Cynthia Hickey is here today!
I've loved having such a variety of writers on here to talk about their process for writing a novel. Something that's fascinated me is how I appear to be the last writer on the planet who does not go looking for pictures of her characters.
Cynthia Hickey has been making up stories since she was a child. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two of their seven children plus a dog, two cats, two birds, and a snake named Flash. Fudge-Laced Felonies and Candy-Coated Secrets are now available in retail stores and online.
Cynthia has offered to give away a copy of Fudge-Laced Felonies to one lucky commenter. Details below.
Step one: An idea comes to me out of the blue. I hear something, see something, read something that sets my imagination spinning. Then I come up with my characters names and search the internet for pictures of them.Step two: Sometimes my stories involve research. If so, I browse the internet and read a lot of books that pertain to my story. If I have no research, I skip this step.Step three: A rough, and I mean very rough, usually written on post-it notes, outline and list of chapter ideas. I'm what you call a seat of the pants writer, so these notes can change at a moment's notice.During all of these steps, I'm writing the story. I usually have two screens up on my laptop. One for the story, one for the synopsis. They are written at the same time. The title usually comes somewhere around the middle of the book. I find the title and the synopsis to be the hardest things to write.
Oh, man. I have troubles with titles too. I'm within 10,000 words of finishing my current manuscript, and I'm still calling this thing by my main character's first name. Crossing my fingers that brilliance will strike...
To get entered to win Fudge-Laced Felonies, you can leave a comment either asking Cynthia a question, or tell us how YOU feel about coming up with titles. (US Residents only, Winner will be drawn Tuesday, June 14th.)