Thursday, 5 June 2014

Blog Hop

It’s been a while again. Yes, I let time slip away (and, I must admit, research did take up a lot of my time). However, my good friend and fellow writer, Berni Stevens, has pushed me back on track by asking me to participate in this year’s blog hop.

So, I’ve got some questions to answer and a link to post, then some authors to nominate.  However, me being rather busy (and perhaps a bit lazy) I’ve only managed to coerce one author into participating instead of the expected three.  All I have to say is, ‘Thanks Tim! You were always my most punctual of author friends and once again you got back to me in record time.’

Right, the questions:

1) What am I working on?

I’m working on… ah, bells, do I really have to give a direct answer?  I’m in limbo, truth be told.  Three books coming out with three different publishers and I’m in the process of researching for a new series of books that will be under a pen name.  The books are set in Tudor England and will have a murder mystery slant to them. They are for adult readers (no, not naughty, but not aimed at my usual children’s and teen audience) and therefore under a different name. 

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

Curses, I think I’ve already answered that question. How am I to… ah, nevermind.  It’s adult historical fiction, not children’s fantasy or teen urban fantasy or teen historical fiction.

3) Why do I write what I do?

Why? Because I can’t live if I don’t.  I’d shrivel up and die in a corner. Why else would anyone sit at their computer day in and out, waiting upon some chance in Hades that a big agent will someday commission the work that took years and excluded all social activities? In one word, delusional.  Yup, that’s me.  And every author I know.

4) How does my writing process work?

I write, I sit, I write, I sleep, I write, I edit, I write, I sleep a bit, wake up with a new idea for a subplot, then write some more.  Then I edit a whole lot, then when it’s all done I open a bottle of champagne and pray someone will be interested, then I send it to agents, then I get the rejection letters, then I cry a bit, then I edit some more, then I beg friends to read it and give suggestions, then I edit again, then I have a new idea and start it all over. Any questions?

Okay, nomination time! Tim Reed, over to you! Thanks for being a good sport :-)

Tim Reed has been published several times in the short story and novella field, in the USA and UK, spreading his net on the fantasy, weird tale and horror genres. He works as a technical author and does freelance proofreading in his spare time.

He has a love of well-written fantasy and supernatural fiction - both old and modern - and cites Algernon Blackwood and H P Lovecraft as his primary literary inspirations. His current ongoing works-in-progress include a modern retelling of 'The Magic Faraway Tree'; he will always write...even though his constant daydreaming continues to infuriate his nearest and dearest.

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