I have been tagged in the “My Writing Process” blog hop by the multi-talented Debbie Manber Kupfer.
For those who don’t know her, she provided me with a capsule biography:
Debbie Manber Kupfer grew up in the UK in the East London suburb of Barking. She has lived in Israel, New York, and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis, where for the last 15 years she has worked as a freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems. She lives with her husband, two children and a very opinionated feline. Her first novel, P.A.W.S., was published in June 2013 and she’s currently working on a sequel. In addition she has short stories in three anthologies: Flash It!, Fauxpocalypse, and Shades of Fear. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything! Connect with Debbie on her blog or Facebook.
What am I working on?
I am working on The Worms Of Heaven, the third volume in my series The Book Of Lost Doors. It is contemporary science fiction/fantasy set in a universe of my own making.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
I write in what I consider the New Wave tradition of Science Fiction, drawing my inspiration from writers like William Burroughs, Phillip Dick, Samuel Delany, George Alec Effinger, and Tim Powers. What characterizes New Wave, in my opinion, is a certain epistemological ambiguity combined with vivid and concrete imagery. This serves to divorce the identity of objects from their meaning, forcing us to reexamine our beliefs and preconceptions.
Why do I write what I do?
I write the kind of books that I enjoy reading. I don’t think I could write something if it wasn’t what I love to read–I certainly couldn’t write it well. Since I enjoy the New Wave novels of the 1960’s and 1970’s, and since most of those writers are no longer working, I decided to re-invent the genre for myself.
How does your writing process work?
I work full time, so I don’t have the time or energy to write as much as I’d like. When I do write, I write to music (I have Pandora stations specifically designed for different moods) and I spend a lot of time messing around or staring off into space while I hash things out in my head. Most of my writing process is internal, by the time I actually type something it’s been through a number of revisions. So my physically word count is quite low, on the other hand I don’t rewrite–my final version is pretty much exactly the same as my first draft.
If your writing process fought Aquaman, who would win?
My writing process could totally take Aquaman.
Now, in theory, the next step would be to tag other writers, but I don’t like having to choose. So I’m gonna just open this up to anyone out there–if you want to answer these questions, please feel free. If you want to link back to me, you can do that, too.
P.S. I made up the last question.