The author Joyce Elferdink aka Joyce (J. F.) http://harmlessjoyce.wordpress.com/ invited me to participate in this blog hop tour and answer these four questions about my writing process.”
ALL ABOUT MY WRITING PROCEDURE
1) What am I working on?
I’m not really working on anything, everyone tells me that I should write a book about my recovery, my bouts of PTSD, my living with bipolar and how I’m doing since rehab. I guess that would fill a book, I’m just not sure anyone would be interested. But then again, I thought more people would be interested in this one than there is
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think it’s more shocking than most. It not only deals with one tragedy, but a lifetime of tragedies. I don’t know if it was my undiagnosed bipolar that made me keep entering into explosive situations, or these situations were meant to teach me and others later in life. The most important thing, though, is that it TAUGHT ME how to deal with very stressful lifetime events, and hopefully share it enough with others that they will see the messages, too. I’m speaking at a drug rehab hospital in Brighton, Michigan once a month and sharing my story. I can’t believe how many people have approached me and told me that this story has changed their life and given them hope. I will say that even though the profits on this book are nil to none, those comments make it ALL WORTHWHILE!!!
3) Why do I write what I do?
I only wrote from personal experience. I didn’t even want to write a book when I got back but everyone kept pressuring me to get my story “OUT THERE”. So I sat down one day and started recalling everything that happened in my life. And wah lah, here is my book.
4) How does your writing process work?
I just sat down and started recalling, I didn’t dwell on anything, I just wrote, and when I was done I didn’t think about it, I just came back to the computer the next day and started writing from where I left off. I didn’t then and still never have gone back and read the entire book. I would take sections of it and go dissect it with m therapist but never re-hashed the whole book. I had a literary agent, Tina Foster, and my fiancé proof read it for errors and how it sounded, did it carry a good idea or did it sound choppy. That is it, sorry I don’t have some in depth process to share with you but mine was plain and simple.
I’ve been criticized on the “repeats” in the book, and some of the grammar but 95% of the reviews have been five stars. So I’m satisfied. What that’s saying is you can’t please all the people all of the time, but you can please some people some of the time 🙂
Thank you so much Joyce for allowing me to share on your blog some information on my book and how it got to be what it is. You’re a gracious, kind woman who is an amazing writer. Salut!!
I am inviting Tammie Clark Gibbs to join us on our blog hop tour. She is an accomplished author of many romance novels. She also manages real estate, and organizes many internet events involving books. She is a very, very, VERY nice lady who has the patience of a SAINT 🙂
These are her links and information, thank you Tammie.