The 411 on me, #MyWritingProcessBlogHop

My Writing Process is an ongoing blog hop where a writer answers four [everyday] basic questions about their writing process… and then is asked to pass the baton to another author or two.

My girl, Rachel Blaufeld, Author of “Electrified” asked me to participate. Hop on over to her blog to find out what she’s been up to, and be sure you add her on Instagram. You gotta check out her cool Ryan Gosling “yoga pants” and more!

As for me, I am getting ready to watch “True Blood” and enjoying a glass of Pinot Grigio, but first I need to tell you a bit more about myself:

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What Am I Working On?

Right now, my second novel “Unscripted” is currently being edited by my Copy Editor. “Unscripted” is set to release this November. No exact date has been set yet, but I will keep you in the loop. What can I tell you about “Unscripted?” It’s a steamy and romantic love story set in Manhattan. Twenty-six year old Holliday Prescott finds herself in the throes of passion with Ronan Connolly, Hollywood’s most coveted leading man . {Oh did I mention, Ronan is Irish?} Holliday wasn’t looking for anything at all, but it’s funny how fate swept in with other plans. I guarantee Ronan Connolly will be your next book boyfriend.

While I wait for my manuscript to come back with notes, I have been marketing, networking and polishing up my synopsis. Next up is cover design and lining up book bloggers for ARC copies.

How does my work differ from others in this genre?

With my debut novel, “Fifteen Weekends,” readers seem to note  that my three leading ladies are self-assured and confident, as opposed to self-loathing, whiny and weak heroines. I guess, there are a lot of books out there with that common trait in leading ladies, and it apparently is annoying or has run its course with readers. Readers will also find this theme to be common when they “meet” Holliday in “Unscripted.”  Writing strong female leads are important to me,  because while some of them go through tragic events, such as heartbreak or loss it’s important that they don’t let those events define their lives.

I think the biggest thing that sets “Fifteen Weekends” apart from other books in the romance genre is the fact that the reader will feel like they get three stories in one. I also managed to work a few genres into the story coupling drama, humor, suspense, mystery and romance into one book which you don’t see a lot of in Contemporary Romance.

Why do I write what I do?

Simply put: I write what I like–what interests me. Guilty pleasure books are my favorite, books with lots of drama, almost like a soap opera. Suspense is another element that readers will enjoy in my books. I have to have more than just “hot steamy sex” in my stories.

With a background in fashion, {working in the industry, blogging and writing}–basically just being a LOVER of red carpet celebrity fashion, my stories will always have well dressed characters. I think what a person wears or how they accessorize says a lot about them. For my writing, it’s just one more added detail to give the characters life—making them possibly relatable and definitely colorful. You can expect lots of descriptive details in places and spaces too. It’s important for my readers to be able to visualize the setting of the story, but not so descriptive that they can’t have visions of their own imagination.

How does my writing process work?

Typically an idea will enter my mind, and I will make some notes. Then I’ll spend some time with character development, where I’ll need the characters to start out in their story and how to get them where I need their story to end. Making a timeline helped me for “Fifteen Weekends” because I needed the stories to intertwine at points, and of course bring it all together at the end. With “Unscripted” the process was much easier. I just had a set of “events” that needed to happen in order to achieve the desired outcome.  I am more creative early in the morning or late at night, and that is typically when I am tapping away at the keyboard.

Before I go, I need to pass the baton to C.J. Wells:

Co-Authors, and sisters, Christa Gibbs and Jill Syed reside in Ontario, Canada. Born and raised on da’Rock [a.k.a. St. John’s, Newfoundland], their laid back personalities and eclectic sense of humor is indicative of their native roots. Although fluent in Newfinese, both are quite eloquently spoken, showing no remnants of an accent unless alcohol is involved.

Fluent in air-guitar [she trained in Europe], Christa, by day, transforms into her Executive role in the Property Management World. This wonderful position lends credence to her altruistic life experiences lived vicariously through the many residents within her keep. This translates beautifully to her evening endeavors, which include creating lovable characters and interesting story lines [when she’s not catering to her loving ‘Oooge’ — a.k.a. biker hubby]. An avid reader of erotic romance [upwards of two to three novels per week], Christa decided to give her own incessant fairy tale sex-capade fantasies a voice.

When she is not behind the camera in her Photography Studio, Jill spends portions of her days mentally cataloging all the reasons why she shouldn’t become an indulgent drinker at the helm of her three young children during the absences of her Pilot husband [though you will hear her undying love and devotion for them often: “blessed”]. Passionately creative, Jill spent many years capturing life moments on film, canvas and even paper. Having dabbled in the writing of many children’s books, all of which ended up covered in dust and never carried through, clarity hit once she collaborated with her sister: “Ohhh, the steamy sex was the missing ingredient”.

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Christy Pastore

Author of Fifteen Weekends and Amazon Best-Selling unScripted (Romantic Erotica, Erotica Fiction and Holiday Romance.) Founder of FWU, Wife, Friend, Handbag Addict, Accent Slut, #RonanMaker Adores run on sentences, men in suits & wine. You can read about me here:

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