Posted Feb 23 2015, 9:08 pm
Writing WANT IT was an amazing process—the book went through some significant revisions, as I explored all of the many things Zander and Erin could do and be in their quest to re-discover each other and see if they might begin again. So as I considered this blog topic, I thought it might be fun to see how much they appreciated my writing process!
Q: Can you describe Jenn’s Writing Process?
Zander: Yes. It’s a cluster-f—k.
Erin (elbowing him): That’s not true! Just because you don’t have an artistic bone in your body, doesn’t mean that everyone does things on the straight and narrow. Jenn wrote the first draft thinking the story would be one thing, but then as she got to know us, she realized that our story could go in a very different direction. So her process for this book was to draft—and then redraft. After that, it was a matter of helping refine the book to make it (hopefully!) even more fun for readers.
Q: Okay. What was the hardest part about this process for you?
Zander: No net. All the damn time, she was writing without a net.
Erin: That’s true enough. Jenn was writing us into some pretty dangerous situations, and then she would come back the next day and give us a break so we could spend some more time together and learn more about each other. But just when we thought we could kick back and enjoy the Mexican sunshine, she would go into danger mode again!
Q: Is there anything about it you liked?
Erin, speaking quickly: Oh, yes! I had so much fun talking with Dani (whose story, RISK IT, comes out this spring!) and reconnecting with Zander. We had our difficulties, but that’s to be expected in any rekindled romance story. And then there was the—
Zander, cutting her off: The sex. The sex was outstanding. Absolutely mission accomplished on that. (Gives thumbs up)
Q: Well, all right, then! What do you think WANT IT taught Jenn about the writing process?
Zander: The thing is, with any operation, you gotta have a plan, and then a back-up plan, and then a few contingency plans for things you flat out know are never going to happen—but could. Writing this book gave Jenn the opportunity to dip her toe into my world: military suspense, and that took some exploration for her. She had to learn to be way more flexible to make sure the story still stayed true to the vision, even when the bullets started flying.
Erin: Flexibility was key, and also perspective. Elements of WANT IT were challenging, certainly—like my mother, who is always challenging. But some elements were very easy to write, like Rey.
Zander: Rey would like nothing better than to be described as ‘easy.’ Make sure you put that in your interview.
Q: Last Question! If you could give aspiring authors out there any suggestions for writing their own books, what would it be?
Erin, smiling: I’ll take this one first. You have to truly love your story idea, because turning that into a full-fledged story will require a lot of dedication, persistence, and passion. It’s all totally worth it, but make sure you pick a story that you are willing to stay with through thick and thin!
Zander: For me, it’s all about keeping your eye on the prize: your mission objective. If you want to write the book of your heart—write that. If you want to write fun, fast stories that are entertaining and then you’re on to the next—write that. If you want to write the Great American Novel—write that. It’s all up to you. You’re the one in control of your book, so man up and take that control to help make sure that your book helps you reach your ultimate objective.
This post originally appeared on Christine’s Words, as part of the WANT IT promotional blog tour.