I’ve been tagged by the most amazing friend, author and shaman Ailsa Abraham in the My Creative Process Grand Blog Tour.
Ailsa Abraham has worked at more jobs than she can remember, finally ending up teaching English in France over twenty years ago. Now on early retirement due to health problems she can devote herself to her passion for writing.
Her other interests include campaigning for animal welfare, motorbikes and studying ancient and modern religions. Her passion for genuine ritual practices are reflected in her writing.
Working under two pen-names she has published six books. As Ailsa Abraham published by Crooked Cat, she has written: Alchemy and Shaman’s Drum. Her work has also featured in magazines and anthologies both under her own name and her pen-name of Cameron Lawton.
Her only ambition is to continue writing and perhaps return to the UK to live one day.
If you enjoy Ailsa’s work and would like to connect with her, come and join the gang in Ailsa and Friends on FB – https://www.facebook.com/groups/294439520709930/
I know this isn’t my first, but there’s always something new to say, and us scribblers love it when we get to talk about what we get up to in our darkened quill-filled dens. So then – answer four questions, and then tag three other bloggers to carry the torch forward, if they so desire, and do the same next week, or again, whenever they desire. Because I’ve had a couple of months where I fell properly off my writing wagon, my answers might be slightly off the garden path, but then again, with us Indie guys writing books isn’t only about writing books.
1. What are you working on?
These past few days have been all about getting organised again. I’ve been de-cluttering my office and getting reacquainted with my manuscripts. My goal starting into this year was to publish four of my WIP novels by December, but because of all the time I’ve lost I’m going with two instead. I know this question is about the actual book or books you’re working on, and the answer to that would be Shadow People 2 and Lesser Being, but what I’m actually working on first is being properly ready for action when they do get published. So my workspace is ready to go, and next will be to tidy up my online sites, regularly post to my Facebook page, and gear up in general for that.
2. How does your work differ from others in its genre?
Apparently books with angels and demons in them have lately overtaken the vampires in popularity, so probably there are going to be lots of them coming out now. The Shadow People series is different in that it’s not only about angels and demons, and my angels and demons might be or not be actual angels and demons. Mainly these books are sci-fi/fantasy with bits of theology and legends, real and made up, thrown in for good measure. I think that all mainstream books are different to others in their genre unless they’ve been plagiarised, so my other books would be different because they reflect my views, and whatever scenarios I want to create.
3. Why do you write what you do?
A lot of what I see or read ends up with a “What if….” going through my head. I love it when my sci-fi worlds suddenly appear and I get to live in them for a while. I don’t sit down and decide to write a particular thing unless I see a fun little challenge somewhere, and those sort of writings tend to be very short and relaxing for me. My mainstream writing tends to be about people and situations that aren’t normal in most lives – I enjoy immersing myself in feeling what someone else would be feeling in difficult situations, and I enjoy trying to make things better for these characters – mostly. Generally, after something’s occurred to me and I’ve written it down, more will occur to me and I’ll write that down too.
4. How does your writing process work?
As I grow with my writing I’m finding that I I’m getting a bit set in my ways. When I started writing I never owned a computer, so I wrote in notebooks. When I finally did get a computer I found that I didn’t feel overly inspired to write on that, so I carried on writing on paper. Now I only use notebooks for writing outlines or single scenes, and am only comfortable banging away at my desktop when it comes to the actual books. When I’m on a roll I can write all day, and only stop when I’m about to fall off my chair. Occasionally when my writing seems wrong or forced, I walk away from it until I’m inspired again because that sort of writing for me always ends up in the bin.
I don’t ask my nominees for permission to tag them, because I like to choose writers who I really admire even if they choose not to participate, on the off chance that they will, and share some of their personal writing lives with us. I’m selfish that way. They are:
Kevin Cooper whose book Miedo I’ve just read and been blown away by, and would love to know more about his writing process.
Mihran Kalaydjian whose music is so beautiful it generally has me floating around the ceiling, but I would love to know all about his writing too.
Wonderful friend, and author of the Sage books which I love, Marian Allen, who will hopefully forgive me for so surprising her, and also for falling off the boat these past months.