Blogging about my writing process

Hey All, I was generously tagged by Deej Garden, author of “Redemption,” “Sisters,” and “Strangers.” Authors blog about their writing process and then tag someone else to do the same. We all answer the same four questions. I’ve tagged the amazing J. E. Knowles, author of “The Trees in the Field” and “Arusha,” a 2010 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. ┬áHope you enjoy.

#1 What am I working on?

Currently, I’m assembling a nutrition article for an avian website about the functions, sources, deficiencies and toxicities of vitamins and minerals-fascinating stuff. And for more creative pursuits, I am putting the finishing touches on my novella, “Across the Pond.”

Synopsis of “Across the Pond”

When Janalyn and her best friend and colleague, Debs, are chosen to represent the American team in a Worldwide Health Initiative Conference to combat obesity and comorbidities, in Devon, England, the last thing Jan expects is to meet a British woman named Robin who she simply cannot resist. They have similar interests and seem to hit it off as more than friends from the start. One thing leads to another and against Jan’s reservations against falling in love with someone across the pond, she finds herself in deeper than she can paddle away. “Across the Pond.” is expected to be released by the end of June.

#2 How does my work differ from others in the same genre?

What an excellent question. I had to ponder this one for a while. I’d like to say I have a distinctive voice with witty Cheri-isms galore, but I humbly admit that I write from a perspective that’s not all that unique. Although, there aren’t that many formally straight, self-deprecating Jewish New York dieticians who left America to settle with her wife in the United Kingdom writing lesbian fiction, are there?

#3 Why do I write what I do?

I love reading it! Writing from the perspective of two women in lust and love excites me. I started writing lesbian erotica while I was almost 100% sure I was happily married to the man of my dreams and father to my children…and was for 31 years…until I fell in love with a woman I simply had to be with instead. Call it a sexuality change, or whatever, but the fact is, when I started writing lesbian fiction, I had no clue any of it pertained to me.

#4 How does my writing process work?

Much like my personality…by the seat of my pants, I’m afraid. I get an idea and just run with it. My writing technique is much like a brain dump and getting carried away is what spurs me on. Editing is a true labor of love; it’s the process whereby I whittle the words into something that resembles a sculpture.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope you’ll check out all my stories and maybe even comment on a few at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cheri-Crystal/e/B002VG3738

Best Regards,

Cheri Crystal,

Author of “Attractions of the Heart,” a 2010 Golden Crown Literary Winner for erotic lesbian love stories. Buy it here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Attractions-Heart-Cheri-Crystal-ebook/dp/B00HZ4PIU6 for UK buyers; USA buyers click here: http://www.amazon.com/Attractions-Heart-Cheri-Crystal-ebook/dp/B00HZ4PIU6/ref=la_B002VG3738_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401454731&sr=1-2

Without further ado, the next victim is none other than J. E. Knowles!

J. E. Knowles is the author of The Trees in the Field and Arusha, a 2010 Lambda Literary Award finalist, and editor of Faith in Writing. She also blogs at The Discreet Traveler: jeknowles.blogspot.com.┬áThe “Reading” page at jeknowles.com has published stories that you can read for free. There are also links to her books, and a contact page. Thanks!

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