I'm excited to introduce you to romance author, Alison Stone.
Thanks so much, Julie, for hosting me. I’m very excited my second book, Too Close to Home, will be release on August 7th in eBook format. Before I get to the short blurb and excerpt, I’d love to share a little bit about my writing process.
Years ago, when I first started writing, I would haunt writers’ websites to learn more about how they actually got to the business of writing books. I was looking for some magic formula. I soon learned each writer’s process was as different as the writer.
I’m still fascinated with the writing process as I continually hone mine. Some days, my time “at work” seems to include a vicious cycle of checking e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook. (Lather, rinse, repeat.) However, somehow along the way, a germ of an idea grows into a full-length novel. It’s amazing really when I consider all the time I invest in the sport of procrastination.
However, I find procrastination to be more draining than just getting down to the business of work. Usually opening the file and getting started is the most difficult challenge of the day. But once that is done, the ideas (usually) begin to flow. I still struggle with this, but I find it helps to set a time limit on the Internet.
The organized half of my brain longs to have a detailed outline of the entire novel before I write the first word. I used to let this stop me in my tracks, causing me to go days without writing because I didn’t want to write the wrong thing. Then gradually over the course of writing many books and through trial and error, I realized the best ideas come during the creative act of writing. I have to allow myself the freedom to write garbage to get to the good stuff. Before, I was allowing perfectionism to stop me from writing because I was too afraid my writing wouldn’t be good enough. But good enough for whom? I’m the only one reading the first rough draft. I can fix that, right?
Now, I find if I have a general story idea and a few plot points, it’s enough to get the creative juices flowing. From there I’ll write a few scenes and I’m amazed at how the creative mind works. I’ll write as far as I can. When I hit a roadblock, I’ll start free writing in a separate document and see what I come up with. The ideas never fail to amaze me. I certainly wouldn’t have come up with these ideas if I hadn’t sat down and put my fingers on the keyboard.
I can’t claim to write “clean” first drafts. No, my work requires a lot of revisions. I enjoy the revision process because now I have a true sense of the characters and the plot because I sat down and did the work. I got the story down on the page. There’s no magic formula.
If you’re a writer, are you ever surprised by the turn of events in your story when you finally just sit down and let the story flow? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section. Happy writing!
BIO: Alison Stone graduated with a degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech. After working in Corporate America for a number of years, she retired to raise her young family. Soon the writing bug bit. After years of conferences, critique groups and writing, Alison achieved her dream of becoming a published author. She claims it was easier to earn her engineering degree. Too Close to Home is her second novel. To learn more about Alison Stone please visit www.AlisonStone.com. She’s also chatty on Twitter @Alison_Stone.
I’m thrilled to announce my second release, Too Close To Home, due out August 7th. Here is the blurb:
They say you can never go home. If you do, better watch your back.
Ten years ago, after her father’s gruesome death was ruled a suicide, Kathryn McNabb left her hometown, vowing never to return. And never to let anything—business or personal—break her heart.
Now an overachieving manufacturing engineer, she thrives on order, control and solitude. But an unexpected inheritance makes her the co-owner of the company her father founded, forcing her to face the ghosts of her past. Including Ben Nowak, childhood friend, secret crush, and son of the man who ruined her father.
Ben hadn’t planned on returning home either, but with his own father’s death it falls to him to continue the family legacy. When he learns Kathryn plans to sell the plant out from under him, his quest takes on new urgency—Midport Industries is the main source of jobs in town.
Butting heads strike sparks of attraction that entangle business and pleasure into a hopeless knot. And someone is watching. Someone with a darker reason to prevent the deal from going through. Someone desperate enough to kill…
Warning: Beware of the shadows, disgruntled employees, and childhood crushes all grown up.