My BFF Allison Duke participated in a very cool blog tour about the writing process and asked me to participate. So, here we go!
1) What am I working on?
My first book, Inseparable: Who I Am, Was, and Will Be in Christ, is currently at the printer. It will be in stores on October 7, so I’m currently working on all the fun things involved in promoting a book. As for my works in progress… well, they are currently floating around in my head and need to make their way into Scrivener at some point.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My work is a blend of non-fiction and Bible study. I share a lot of my personal journey in life, along with large sections of Scripture text and ways to interact with God through it. I also include simple ways for people to read and understand the Bible on their own, thoughts on how to apply the truths of Scripture to their lives, and questions for a small group or book club.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Because I can’t not write it, if that makes sense. It is what I am compelled to do… it is what makes me feel most alive, and it comes naturally. That isn’t to say it hasn’t required a ton of hard work, though.
4) How does my writing process work?
Ummmm. I don’t really have a very disciplined writing process. Except for praying and reading the Bible… that is where it all starts. It comes from what God is currently doing in my life. So far, that has meant a lot of pain, introspection, and surrender. I can only write well about things that I’ve worked through and experienced myself.
For Inseparable, I made notes for a few years on the issue of identity because I needed the reminders myself–Scripture, quotes, etc. I didn’t really have a localized place for all the information until I had my book contract and HAD to have it. So then I started an outline, which in the end looked nothing like the book. Then I hit a wall and was pretty sure I was not going to finish by my deadline, almost wrote my publisher to tell them it wasn’t going to happen, and so forth. I mostly wrote in the middle of the night while my son (who was about a year old at the time) was sleeping. We moved 2500 miles in the middle of writing. Not ideal, but seriously–if anyone waited for the “ideal circumstances” to write, nobody would ever write anything. I’ve never read a book about writing, but I know there are a lot of good ones out there. OH, and I adore Scrivener. It made writing so much easier.
And there you have it! 🙂