I was tagged to do this by Danielle Belwater who recently published the first book in a trilogy, Of Fire & Roses. She’s a fun and talented Aussie girl that you must visit at her blog.
Now on to answering the four questions in the Writing Process Blog Hop.
1) What am I working on?
I’m currently working on two projects. Both will probably end up being novella-length pieces. One is a companion novel to Letting Go and it features Chloe, Isabelle’s best friend. Those who’ve read Letting Go probably remember Chloe being a feisty, intuitive and caring friend who helps Izzy get over her heartbreak. Well, now she’s in for love troubles of her own. On the outside, Chloe seems a carefree, outgoing, party-type girl, but she’s got issues with trusting people and having meaningful relationships. Along comes a boy that could help her fix that. But he makes a crucial mistake and afterwards, Chloe is convinced she can’t trust him anymore.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m not sure that it does. Letting Go, and now my WIP, are both YA contemporary romances. They have all the characteristics of the genre, but of course the characters are unique, like any other literary character. I try to portray my characters as detailed as I can, I want them to be as special to my readers as they are to me, so I invest a lot of time and effort in portraying them. I could write a lengthy character sketch for each of my characters just including the info that didn’t get into the final version of the novels, the things only I know about these people.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I’ve always loved YA. I studied YA literature for my Master’s Degree. I read a lot of YA and MG books. It’s a genre that I love to explore, both as a reader and as a writer. If I could write anything else, that’d be crime stories and psychological thrillers, but I’m not very good with complex plots and multiple storylines. So I’m left with YA. 😉 But this is what I’m passionate about, this is what I want to write.
4) How does your writing process work?
My writing process is fairly messy, I think. I’m not much of a plotter, I focus more on the characters than on the story, and that sometimes makes it a little bit complicated, putting the story together. Like I already blogged a while ago, I write the scenes as they come to me, in no particular order, or should I say, in the order of their importance? Because usually, the first scenes that I write are the ones that are crucial for the story, the most emotional, intense ones. Then I try to fill out the rest of the story until it gains a satisfactory shape.
My first drafts are dreadful. Inconsistencies, loose ends, ramblings, mistakes, typos … Even second drafts are no better. Maybe by the third, but definitely by the tenth draft, the story gets better, characters are more consistently portrayed, the plot is tight and flows. But there’s a lot of work to get there. I love to write first drafts in flow – that is, put down words as they come, without applying any censors and filters. That’s why my first attempts are always crap and I prefer for no one to see them. But I simply can’t imagine writing a good first, or even second draft. I’d find that tedious, I think it would limit my creativity too much to be so careful about writing the story and shaping the narrative. I believe I have enough opportunity for that later on in the writing process.
The first result of my writing process is Letting Go, available on
Next in line for the blog hop are:
Jennifer lives in a small town near Paris – she has been writing and drawing since she could hold a pen, and she loves to spend her time daydreaming and reading. She’s married to a wonderful man (30 years now!) and has three great kids, and they are all owned by a little dog with a big mustache!
L. A. Cadieux
L. A. Cadieux loves a good YA romance — and she turns into a fangirl over Marvel Superheroes, Game of Thrones & Jane Austen (a combination of all three is even better!).
Lacey’s new book, One Life, is out with Evernight Teen in June 2014. Check her out via these links: