A little late to the blog tour, but better late than never, as the old cliché goes! Thank you to Tiffany Dailey for involving me in the project. Check her out; she’s awesome: http://trdailey.blogspot.com
Also, thank you to Kelley Harvey and the Blog Tour for the great opportunity! Check Kelley out here: http://www.kelleyharveywrites.blogspot.com/
For those who are finding your way to my blog for the first time, welcome to Pour Me Another Novel! A writer by heart and soul, I was raised in rural northern New Jersey and have been a purveyor of the arts since a young age. In high school I cultivated a passion for writing. The realization that books and stories could not only change my world, but the world around me, lead me to study literature in college. My first novel, My Song, debuted in May 2012 and is currently available on amazon.com and lulu.com. When I’m not writing I can be found singing, reading, traveling, and/or drinking wine.
Currently I am working on two projects. The first and most important is my second novel, The Year of the Butterfly. I’m not sharing too much about it yet, as I’m still enjoying the beginning phase of getting to know my characters and their emotions. But trust me, it’s going to be a good one. I feel it deep within my bones. My second project is enhancing and expanding my blog, Pour Me Another Novel, which is a recent project. The premise is simple: I talk about the books I read and pair them with an awesome wine! Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper with Harvest Moon wine from Warwick Valley Winery (deep in the heart of the black dirt region of NY state), and The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand with Woodbridge White Zinfindel. This blog combines my love of reading and my love of wine into one perfect package. I mean, really, what is better than reading a good book with a glass of delicious wine? Not much, if you ask me!
While my blog may be light, fun, and filled with wine, my fiction writing goes a lot deeper.When I’m writing my novels and short stories, I definitely key in on my characters emotions. I focus heavily on how and why my characters feel the way they do. I think there is more conflict deep within ourselves than with outside forces. The journey from beginning to end shows how they deal with themselves and their environment. I find that my writing is deeply affected by emotion and my plots are heavily driven by what my characters feel, their morals, and their conscience. My books and short stories tend to be an emotional immersion.
I write the books and stories I do because I fell in love with writing as a way to deal with my own emotions. I find that there is healing in writing from the heart and putting feelings on paper. There is vulnerability in writing and how I feel and I honestly, I think it has made me a better person. Writing is therapy and my sincerest hope is to touch readers on a personal level, to tug at their heart strings.
My writing process is a bit scattered (in my experience, most writers’ processes are!). Usually, inspiration hits while I’m driving, when I have no ability to physically write anything down. That’s when Siri and I become best friends and I tell her to take a note of my idea. And she does with minimal grammatical errors that I decode when I am finally behind my desk and not the wheel. I have journal that is brown with the word COURAGE stamped across the front. It’s more important to me than any of my possessions. I use it to write scenes, ideas, stories, and letters. When I need inspiration, I need only to ready past entries. And usually a glass of good wine helps me relax and get the creative (grape) juices flowing. I type a lot of first drafts on my trusty computer and don’t think about editing until I’ve finished a scene or chapter. Then I like to go back and tighten the language and make sure all necessary, powerful emotion is present. I find inspiration wherever I go, whether I’m traveling, visiting vineyards for my blog, or just talking with friends or strangers. Parts of me and my life are always prevalent in my writing. Even if it’s the smallest detail, like a dog-eared page of a book I didn’t finish because I had looked up and met someone who changed my life forever at that moment. The details are important to me because they say so much in their simplicity. I am a person who has been profoundly impacted by those around me – the good and the bad. I continue to learn and grow and I leave that page dog-eared to remind me of a life changing moment, that I will never forget, but continues to influence everything I do, everything I’ve become, and most importantly, everything I write.