Baton Blog Hop

Good morning! Today’s Social Media Monday post has been pre-empted by an invitation from the fabulous Mia Marshall to join in my first-ever blog hop. Mia is the author of a paranormal mystery series called Elements, with wicked cool covers and reviews that say things like “artfully crafted plot” (RT Book Reviews). You should totally check them out—I’ll wait ‘til you get back.

See? Told you those covers were wicked cool.

And now, the hop. I’m supposed to answer four questions (they’re the same for all participants), and then tag three more awesome authors to do likewise next Monday. Sadly, I was only able to find two willing parties because life was a little insane as I prepared for the Ad Astra conference this past weekend (more tomorrow about the fun that was had there!). I’ll do the tagging part at the end—first, the questions:

What am I working on?

I’m currently working  a dark urban fantasy called Sins of the Warrior. It’s the fourth and final book in the Grigori Legacy series, and at the moment, things have pretty much gone to hell (literally) in it. My task now is to help Alexandra (our heroine) and the Archangel Michael rescue the situation…if such a thing is even possible.  😉

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Rather than inventing a whole new role/world for angels, the Grigori Legacy draws on well-known Christian mythology…twisted to suit my own nefariously writer-ish purposes, of course. Lucifer, God (known as the One), Heaven, Hell, the choirs of angels—they all exist.

Oh yes, and the One is female. 🙂

Why do I write what I do?

because warrior angels

Isn’t that enough reason? 😀 No? All right then, also because I get to vicariously live out my dream of being a cop through my heroine, Alex. And maybe a teensy bit because I like to stir the pot a little where peoples’ comfort zones are concerned. You know, the whole ‘god is a woman’ thing… 😉

My husband calls me a sh**-disturber. I don’t deny it. 😉

How does my writing process work?

My process is as much of a work-in-progress as any of my stories. It seems to change with every book. I was a solid pantser (writing without outlining any plot/characters) with Sins of the Angels (Grigori Legacy #1); with Sins of the Son, I found myself do a great deal more plotting just so I could keep the series story arc straight in my head. In this, the fourth book, I’m jumping around the plotline rather that writing in a linear fashion—that’s really new to me, but it seems to be working. At least for now. 😉 The one constant I’ve found in my process is the need to edit as I go. I’ve tried to “just write it all down without worrying about it”, but that stresses me out way too much. I need to reread and rework constantly—and if an event unfolds in chapter 30 that changes something in chapter 2 and beyond, yes, I go back and work that into the story before I continue. It makes me a slower writer than many, but the bonus is that I end up with a fairly polished first draft that doesn’t (usually) need as many edits.

And now, here are the two authors who have graciously accepted the baton for next week’s posting:

Tricia Skinner writes urban fantasy with romantic elements (a girl after my own heart! 🙂 ). Her first novel, Angel Bait, is out now. If you like angel fiction, you need to check this out!

Carolyn Crane, author of romantic suspense and urban fantasy, whose latest novel, Off the Edge, features a secret agent linguistics expert (okay, I’m intrigued!) and was released in December.



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