the book, which I have already got in my mind.(see my answer to question 10). Then I edit the chapter I have written the day before.

4) Sam Reese

Very spontaneous. I just sort of sit down and write, with some music in the background. Nothing special really.

5) Neil McGowan

I find that, if I do too much plotting, my characters and story feel wooden and one-dimensional. I’m much happier throwing a bunch of characters into a situation and seeing how they get out of it. I know I’m on a roll when my characters refuse to do what I ask them and insist on doing things their own way. Although I usually have a pretty good idea of how a story will end, how it gets there often surprises me. I’ve even had a book go off on a completely different path to what I originally envisaged. I always enjoy the journey though, seeing how things work out. Having said all that, I do keep some notes – mainly lists of characters and the key events in their lives – although I stay clear of being too definitive about things. Even things like how my characters look – I have a mental picture of them, but try not to be too descriptive as I want the reader to imbue them with their vision. If I do my job right, then this makes the character come alive in the mind of the reader and makes it so much easier to make an emotional investment in. I recently read a book where there was a shock ending to some of the characters. On the whole, I enjoyed it, but what happened to these characters jumped out at me as a plot device that had been thrown in to help resolve a couple of plot lines. As these characters were pinned down to the page too rigidly my emotional investment was small in them – after I read what happened to them, my thoughts were more focussed on the main character (who was well written) and not on their fate – it barely registered with me. It’s not that they were likeable or unlikeable; rather, they were little more than cardboard cut-outs, and bland. I was more frustrated with the fact that the author had spent time and care crafting a believable heroine whilst neglecting some of the other characters. I try and get feedback from alpha and beta readers and, if I get comments about wooden characters, then it’s back to the rewrite stage to either cut them out or make them more realistic.

6) Marion Lovato

My writing process is very spontaneous.  Something will just hit me when I least expect it.

7) Jaro Berce

I plan in advance and carefully made a structure and main points. Then later (most of the times) I write spontaneously and sometimes do not care about my previous preparation. So I would say I build a structure – “bones”, then in the process of writing I “put meat to the bones”.

8) Marie Lavender

A bit of both.  It is pretty spontaneous until I get heavily involved in a project.  At that point, I start doing a detailed outline.  Then I do some research.  I also look at what I have written already and decide what needs to be done for each chapter.  Of course, the story will still surprise me with certain twists.  Then I get to the heavy writing and I will stop and research something if I am blocked.

9) LaRae Parry

Some of my writing is spontaneous. When I write fiction, I make an outline and loosely follow it–sometimes the characters don’t want to do what I planned, so they do what they want. But . . . I ALWAYS know the end from the beginning. How I get there is a mystery.

10) Theresa Moretimer

Most os my writing is spontaneous. I do do a lot of planning when I am writing horror or having my characters go to a place I am unfamiliar with. I have to do a lot of research and in that I incorporate the help of my friends and doctors for things I really need to know about. usually when I begin to write, I am blessed with the ability to sit down when the thought provokes me and write until it’s done. Sometimes that’s a few days straight and sometimes it’s a few weeks.  Of course sometimes I can’t always get to my computer when I have an idea so I keep a personal recorder with me so i can speak mt thoughts as I drive and translate them later.

11) Annie Edmonds

Hi Marie I will usually write a short outline about the main characters. Once I have that I  just start writing. I don’t know where it all comes from but I am more of a spontaneous writer. 
I do stop writing for research. For me research can be to look up a street name or a landmark in the town I’m writing about. Or it can be about a certain subject.  
My stories tend to have at least one villain or bad guy. With book 2 I’m at the point where the research is imperative. I need to get it right. 
There’s not just one crazy real life scenario going on but many.  And they all need to be accurate. I need to know what I’m talking about so that the character doesn’t look stupid. Its all very exciting as I know where it’s going to end up. But sometimes I surprise myself and the plot will change in mid sentence. My brain takes me somewhere I didn’t think I was going. If I like it then it stays. If I don’t I re-write the entire scene or chapter. 
I have no doubt that as writers keep writing they get better. So I look forward to seeing this book through to the end. This story is different then Sammy’s story. And I can’t wait to finish and get it out there. I have a feeling about this one. 
Right now I’m looking for Beta readers that edit erotic romance. If anyone is interested please don’t hesitate to send me an
Thanks to Jas and all the authors for sending making this group interview a great success. I look forward to reading your answers to these same questions. And I hope the readers like this interview as much as I liked being able to participate.  

Thank you Annie and of course all the other MARSocial participants! I look forward to interviewing you next time! 

Jas from IBP ! 


MARSocial Special Interview: Author #8 Marie Lavender

Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 18 other books. Finalist and Runner-up in the MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands.

At the tender age of nine, she began writing stories. She majored in Creative Writing in college because that was all she ever wanted – to be a writer. While there, she published two works in a university publication, and was a copy editor on the staff of an online student journal. After graduating from college, she sought out her dream to publish a book.

Since then, Marie has published nineteen books. She has published books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Lavender just released Magick & Moonlight, a paranormal romance, in March. Upon Your Honor, released in late April, is her second historical romance. 

A list of her books and pen names are as follows:

Marie Lavender: Upon Your Return; Magick & Moonlight; Upon Your Honor

Erica Sutherhome: Hard to Get; Memories; A Hint of Scandal; Without You; Strange Heat; Terror in the Night;Haunted; Pursuit; Perfect Game; A Touch of Dawn; Ransom; Leather and Lace

Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life

Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other Ramblings; Ramblings, Musings and Other Things; Soulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things

May Author Interview: Author #8 Erica Kiefer

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Erica Kiefer was born on Christmas Eve in Southern California to an American father whose ancestors arrived from Europe during colonial times and a Thai mother who moved to the US during high school. Adding to her rich and varied heritage, Erica grew up living abroad in Asia, including Taiwan, Fiji, Thailand and Indonesia. She gained a great respect for the beautiful mosaic of cultures found in various parts of the world. After graduating from International School Bangkok, she attended Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a degree in Recreation Therapy. Erica made the best decision of her life by marrying her husband in 2005 and is currently a mother of three, one of whom awaits her in heaven.
Erica’s first book is titled Lingering Echoes, which was published by Clean Teen Publishing in November, 2013. Her newest release titled Rumors, was released in late December 2013 and is a prequel novella to Lingering Echoes. Borrowed Angel is Erica’s first nonfiction work about her experiences with grief and healing over losing her infant son.