My next romance, Acres of Dreams, releasing with Prism on April 17th, has an Irish girl, Katy, as the heroine. I drew on my memories of my grandparents for some of the local colour in this story. My Irish grandmother came over to Canada just a little before my heroine Katy did in Acres of Dreams.
Next week I'll be posting information on my upcoming release party for Acres of Dreams.
A Puzzle a Day Keeps the Plot Doctor Away
Do you do jig-saw puzzles? I used to have one on the go nearly all the time. The process of moving saw the end to all my puzzles-sold at a garage sale. Once our house reno is done and I have a place to set one up, I'd like to try again.
Jig-saw puzzles are the perfect occupation to solve problems. Your mind can wander anywhere as your hands do the spatial work.
It's almost like the process of story creation. People have different ways to approach a puzzle in the same way as the writing process is personal.
First thing I do is to turn all the pieces over so they are facing the right way. This is like gathering research and putting it into some semblance of order.
Next, I've always started my puzzle with framing. I try to ignore all the apparent combinations of pieces while I do the enclosing border, no matter how enticing the possibilities look. This is the bare bones of my outlining.
Now, it's off to the races. Options are unlimited. I can start in one corner and work my way across from Chapter One to the end. Or I can work in blocks of colour or patterns. The end result is the same, no matter the steps chosen to get there.
The pieces are all in place, the picture is finished. Unless you find a piece missing of course. Usually a good look, the editing, will find the missing piece and there's the happy ending.
I'd like to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day. Be sure to visit e-fiction's Lucky Reader Event for some fun and prizes today.
Then on Friday the 20th, Whimsical is having an all day party on Facebook
Check out these events for a chance to win some prizes. You'll find a link on the Whimsical party to check my page amongst others for a scavenger hunt.