Behind the Scenes of My Writing Process

I’d like to thank Kristin Battista-Frazee, author of the upcoming The Pornographer’s Daughter, for involving me in the Writing Process blog tour. This was a fun way to explore how I approach writing books and to share my latest project. Next week, Lynette Sofras and Libby Fisher Hellman will post their responses to the below questions.

1) What am I working on?

I’m working on the last couple chapters of my first romantic comedy, Fooling Around With Cinderella. I can’t wait to share it with readers. Here is the blurb: Unemployed marketing coordinator Jaine Andersen needs a job. When she sends a blind resume to the Fairy Tale Adventures theme park, filling the glass slippers of Cinderella for the summer is not what she had in mind, but her cute boss Dylan promises it’s only temporary. Now that she’s Cinderella, men suddenly show romantic interest in this “plain Jane,” including Prince Charming and an ex-boyfriend who suddenly re-enters the picture. As she adjusts to her new popularity, Jaine contends with hiding the embarrassing job from her annoying sisters, finding a date for a family wedding, proving her marketing savvy with an end-of-summer ball, and struggling to ignore her growing feelings for Dylan who is unfortunately dating her old high school rival. Her life has spiraled into Fairy Tale hell, but can Jaine still find her happily ever after?

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’ve published in a variety of genres, including adult mystery/romantic suspense and young adult, but the one common thread is that all of my characters are at a crossroads, or a turning point in their lives, where they can either continue down the same path or take a risk and venture down a new path. I think this makes my brand stand out.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I have always loved reading for entertainment. I want to entertain others with my words so I write fiction that distracts readers from the stress of their daily lives. I like to write whodunnits, romance, and I’ve written YA books about psychics and hockey. To me, these are all fun topics.

4) How does your writing process work?

I prepare a lengthy plot outline and then do some free-writing to get to know my characters. Once I get started, I write on my AlphaSmart word processor. I’ll transfer my files over to my computer and print them out, and then edit as I go along. I also share my work with critique partners both as I’m writing the book and once I’ve finished.

Next week, watch for posts from Lynette Sofras and Libby Fisher Hellman on their respective blogs.

A former teacher, Lynette gave up her career in education a few years ago in order to focus on her writing and thus fulfil her childhood dream. She writes contemporary women’s fiction, often involving romance with suspense or a supernatural twist. She claims Killing Jenna Crane, a romantic thriller and Unworkers a modern ghost story/women’s fiction are her personal favourites to date. Her soon to be released novel The Nightclub is a romance packed with suspense. You can find more details of her novels on her website: or Amazon author page.

Chicagoan Libby Fischer Hellmann is the award-winning author of ten compulsively readable thrillers. They include the Ellie Foreman series, which Libby describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24,” the hard-boiled Georgia Davis PI series, and three standalones: Set the Night on Fire, A Bitter Veil, and Havana Lost, a historical thriller set largely in Cuba. She also has written nearly twenty short stories and novellas. A transplant from Washington DC, she says they’ll take her out of Chicago feet first. Next up is a new Georgia Davis thriller, Nobody’s Child, in September, 2014. Find more information at her website.

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  1. The premise of Fooling Around with Cinderella sounds like a lot of fun. Definitely my kind of story.

  2. Thanks Reese! I can’t wait to finish it and have it available for readers!

  3. Thanks for including me in your blog hop, Stacy and for sharing your writing process. It’s always interesting to hear how other authors go to work. ‘Fooling Around with Cinderella’ sounds like great fun and I look forward to reading it. I love a good Rom Com. Wishing you the best of luck with it.

  4. Thanks so much for participating in the blog hop, Lynette! It is always interesting reading about the writing process of other authors.

Stacy Juba