So here is how this goes...one author posts a blog and gets two other authors to do the same and so the blogs keep rolling along. Thanks to Rich Steeves for the invite. So I guess I'm supposed to answer some questions so here we go:
1) What are you currently working on?
I have just finished the outline for THE HOUNDS OF WINTER, Part III of my Eastlander Chronicles. In addition, I have the beginning outline for a new John Logan book but the outline is not finished (i.e. I'm not sure how I want the story to finish up, so we're working on it.) As you know, if you've read the first two, we left Cain on his way to Korrin to confront Nyogi, his cousin and rogue Blademaster. Part III will pick up there and follow Cain as he continues his journey.
2) How does your work differ from others in the genre?
I really don't like this question because I don't like to compare my work to anyone else's. That can be the death knell of writing hopes or even an idea. The Eastlander Chronicles and the character of Cain has been rattling around in my head for a long time. I knew that I wanted him to be a stranger in another land, a man of mystery, a warrior, a man who lived by a code. Sort of a samurai-like figure with ideals of duty and honor. Cain has taken a vow that he cannot break so he trudges onward to his goal of finding Nyogi. I grew up reading Conan so perhaps my fantasy work has a slight pulp feel to it, but that's okay. The first two were easy to write and took me no time...Part III has taken a lot longer because of my commitments to the Logan series. But I'm very excited about starting it.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Simple: I write what I like to read. Period. I grew up on Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker and Robert E. Howard's Conan. While a part of me would like to write the next bestselling vampire novel
or paranormal, I don't enjoy writing those things and it will show in my writing. One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was to write what you like. I love a good PI story and a swashbuckling fantasy full of swinging swords and scantily clad beauties to be rescued. John Logan is a pleasure for me to write; I love Coral Bay and the characters there. When Logan's relaxing on his boat looking out at the water, I'm right there with him.
4) How does my writing process work?
Usually with the John Logan novels I come up with a basic idea (someone hires Logan to do---) or (Logan has this happen to him) then I start detailing the story and the mystery and solution. Usually it can be done in a couple of pages of me just writing out the summary of the story. Then off I go.
Sometimes that plot gets thrown by the wayside or turned sideways because my characters have a way of surprising me sometimes. I try to write every day or at least do something on the story every day, even if it's just getting the next scene done.