“My Writing Process” Blog Hop

Many thanks to Christina Courtenay for inviting me to take part in this ‘blog hop’ – you can find her post from last week here.  All the participants have to answer four questions (see below) and then pass the baton to others.  I asked Evonne Wareham to take part, and her blog will appear on 17th Feb so please don’t forget to check it out!  You’ll find her link and a short biography at the end of this post.  Thank you for stopping by!

Q & A:-
1)    What am I working on? – At the moment I’m working on my 3rd romantic suspense novel. This one, like my 2nd novel “The Elephant Girl”, is also set in London, and this time the action takes place in and around a casino in the less salubrious part of Soho. The story features a young trainee croupier, an enigmatic barman, and a casino owner running from his past. It’s a modern and (very loose) re-telling of the fairy tale “The Little Mermaid”, with plenty of secrets, lies and skeletons in the closet.

2)    How does my work differ from others of its genre? – I’m aware that this must sound rather self-aggrandising, but I think what sets my work apart from many other books in the same subgenre is that I focus my stories and plots around complex family issues and the kind of betrayals that ordinary people suffer in their everyday lives. However, it’s not all doom and gloom – because I write romantic fiction, I give my characters plenty of opportunity to redeem themselves and find that happy ending which is so often denied people in real life.

3)    Why do I write what I do? – Absolutely no idea! The stories just come to me, but I’m very inspired by fairy tales and classics such as the brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Shakespeare and Charles Dickens, and I think that these classic story lines work their way into my writing through my subconscious mind.

4)    How does your writing process work? – I’m very organised and write detailed outlines which I tend to follow quite closely. I have to because my stories all contain a number of red herrings and false clues, and it’s important that I know what’s going on, otherwise it’s easy for the plot to run away from me.

The lovely Evonne Wareham has agreed to join the blog hop, and you will see her post next week (17th February):

Evonne is a Welsh author of European set romantic suspense – corkscrew plots, hot heroes and the heroines who can’t resist them. Her blog can be found at: http://evonneonwednesday.blogspot.com

About henriettegyland

USA Today bestselling author, published by One More Chapter Also, a translator, cat slave, guinea pig whisperer, knitter & upcycler, and hygge lover.
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4 Responses to “My Writing Process” Blog Hop

  1. I loved ‘The Elephant Girl’ and can’t wait to read the new story – it already sounds fascinating!

  2. Margaret James says:

    A great post, Henri. I’m a planner, too. I’d get very anxious if I didn’t know where I was going!

    • Great to meet another “planner”, Margaret. I sometimes worry that I overdo my planning, but I’ve tried “writing into the wind”, and it just doesn’t work for me. Horses for courses, I guess.

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