What am I working on?
I am editing my science fiction thriller, LOGOS. I am on the twenty-fourth rewrite (give or take) and it’s being read by a few saintly beta readers.
I also write short fiction in between editing my novel. I have ten pieces, currently in submittable hell.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
LOGOS is based on the real life disappearance of my husband’s uncle after he got on a plane thirty years ago and featured on Unsolved Mysteries. The story itself is fiction, but I used a man disappearing on a plane as a springboard into this completely fantastical world.
Indiana Jones meets I AM NUMBER 4.
Why do I write/create what I do?
My family is big into oratory storytelling. Family gatherings always involve sitting around the fireplace, telling stories, and trying to get the biggest laugh. Storytelling is in my blood, but crafting a well written story has/is a work in progress.
How does my creative process work?
It always starts with a widowed image. These imprints, (like a loved one disappearing on a plane) linger in my brain, haunting me, begging to be released, and I exorcise these demons by committing them to the page and giving them a voice.
The poet Gerard Manley Hopkins called those widowed images. Widowed images are images that hang around in your head because you don’t know what they mean. If you knew what they meant, you’d be able to file them away. But because they’re there, they have some force. Hopkins felt that these widowed images were often at the center of one’s best work.
I spend a lot of time crafting, and constructing in my head before I even start the commitment to the page. Day dreaming, especially while exercising helps focus my ideas, and creative juices. I also have an irrational belief, if I write the story down or talk about it before it has solidified in my mind, I will lose it. I know the story is done percolating, and ready to be written, when I discover my opening line. Stephen King thoughts on this really resonate with me.
Because it’s not just the reader’s way in, it’s the writer’s way in also, and you’ve got to find a doorway that fits us both.