Writing Process Blog Tour / by Ryan Hill

The very kind N.K. Traver tagged me for a post on the writing process (hers is here)! Her debut novel, DUPLICITY (not to be confused with the Julia Roberts starrer), is coming March 17, 2015 from MacMillan Entertainment.

1. What am I working on?
At the moment, I'm working on edits for my Oct. 13 release, DEAD NEW WORLD. It's BLACK HAWK DOWN, but with zombies. That's how I pictured it, anyway. It's a big departure from my current release, THE BOOK OF BART. I submitted my latest manuscript, THE CONCH SHELL OF DOOM, to Curiosity Quills on Friday. On the horizon is a BART sequel. Fun times!

2. How does my work differ from others in this genre?
Aside from just being superior? I try to have fun with a genre, kind of flip it on its head...or at least give it a new wrinkle I've never seen before. Someone else may have come up with it first, but if I don't know about it, then my idea remains original. To me. To heck with the rest of you.

3. Why do I write what I write?
I write what I would want to read. I feel like my bread and butter is silly paranormal, a la Christopher Moore, but I write other stuff too, to kind of stretch my writing muscles. But mostly I write what I want to read.

4. What's my writing process like?
Depends. Day to day, whenever I can squeeze it in. Overall, I think of a story, then go from there. I think of characters, conflicts, arcs, action sequences, etc. I write everything down, then I come up with an ending. I like to make up my stories as I go along, but without knowing my destination, my work is directionless, floating along like a tumblin' tumbleweed.

Enjoy!