Monday, February 24, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Hop

I was tagged to join the My Writing Process blog hop by Sam Cheever. Thanks for including me!

An award-winning author of 50+ books of romantic suspense and fantasy/paranormal, Sam Cheever’s books have won the Dream Realm Award for fantasy and The Swirl (interracial romance) Award; have been nominated and/or won several CAPAs; were nominated for “Best of” with LRC and The Romance Reviews; and have won eCataromance’s Reviewer’s Choice award. She’s published with Ellora’s Cave, both Romantica and Blush; Changeling Press; and Musa Publishing. Sam also publishes as Declan Sands, writing m/m fiction, and under her own imprint, Electric Prose Publications. Visit her at

1) What am I working on?

I’m working on Rock My Boat, part of the Tall, Dark & Alpha boxed set, which is releasing March 8. My story is a paranormal novella about a blue marlin shape shifter and takes place on a cruise. Although this is the first time I’ve written something on a deadline (not counting edits for novels I’ve written previously), it’s been a lot of fun! Writing a short piece requires more planning, but it’s also more manageable because it’s short. I also got to hire an editor. I didn’t know what to expect, but it’s been very similar to working with editors in a published house.

Tall, Dark & Alpha links
blurbs and memes
blog tour (March 5 - 19)

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

Setting is always a strong part of my stories and one of my favorite things to write. I often get inspired while traveling. As part of my polishing process, I spend time on the five senses. When I look at my old unpublished manuscripts, wondering if I can rework them, I usually decide the setting is great but I’d have to start over with everything else.

I also like to read and write paranormal stories with unique elements, which is why I chose to write about a different kind of shape shifter. Although I like to stay tuned to the market, I also hate following the herd. Why write something hundreds of authors have already done so well? It’s more fun to do something new.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I write different genres because I need the variety. When the muse tells me to follow, I know better than to argue. It’s exciting not knowing where he’ll lead me next. (Yes, my muse is a sexy he!) Anything with a good setting is fair game.

4) How does my writing process work?

The hero usually comes to me first. I write the rough draft pretty quickly and always in order. I have a day job, so I’m only able to write on days off, but I do promotion on the other days. Unless I’m attending a writer/reader conference, the only time I really take off from my writing career is when I travel. When I do sit down to write, I make myself write a whole chapter at a time. The first couple of pages take the longest. I play music a lot while I write, and sometimes I’ll play the same song over and over. When the rough draft is done, I do my polishing and layering routine, which takes longer. Starting out, I do a little pre-plotting and create a document with main plot points and scene ideas, but mostly I go by the seat of my pants.

About Afton Locke

Afton Locke is a multi-published erotic romance author who prefers romantic fantasies to everyday reality. Fantasies take her everywhere--from other worlds and races to the top of a corporate desk. She lives with her husband, dog, several unnamed dust bunnies, and a black cat that can be scary or cuddly, depending on the current book. When she’s not writing, Afton enjoys hiking, cooking, crafts, and reading. Visit her at Ellora’s Cave and

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