Monday, 10 February 2014

My Writing Process - Blog Tour #mywritingprocess

Thank you to the lovely, and talented, Alison Morton, for nominating me as one of three authors to take part in the Writing Process Blog Tour. If you haven't yet read Alison's fantastic novels based in the alternative world of 21st century Romans in Roma Nova, Inceptio and Perfiditas, you don't know what you're missing. You can find out more about Alison and her writing on her website here. 

As part of this fantastic tour, I need to answer the following four questions for you, so here goes:
What am I working on?
The second book in my Jersey Romance Series, A Jersey Affair, which will be out in all formats in April. Each of the books are stand alone romances based in Jersey, but the protagonists from each novel make appearances in others in the series.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My romances are based in and around Jersey and the tiny groups of islands between here and France. They give a taster of what it’s like to live here and the idyllic places where the romantic scenes, conflict and resolutions are carried out in the stories at various locations in the island.
Why do I write what I do?
Because I’m a perpetual romantic, who loves writing about sexy heroes and adore living in Jersey, so combining all three by writing romantic novels set in this island makes perfect sense to me. I hope it does to others, too.
How does my writing process work?
I start with an idea, the names for my protagonists, various sub plots, a major plot and then decided the perfect setting for the different scenes, then I write an outline and start writing the first draft. I see where the story takes me, keeping the vague notes/ideas nearby, and take it from there. After the first ‘dirty’ draft, I then take a look at the deeper aspects of the book and tighten it, sorting out anything that doesn’t work. I then send the book to my wise beta readers, who then give me notes about what didn’t work for them and suggestions as to how the book could be improved. Then I edit again… Eventually I feel, after much rewriting, editing and angst, that the book is ready to publish and send it to a proof reader, then for formatting. Finally, it's ready to be published. It's hard work, but I love it... most of the time!

Now it's my turn to nominate three other writers to you. I'd like to pass you on to three lovely authors whose work I thoroughly enjoy:

Jennifer Joyce is a writer of romantic comedies who lives in Manchester with her husband and their two daughters. Her debut novel, A Beginner's Guide To Salad is available now.
Her blog is and you can also find her on Twitter at
Sheryl Browne writes heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal - and a little Ohhhh la la! She brings you poignant, witty modern romance. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for Innovation in Romantic Fiction, Sheryl now has five books published with Safkhet Publishing.
You can find her on Twitter at and Sheryl's Website 

Kathryn Eastman worked as an EFL tutor in Greece and Germany before returning home to qualify as a lawyer, after which she worked in private practice for a London law firm and later in-house for an Internet company. When that company was sold, she started writing. She also went back to teaching English, this time to foreign homestay students, who come and live as part of the family in Kath's home on the side of a Welsh mountain. Well, more like a hill, really - in fact, it's the same one that inspired the Hugh Grant film The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain.
Kath has had articles, short stories and poetry published and is currently working on her third novel while the first one goes out on submission this year. You can find her on Twitter at @katheastman or on her Nut Press blog


  1. Thanks for nominating me, Georgina. Looking forward to taking part!

  2. My pleasure, Jenni. Thanks very much for taking part! x

  3. I love the term 'dirty draft', Georgina. Reminds us that we have be extremely critical of our own work, making sure it's 'clean' before we put it out there. Thanks for the nomination - and best of luck! xx

    1. I love that term, too. Thanks very much for taking part, I look forward to reading your post. x

  4. Always interesting to hear how other authors work. I love the sound of Jersey romance, must put them on my reading list.

  5. I am really enjoying this blog tour, Georgina. It's so interesting to see how other writers work - and to hear what works for them. There seem to be as many different ways of working as there are writers! And I love that place is so central to your novels. It's something that's very important to me.

    Thanks very much for passing the baton to me!

    1. My pleasure Kath, I've really enjoyed taking part in this blog tour and am thrilled that you will be too! x