Monday, March 24, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour

I want to thank Jess Russell (http://jessrussellromance.com) for inviting me to participate in this blog tour. Jess is a supportive member of RWA/NYC.

1) What am I working on?

Since my debut novel, Sweet Jazz, is currently being copyedited, I am able to focus on a new historical romance, Complicated (working title).

Despite his attraction to her, Nicholas Santiano considers Georgia Mae Collins off limits. The young woman, who prefers finding non-violent solutions to problems, could do better than a soldier in the Santiano Family.

Georgia never considered a relationship with Nick as she lacked the four b’s all his previous girlfriends possessed (big breasts, blonde hair and blue-eyes). Besides, even though the Santianos have always treated her like family, it was a huge step to go from befriending a colored to marrying one.

When the one thing Nick tries to protect Georgia from shows up at her door, he is determined to be there for her. But as time goes by, he finds it harder to just be friends. After a series of tragedies begin to change the peaceful Georgia into an angry woman, Nicholas needs to consider what’s more important – the family or her.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Complicated differs from other novels as it will deal with an interracial relationship during a time when it was rare for people to date outside their race. It will also exam how two people with differing views on violence are able to come together.

3) Why do I write what I do?

People have been involved in interracial romances for centuries. Many novels, however, focus on relationships between people of the same ethnicity.

I write historical interracial romances because I want to explore how events in history affect interracial couples approach relationships.

4) How does your writing process work?

The idea for Complicated came while watching a movie. Instead of the usual, ‘what if’, I asked, ‘how could’ an African-American woman become involved with someone in an Italian crime family. The answer boiled down to one word – ‘love’. A father who loves his daughter will do anything in his power to make sure she is happy and gets the best of everything. He will even look beyond the color of her best friend’s skin.

The hardest part in developing the story was determining the time period in which to set the novel. I wanted it to be a historical to explore the hero and heroine’s relationship during a time period in which it would be unconventional. However, I wanted to also make sure events that took place during that time would not overshadow the romance. After researching events, I decided 1959 would work for my story.

I still have to conduct more research on 1959, including the clothes, the slang, and entertain. I will take trips to the library to read newspapers to make certain I deal with local events. I will also visit various areas in Brooklyn, NY to determine the locations of the homes and businesses in my novel.

Again, thank you Jess for inviting me to join the blog tour.

Next week (March 31st), visit:

Lena Hart writes sensual, interracial romances with a hint of mystery and danger. Visit Lena at http://scatblogging.blogspot.com/

Logan Belle write contemporary romance and erotic romance with plenty of twists and turns, but always with an HEA. Visit Logan at www.loganbelle.com

Katana Collins is the author of the Soul Stripper series and she manages to keep busy reading, writing and rescuing way too many animals in Brooklyn, NY. Visit Katana at www.katanacollins.com/blog

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