Friday, February 06, 2009

Guest Blogger: Kate Pearce: Inside my writing mind


(Just in case you ever wondered what went on in there.)

One of the strangest things about making stuff up and putting it in a book is that for me, the characters become totally real people. I don’t plot my books or write anything down-unless I absolutely have to-I have a vague idea of the major turning points, the dark moments, the ending, but overall I just let it happen. So naturally, characters don’t do what I think they will, they say things I’m not expecting, and then the whole book goes veering off in a total unexpected direction.

From this shambolic wandering, a book emerges, but up until the last chapter I’m still reassessing, discarding and revising ideas, working out what the hell my characters are trying to say and still trying to be true to the spirit of the story I wanted to tell. It probably sounds horrific to any reader or anyone who writes and plots, but somehow it works for me. If I’ve done my job well in the other 22 chapters of the book, things just start to come together and make sense. It’s almost magical.

Of course this doesn’t make me popular with my editor or anyone who asks me in the early stages what the book is going to be about. I’ll confidently suggest it will be dark, or funny or complex and it will turn out to be none of those things or something totally wacky. So far no one has balked at the end product so I’m hoping my luck will continue when the book I’m working on now, “Simply Wicked” (Anthony Sokorvsky’s story) finally gets done this week.

I have to admit I felt a bit of pressure about Anthony’s book. Lot’s of readers have asked about him and when his book will be out, (Nov 09!) and I’m hoping it will please everyone, but already knowing it won’t. And there’s another thing I love about writing-the feedback. How one reader can absolutely adore a character and another reader hate them. LOL I’m always amazed at how a string of words on the page can illicit such interest and such passion from readers. I’m not complaining though, because as I said, these characters are real to me, and I love it when readers care and worry about them too.

For example, I get a lot of comments about the fact that the two men in the first two Simply books, (Valentin and Peter) didn’t sit down at the end of the second book and have a heart to heart about how they intended to continue their relationship. To me, because I know them so well, it seemed quite obvious that they’d work it out. LOL But readers want to know and of course, by the time I get that feedback I’ve already moved on and finished the next book which goes in a totally different direction and started writing the fourth.

Sometimes I get comments from readers and I’m thrilled because they absolutely get it. Other times I wonder if they actually read the same book. For example, I’ve had a book described as ‘the best erotic romances I’ve ever read’ right down to ‘this is porn and should be on the top shelf of a men’s only store’. Go figure.

I hope you’ll be pleased to hear that despite my lack of plotting, Kensington Aphrodisia are letting me write 2 more of the ‘Simply’ series and a new contemporary erotic romance taking the series into 2010.

In the meantime, watch out for “Riding the Line”, the third and last of the Turner brother cowboy books from Virgin ‘Cheek’, which came out this week. (There’s a contest running on my blog this week to win a complete set of these books.) And then in May, the third of the Simply’s comes out, Simply Shameless.

Personally, I’m just happy that I get to write and that some people enjoy what I put out there, or at least have a reaction to it. LOL

Best
Kate Pearce x
http://www.katepearce.com/

We're certainly glad that Kate is writing, that is for sure!
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24 comments:

Anonymous said...

I find it fascinating, the process different authors go through to get their story onto paper. I am amazed at the seat of the pants type (when it comes to anything, not just writing) as I am an instruction person. I need patterns, outlines, etc. Thanks for sharing this!

Alannah Lynne said...

Hey Kate! Thanks for sharing your writing process with the world. Mine is similar and it's always nice to have reinforcement from others that that's the way they do it too. It makes me feel a little less crazy.

But the coolest thing you said was that you finished the book knowing some would love it and some wouldn't. I haven't gotten to that point yet. I'm a people pleaser by nature and knowing that some won't like it makes me upset and nervous. I hope that someday (soon) I reach the point where I can let it go, knowing some won' like it, and be at peace with that knowledge.

Good luck on meeting your current deadline!!

Karen H in NC said...

Hi Kate,

One thing I like about websites like this is that it gives me the opportunity to hear & read about new-to-me authors such as yourself. While checking out your website, I see you write historicals too (my favorite genre) so I will have to check you out a little closer!

flchen1 said...

Hi, Kate, Congrats on finishing up two trilogies! I've heard such good things about your writing. What are you working on next? More cowboys? More historicals? A new direction? Curious readers want to know! :)

Kate Pearce said...

Hi Natasha1 Yes, I know one of my crit partners nearly passes out when I airily suggest I have no idea what is going to happen next in my book1 I have a secret admiration for writers who can be organized, I'm sure it makes life a lot easier!

Kate Pearce said...

Hey Alannah!
Yes there are other people with crazy writing skills-you don't hear about them because they are incapable of sitting down and writing a how-to-book about a process that doesn't exist except in their head LOL

And yeah, writing a book and publishing it is a bit like standing out in the marketplace with your new born child asking people if he is beautiful or not-and not liking the answers...

In this business you have to grow a thick skin. This is my 9th published book and I've learned that you have to write it the way it should be written and not worry about anyone else.

Kate Pearce said...

Hey KarenH!
Yes, I do write historicals for Kensington Aphrodisia as well- a series all called 'Simply..." They are very edgy erotic romance-if you like that kind of thing.

Kate Pearce said...

Hi flchen1!
The cowboys are definitely a trilogy and unless I can find a new publisher for more Cowboy books, I'm done with them for the moment. (sad but true)

The historicals are part of a series, I'm currently writing #4 and there are already 2 more contracted which will be out next year (2010)-after that, I dunno, it depends on the state of the publishing industry and whether enough people buy the first 6.

I'll also be writing a contemporary for Aphrodisia, which isn't cowboys but is still pretty hot-I don't even get to start writing that one until the end of 09 as the 2 historicals come first.

So I'm busy and hopefully you'll get a chance to read one of my books soon :)

Tessy said...

Hi Kate,

Thanks for sharing so much about your process...still not sure I could sell on synopsis...like you I'm a panster!

Kate Pearce said...

Tessy, it is hard when you have no idea what you really want to write about LOL.
For my new contemporary proposal my agent made me give her a 2 paragraph high concept pitch, then a synopsis and then 3 chapters. It nearly killed me, I'd always prefer to write the chapters first and sell on that! But hey-we sold the contemporary too so it is worth it :)

Cathy said...

Great news about the Simply series, Kate. Will look forward to reading them.

Stacy S said...

It's always cool to see how a writer goes about getting the book wrote.

Estella said...

I find so many new to me authors on blogs.
I love historicals , so will be visiting your website to check them out.

Maureen said...

I do enjoy reading about all the different authors and how each one has his/her own special way of writing. I had never heard of this author before so I'm going to check out her website.

Kate Pearce said...

Hi Cathy-yes I'm very pleased to get to write some more of the Simply's-I love that series :)

StacyS-I wish it was as cool as it sounds-mostly its crazy mad berating myself for not being a sensible person and writing things down :)

Kate Pearce said...

Hey Estella-love that name btw-it is nice when you come across s new author isn't it? Well I hope it is in this case too :)

Hi Maureen! Hope you enjoyed the website-it's just about to get a major new look in April :)

Amy S. said...

Hi Kate! Congrats on the new release! Sounds good!

Kate Pearce said...

Thanks Amy S :)

ReadingIsSoMuchFun said...

Hello Kate! Congratulations on the new release. Riding The Line sounds like a awesome read. Love the cover ;)

Hugssss
LindaH

kaisquared said...

Kate I love your process. It reminds me of what a great sculptor said (Michaelangelo?) about how he created masterpieces...."I just carve away the parts that don't belong"...

Margie said...

Hi Kate! Congratulations on the release! Riding The Line sounds fantastic! I'm heading over to check out your website!

Deborah said...

Hi Kate! Thanks for sharing some of your writing process with us. Congrats on the new release! Riding the Line looks like a winner!

Sue A. said...

Congrats Kate on the new contracts for more of the "Simply" series. Yay!

I’m curious about something. With the release of a book taking as much or than a year from the time you finish it, do you ever want to do another re-write? I figure in a year a writer can have grown and changed emotionally and in their writing style in all that time.

robynl said...

Congratulations on the new release. Riding The Line sounds like a awesome read.