Monday, October 28, 2013

Blog Tour/Hop

I heard about this blog tour from Melissa Petreshock and thought it sounded like lots of fun! You can find her answers to the questions here. It's pretty simple- answer four questions, and pass it on to three more bloggers.

So here goes!

What are you working on right now?
I just finished a short story (YA Romantic Fantasy) and am working revisions on a YA Paranormal Romance. I also have big plans in November to rewrite an old novel (YA Fantasy). This time around I have a synopsis done ahead of time so I know pretty well where I am going.

How does it differ from other works in its genre?My Paranormal Romance is different as instead of werewolves or vampires, I have faeries and Guardians.

Why do you write what you do?
I'm a sucker for a paranormal element (ghost, werewolf, vampire, witch, magic) and for romance. As for the fantasy that I write- many are twists on fairy tales (there's that magic and romance again!) Add in my love of role playing and going to Renaissance Faires, and I'm off an running, creating a new world with magic or fantastical creatures.

How does your writing process work? 
Usually I have an idea (write about the girly-girl who saves the prince) or a character who comes to me with a background fully formed, and I'm off and thinking the story through in my mind. When I have a good idea where I'm going, I start writing. So far, this process has led to LOTS of drafts that are so different it often seems like a completely differ story was being told.

In November, I'm trying something different. My husband, his best friend, and I brainstormed a story (actually a trilogy) and the next day, I wrote the ideas for the first book down in something similar to a synopsis. It hits all the high points we discussed, and shows the end and set up for the second book, but leaves lots of wiggle room in the middle. (I do like to see where my characters are going to take me!)

We'll see how it goes. Will I use this process for everything if it works well? Maybe, maybe not. It all depends on what the story wants me to do.

OK, now it's time for me to pass this on. This was the actual hard part, and I know I was supposed to have 3, but I only have 2. So, next week, be sure to stop by and see their posts. And if you want to participate, grab the four questions, and let me know in the comments- I'll update the post with your link information.

So, next Monday, November 4, head on over to:

The amazingly talented Nicole Zoltack, author of the Kingdom of Arnhem series, Black Hellebore (superhero series-just released), Masked Love (releasing November 1, 2013-come back here that day for my review!), and many more! Nicole can be found at

Half of the brother and sister writing team of Fraser and Fraser Brainerd, Heather Fraser Brainerd, author of the newly released YA Paranormal Mystery, Dream Shade. Heather can be found at


  1. Love your answers, Mary! I like seeing where my characters lead the story, too. And our writing partnership is actually called Brainerd & Fraser, but I like your spin on it! :-)

    1. LOL! Ooops- sorry about that, but glad you enjoyed the twist!

      My characters get really moody and walk off stage when I don't listen to them, so I'm learning to do that!

  2. I love paranormal elements and fairy tale twists! I downloaded Quest of the Hart for my Kindle the other day and I'm really interested to read it! :)

    1. Love paranormal. I've been trying to write straight contemporary, and just can't get as excited without that ghost, or werewolf, or other creature!

      And yay!!! Hope you enjoy!!

  3. Looking forward to reading your next books, Mary!! Sending lots of NaNo good luck (and chocolate!).

    1. Thanks Meradeth!!

      Can't wait for your next one either :-)

      And thanks for the chocolate. Can't go far without that!!

  4. Mary, can't wait to read more and more and more Waibel stories!! <3

    1. Awww! You're so sweet! I can't wait to read more Albert stories, either!!!

  5. Love what y'all are doing here. It sure shows we're all different. Whatever works for us, works. Way to go, Mary.

  6. What an interesting way to brainstorm. And glad your hubby is part of your writing too. Heather invited me to this tour, so my turn is on Nov. 11. Looking forward to it.Enjoyed your answers to the four questions.


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