My Writing Process Blog Tour

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I’ve been invited by Eva Vanrell and Shelby Morrison to participate in the “My Writing Process Blog Tour”.

This is a “blog hopping round the internet tour” of authors reflecting on their process/es. Just four questions to ponder, answer and to hand off to the next author.

Eva is the up and coming author of the just released The Butterfly Crest. She is a New Orleans attorney and a confirmed Japanohile.

Shelby is the debut author of Shattered  (now being offered for free for all of July 2014) who dreams of one day visiting England, Australia and Japan and who keeps fit by kick-boxing.

Here are the blog tour questions (along with my extensively pondered and reflected upon answers):

What am I working on?
I’m completing edits on a story about a couple that try to save a whale in the South Pacific – but it’s a story that could happen to anyone. Anyone with the courage to say yes when opportunity comes knocking. Here’s a high level summary of the plot:

What if to be with the man of your dreams… you had to give up your life? When Teal Douglas, an ambitious investigative journalist, is sent to the South Pacific Islands, a hard-core political mission becomes a love story in the midst of a whole new kind of social and ocean-environmental politics. She teams up with Perry, a driven marine biologist and ex-boxer who won’t fight, to take on a white collar crime syndicate. The syndicate is hell-bent on profit, no matter what the local environmental cost – and Teal’s almost-but-not-quite fiancé, Edward, is one of them. What would you sacrifice to defend what you believe in?

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Contemporary fiction spans a pretty broad spectrum. I’d like to think my work is more suspenseful, faster paced, more exotic… but really the key difference lies in the themes handled. I may not be the only writer concerned about eco-issues but I hope the mix of adventure, suspense, romance and location is something new.

How does my writing process work?
A significant portion of my plot work takes place as I stroll along the canal near my home. Woods, water… the rhythm of walking takes over and somehow all the kinks are worked out by the time I get back to my desk. But it can take two or more canal walks sometimes and occasionally I feel like jumping in the canal.

Why do I write what I do?
Why do I breathe? When I sit down to begin to write a story, every step of the plot has been meticulously graphed, chiselled and arched. Then I begin typing… and all that is tossed out the window. Been on a rollercoaster? Needed to recover afterwards? That’s why I take regular walks along the canal.

Keep on Hopping! Thanks for reading. And be sure to check out the next round of posts in the Writing Processes Blog Tour from paranormal thriller writer C. Robert Cales (a.k.a. ScaryBob) and also from book blogger, writer and animal rights activist Renee Shearer at their respective sites on July 14th, 2014!

All the best from,

Ben

 

 

 

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