2013 Debut Author Guest Post - Rachel Walter

I am so thankful for awesome friends who help encourage me in this crazy world of mine!

     As I thought about all of the things I would like to share with you on my new blog one thing that came to mind was - the writing process.  I have had several people ask me lately, "how do you write a book?"
     Well, people, there isn't a wrong or right way to write.  There's no magic formula for all writers.  As a matter a fact, I'm pretty sure no two writers will tell you the same thing!
     With that in mind, I asked some other 2013 debut authors to guest post and share their journey to being a writer....here are their stories.

Today I have:

Rachel Walter
Author of True Connection, Due out Summer 2013!

I recently received an email from my wonderful #bondgirl sister. She asked if I would be interested in writing a guest post for her blog about my writing process. Overly excited, I responded with a YES!!!

So here I sit, at my desk with my laptop, staring at my Jack Skellington bobble head. Yes,
I talk to him, and he always says ‘yes’ so maybe that’s why I keep him around. :)

When I started writing True Connection, I had no process, no ritual, no organization. I didn’t even have a laptop when I started!  One night I was having issues falling asleep, (those that know me will say, “what else is new?”) I just couldn’t fall asleep. My brother called me around 4 am to tell me about this insane dream he had.  

“I ticked off all the Greek Gods and they were chasing me! Rachel, I don’t even know what I did!”
Of course, me being me, I laughed hysterically at him.  After I got off the phone with him, I just could not get back to sleep. I was wide awake and had new energy.  I forget what I did for the rest of the night. I may have read a book, I’m not sure, but over the next few days some parts of his dream stuck in my brain. Two days later I found a notebook and started writing by hand. Within two weeks I had three notebooks filled with the beginnings of my first novel.  I eventually told my husband and very few others. My husband went out and bought me a laptop, the sweetie that he is.

As I began transferring my written words to a Word Document, I noticed things needed to sound different or have more detail. So I did that. I eventually finished it and had a few people read it.

After I got the cover for True Connection, I had no idea what to do. A friend of mine told me to create a blog, Twitter, author page on Facebook and a few other things.

Now I have a process.
I get an idea and talk it out with my CP (critique partner) or I write up a description or beginning to the story first and share it with her. I get a connection with the characters or feel of the story and find music. Music is a MUST for me to write anything at all. After I find the right music, I make coffee, grab some snacks and sit with my laptop and Jack Skellington bobble head. I can’t write out of order. I just can’t do it. It’s a weird ‘me’ thing I suppose. Sometimes I brainstorm the whole book. I have one work in progress that I’ve done that for, it seems to work out okay, for that story. 

The others, I just write what they tell me to ;)

And there you have it friends!  Another writer and another process different from mine, but there is one common factor.  We are both doing what the voices in our heads are telling us to do!

Voices in my head.

About True Connection

Jazzy Williams is not your average coffee-loving teen. She's struggling with her grief, her famous uncle’s fans, an overprotective big brother, and a depressed mother, all while trying to make friends at her new school. In the first week, she meets a gorgeous green-eyed hottie who turns out to be more than just some high school crush - he's more than human. And she unknowingly enrages a very dangerous breed of immortal who wants her soul or life as payment. With the help of supernatural friends and protectors, Jazzy thinks she's safe until what remains of her family is put in danger. Does Jazzy have what it takes to save her family, life, soul and soul mate, or will all be lost?

About Rachel

Rachel is a loving mother in a blended family, a coffeenista, and a lover of reading and music. If she's not playing with the people inside her head, she enjoys watching her favorite Hockey and Football teams play, spending time with her family and friends, and loves a nice relaxing backyard bonfire.

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See you next week with another fun new author and their story!