Blog Hop: Why do you write?

Welcome to my first blog hop!
While I may be a creative type (a writer, a blogger), I'm also still a nerd at heart (a CPA and a lawyer) and I will, therefore, follow these blog hop directions to a T (pushes glasses up nose).

Here we go.

STEP ONE: Acknowledge the person & site that involved you in the blog tour.  Done.  Hereby acknowledging the fabulous Victoria Barbour. Check her out at www.victoriabarbour.com and see her blog post from last week - when it was her turn - here.

STEP TWO: Answer the four questions below about your writing process.

1) What am I working on?
My second novel.  The first is the story of Veronica, a single 29-year-old Manhattan lawyer guided by her dead Italian grandparents.  The second is the story of Jada, Veronica's best friend, who is now an unhappily married mother who meets with her spirit guide, a cousin who has passed to the other side.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
It's women's fiction, yes, but with a spiritual twist.  You could say it's Sex and the City meet Ghost. I always say I write for the Sex and the City loving lady with a spiritual side.  If you can relate to modern day problems in love life and work life, adorn high heels and adore martinis (you know, the prerequisites for the true urban female experience) and are also a thinker, a feeler, a believer, a person who knows energy doesn't die, neither does love, and you believe in signs, read this.  And, follow me on Twitter @FernRonay and Facebook so I can let you know when my book is available for consumption.

3) Why do I write what I do?
The first novel is a love letter to my husband.  There'd be no first book if I'd never met him.  Still, it all feels completely involuntary.  The stories and the words flow through my fingers and I can't help myself.  I feel grateful that the universe somehow, for some reason, picked me to deliver these stories to the world.  Little ol' me.  I'm blessed.

4) How does your writing process work?
First, I just spit it all out, without ever (EVER) stopping to go back to edit, change, revise, cut, chop, add.  NEVER.  I put it all down from beginning to end, the full story arc, following my outline (which I do change, revise, cut, chop and add to throughout, depending on what the characters do to surprise me.  And they always surprise me).
Then, once it's all down, I go back over (and over and over and over) to edit, change, revise, cut, chop, add.
Not surprisingly, I'm not as grateful to the universe for the editing process.

STEP THREE: Say who is on next week.
That would be these four lovely ladies.  I was supposed to find three writer/bloggers but I'm an overachiever.

Cindy Buccieri
As a professional blogger, author and business owner, Cindy Buccieri engages and enlightens audiences while providing easy to understand solutions to their blogging and online challenges. Cindy is the author of "Blogging the Right Way: Learn How to Launch a Blog and Start Making Money" and the founder of CB Virtual Services, an content marketing and web design company. Cindy is also a blogging consultant, instructor, BlogTalkRadio Show host, contributing writer at SocialSoluctionsCollective.com and an Expert at ShowKnows.com. Visit Cindy online at http://www.cindybuccieri.com.

Madge Madigan
Been to hell and back, I’ll tell you how I survived with humor. I’m loud, short, curvy, and have red hair. I’m a cross between Erma Bombeck and Kathy Griffin. Common sense meets filth.
I’m Margaret, also known as “Madge” Madigan.
I have been a freelance writer for several years. I originally went to the University of Maine to study Broadcast Production. Following college I worked in radio and TV for ten years, where I first discovered my passion for marketing and writing. One of the things that inspired me to go out on my own in more creative pursuits was when I was Marketing Director for Judy Columbus Real Estate many years ago. I wrote all the content for print ads and property brochures. It’s amazing how many ways you can come up with a nice way of saying a home has crappy shag carpet. But that’s where my creative expertise came in and saved the day and launched my writing career!
In my over 20 years of marketing writing and public relations, I have worked in various industries including real estate, printing, financial planning, dental and non-profit. My skills have also changed over the years as new media has developed. I’m now well versed in writing web content inlcuding SEO, SEO blurbs, blogs, basic web design, and social media.
Personally, I am a divorced Mother of 3 teenagers, living in Rochester, NY. I enjoy dive bars, fine dining, alternative music, writing (duh), and being a Mom. See more at www.madgemadigan.com

Elizabeth Rago 
A modern domestic woman, I love my home and long to make it a comfortable and welcoming place to gather. My daytime job is being a writer in several capacities.  As a freelance writer and copywriter, I work from home amid the magnificent chaos of my three small children. See more at www.elizabethrago.com

Vanessa Rouse
I'm a former Special Education teacher, wife, and mother of two sons and four rescued pets. Two years ago, I "retired" from my teaching job to devote more time to my family and to fulfill a childhood dream. I became a stay-at-home mom/children's book writer & illustrator. A few months ago (August 2013), I also became a blogger! In my spare time (when I'm not busy working on a new book project, or blogging, or taking care of my boys, husband, and pets, or cleaning the house, or doing the laundry, or cooking, or helping with homework and sports), I love reading, watching chick flick movies and reality shows, and working out. My blogging philosophy is to have fun and blog in your pajamas! http://mamabearbedtimebooks.blogspot.com

 

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