What am I currently working on?
I am currentyly chipping away at the fourth and final book in The Woodlands Series. It's an interesting predicament to be in. As I don't write with any outline, I now find myself trying to pull it all together. I don't doubt I can do it but it is complicated, particularly because I refuse to start writing with an outline now. The final book may be really long but that's cool since I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to the characters and the world I've created.
How does my work differ from others of it genre?
I'll let you in on a little secret, The Woodlands was under consideration at a very pretigious literary agency that had signed some of the major YA novels of the past five years (think vampire saga). I was super excited. However, the agent wanted me to revise my manuscript so that my main character was 'sufficiently brainwashed'. Therefore when she met the male protagonsist she would have a 'sudden' change of heart about buying into the whole Woodlands philosophy. I couldn't do it. My MC is a rebel right from the start and that's one thing that sets her apart from some of the mainstream dystopians. She is also of mixed race, non-white background which seems to be a rarity amongst the currently popular dystopians.
Why do I write what I write?
I write how I feel or felt or how I might have felt if I were held captive by a controlling govermment hell bent on creating a 'raceless' race. I don't necessarily have a passion for dystopians or any other genre, I just had an idea and ran with it, incorporating as many real life situations into my dystopian future to bring it back down to earth. The scope of any book is endless.
How does my individual writing process work?
I write all over the place. Usually, I might start at the beginning but quickly find myself dwelling on scenes I feel will happen in the middle or towards the end of the book. Because I can't get them out of my system, I write them down first. I then spend my time writing all the events that lead up to those pivotal scenes. I write very fast and end up with a manuscript that I would call 'bonesy'. I go over the whole thing from start to finish, adding in extra descriptions, correcting story inconsistencies and making sure the baby doesn't disappear from someone's arms midway through a scene (it's happened a lot).
Thanks for reading about my writing process. Now it's someone else's turn. Jon Messenger and Erica Kiefer, tag, you're it! Look out for their posts in the week of starting the 7th April.
Jon Messenger (Born 1979 in London, England) serves as an United States Army Major in the Medical Service Corps. Since graduating from the University of Southern California in 2002, writing Science Fiction has remained his passion, a passion that has continued through two deployments to Iraq and a humanitarian relief mission to Haiti. Jon wrote the "Brink of Distinction" trilogy, of which "Burden of Sisyphus" is the first book, while serving a 16-month deployment in Baghdad, Iraq.