Got Tagged!

I was tagged by Velvetpanic in this post: to answer a few questions about my most recent project. So here goes!

1. What are you working on?

As my followers may know, I’ve been working on my first original m/m novel, a paranormal mystery/suspense. I actually just changed the title last week, so it’s now called Murder One, book 1 of the Oddities Series. In the book we meet Derwin Bryant, a bounty hunter with the gift to be able to feed on pain to increase his speed, strength, and agility. He’s trying to find a killer when he runs across Elliot Leed, a rent boy forced to hide his own gift of object reading in a society that hates and abuses those like him with Oddities. The world they live in is fraught with peril, inhabited by demons and monsters where cities must wall themselves off from the wilderness. In solving a murder, they may find they have only scratched the surface of a deeper mystery.

2. How does Murder One differ from other works in the genre?

I haven’t really seen much crossover between mystery and urban fantasy/paranormal in the m/m romance genre. There are a few bright shining series like Psycop, but there’s so much room for more! I’m really excited about this project, more excited than I’ve been in a long time. Another difference is Derwin’s gift. He’s a Sadist, so yes, the book will feature BDSM elements.  I’ve also been having fun writing the encounters with demons–the world has strong Asian influences. All the demons come from Japanese mythology.

3. Why do you write what you do?

For years I separated myself between my “serious” writing which was fantasy and science fiction (published under another name) for the average straight, vanilla folk, and my “fun” writing in fanfiction for the LGBT and BDSM crowd. With the new publishing scene, I finally decided it was time to dive in and write fun seriously!

4. How does your writing process work?

Because I write mostly in alternate worlds, world building is one of the first things that I explore when creating a new book. I have a notebook for each book that I write, where I keep notes on the world names, history, politics, mythology, magic, etc. Once the world has been fleshed out a little, I move next to developing the characters. They too get detailed notes and history. Last I create a basic outline of the plot. I usually plot out the first ten or so chapters, and from there I make it pretty vague, just jotting down different “steps” that need to happen before the climax. I also try to figure out the ending. The rest of it, the journey, I make up as I write. I write in order, just as my characters are experiencing things. As my characters come to life, they often take over from there, and I just have to follow along and see what they do next.

Hmm, and I don’t know enough people yet to tag!  I’ll tag Kaje, Nathan, and Jordan L. Hawke over at Goodreads.