Blog Tour

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I
was asked to take part in a blog tour. It’s about my writing process (and then
I’ll introduce you to three writers I respect–among them, Diana Kelly, who
invited me to take part in this tour). So here it goes:

1.
   What am I working on now?
I’m finishing up ASH – the first book in the DESTINED trilogy. I’m co-writing it
with Darci Manley. It will be published next year! I’m also working on a new
middle grade book. The rough draft is done, now it’s time to revise, revise,
revise! I completed a BEDEVILED screenplay and TV pilot
co-written with Santo
D’Asaro—it’s being shopped around now. Fingers are crossed on that project! I
also write/produce for a TV News station in NYC and have a weekly blog for a
popular website.
2.
   Why do I write?
I
write because I have stories I want to tell. I’m constantly dreaming up new
ideas (and often can’t fall asleep because I’m so busy thinking about them). I
love creating something new, using my imagination, and watching a plot unfold
before me. I’m a big reader—always have been—and I adore books, so getting to
write my own feels amazing.
The
non-fiction lets me explore a different style and keeps me on my toes. Writing
a book takes time, but in the TV news world the turnaround is often very quick.
There have been times where I’ve only had a few minutes to write a story, and
as soon as I finished the TV anchor was reading it on air. There’s definitely
an adrenaline rush to it! The stories are generally about 20 to 25 seconds
long, so I have to decide what’s important—what’s the heart of the story—which
also helps when I’m writing the outlines for my books.
Then
there are the personal essays/blog posts. These let me share a different side
of myself—to share how I feel and to give my thoughts and opinions. When people
respond, they’re reacting not to a character—but to me. It’s always rewarding
(and this is true for the fiction and even the news) when someone says your
work really spoke to them or made them think or smile or feel.
Ultimately,
regardless of the style or the genre, I write because I have something I want
to say.

3.
   How does my writing process work?
My
writing process varies because my schedule is constantly changing, but I try to
write whenever I can. I’m also really good with deadlines. If I tell my editor
I will have it done by a certain time, I will have it done—even if it means
giving up a party I want to go to, ignoring the shows on my DVR that are
screaming my name, or forgoing some extra sleep.  When I’m not on a formal deadline, I try to pretend I am. I’ll
sometimes take a class where you have to turn in a certain number of pages or I’ll
promise to have them for a critique partner by a certain date.
Here
are some incredible friends of mine that I’ve worked/am working with that you
should meet:  
Michelle
Lyons
Michelle
and I work together at Fox 5! She’s an Emmy-nominated, New York-based TV
journalist who has produced and written shows for NBC, CBS and Fox. She blogs
about her three passions: food, arts & culture and travel. Discover her at www.thelyonspost.com and follow her on Twitter @lyonsmichelle. 
Diana
Kelly 
Diana
was my editor for my weekly blog, and we’ve kept in touch over the years! 
Diana is a freelancer writer and editor living in New
York City. Her specialties include weight loss, fitness, health, and healthy
lifestyle topics, in addition to dating and relationships, travel, happiness,
pregnancy, and sports. Diana Kelly previously held editorial staff positions at
WeightWatchers.com and Prevention.com. Her articles have appeared in print and
on the websites of Shape, Health, Fit Pregnancy, Weight Watchers Magazine, The
Huffington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Daily Beast, CNN, espnW, ESPN The
Magazine, UpWave, Fox News, Men’s Fitness, Reader’s Digest, Yahoo!, MSN, How
About We, and more. Her website is www.dianakelly.com. Follow her on Twitter
@dianakelly.
Darci
Manley
Darci
and I met in a writing class years ago. We became quick friends and big fans of
each other’s work — and as a result are writing a book series together! Darci is
a Creative Director at a NYC design boutique, and has worked with clients such
as Estee Lauder, American Express, M&M’S, Gucci, and Jeep. She’s always
been passionate about storytelling in one form or another. Her first book,
Ash, co-written with Shani Petroff is due, out next year. She is also the
creator of the interactive adventure A Defender’s Tale (http://www.adefenderstale.com/) with Mark Grochowski. Follow her on twitter @darcimanley. 
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