Yippee! I’m part of a Blog Tour!

I was tagged for this Blog Tour by A. R. Moler http://armoler.com/Blog.html

The writing process –

What am I working on?

Actually, at present I’m writing two books, one fiction and one non-fiction. The fiction story has a working title of Freedom Abdicated, Freedom Lost. The basic premise is what happens to a society when through the apathy of its citizens and the use of fear by government and media it goes from being a democracy to a radical theocracy. It follows one woman in particular whose lover dies in her arms from a ricochet bullet fired by a member of the enforcement arm of the theocracy.

The non-fiction book, is a step-by-step guide to using Power Point. Not nearly as exciting as the fiction work; however, I enjoy helping people learn new things. Colleagues and friends often come to me with simple questions about using PowerPoint, so I decided to write a book about it.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My fiction differs in that it’s mine. No one else in the world will have my specific take on an issue. I have a bit of a quirky view of the world and I believe it comes through in my writing.

The non-fiction book will be a bit different because it won’t have a lot of extraneous information. In addition, there will be a lot of visual guides in the book.

Why do I write what I do?

I write things that I would like to read. As a lesbian I want to read stories where the main protagonist is a lesbian. Growing up there were no such books for me to read, so I had to settle for books with strong female characters. I want to add to the selection of books available to the reading public by offering books by a lesbian about lesbians.

How does your writing process work?

For my fiction the idea that sparks the story could come from anywhere, an editorial, an overheard comment or the shape of a cloud. Life Is Full of Surprises started out as me feeling the need to write something totally different from the science fiction I was writing at that time. I decided a quick romantic beach scene would fit the bill and out of that was born Life Is Full of Surprises.

Once I have the idea, I play with it in my head for a while and then I decide on where in the story I want to start. Then I sit down and begin to write. I don’t do outlines or index cards or storyboards. I just write.

My non-fiction work has come about through seeing a need and trying to fill it. I watch people struggle with Power Point on a regular basis. In the end, do they get the results they want? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. Could they have gotten the results without quite so much work? Definitely. So I decided to see if I can alleviate some of the anxiety and frustration brought on by working with PowerPoint.

Moving forward with the Blog Tour

Next week check out these folks 

Mike Pyle  http://mikepylewriter.com

Michael Pyle, author of White Sugar, Brown Sugar, was an innocent, nerdy, un-athletic, angelic-looking white kid who was raised in the upper-middle class in the 1960s, in a segregated Daytona Beach, Florida. His teenage and early adult years became a blur from drug abuse and addiction. In his early twenties, he cleaned up, finished Daytona Beach Community College, and obtained his Bachelor’s in English.  He completed his Masters and Juris Doctor degrees and has been a practicing attorney for over thirty years. He studied creative writing and taught English to foreign students at the University of Florida. Pyle’s life is partially reflected in both characters of White Sugar, Brown Sugar, an inspiring tale that follows two friends who lose their innocence, suffer from cultural and personal challenges, submerge to the depths of substance abuse and eventually grow into admirable adults.

Caryn Day-Suarez (as soon as Caryn gives me the link to her post, I’ll post it here)

Julie Eberhart Painter (Julie will be guest blogging here on my blog next week. So you’ll find her post here at darleneduncan.wordpress.com )