The Writer who discovered, pitched and sold the Erin Brockovich story to Hollywood.
Pamela DuMond

Monday, March 24, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour (And a Bookbub Sale!)

A shoutout to my talented writer friend Alli Sinclair for inviting me to share in the writing process blog hop.

Alli's Blog:

I started writing non-fiction and essays. I discovered and pitched the Erin Brockovich story which inspired me to attend UCLA screenwriting classes. I wrote a few screenplays that went -- nowhere. I finally saw the light and wrote my first novel - Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (A Romantic, Comedic Annie Graceland Mystery.) A small press published it in 2010. At the end of my contract in 2012, I decided to leave that press and self-publish. What a great decision!

What am I working on?

In terms of novels I'm working on three very different projects.

Part-Time Princess (Ladies in Waiting #1) is a New Adult Romantic Comedy to be published Spring, 2014. It's a mash-up of Ms. Congeniality and Bridesmaids.

The Messenger (Mortal Beloved,Book Two) is the second book in a Young Adult Time Travel Romantic saga. 

It's going to be shopped as a TV show! Yay!
(And that's a whole 'nother blog post about what I'm working on...)

Cupcakes, Bars and Rock Stars (A Romantic, Comedic Annie Graceland Mystery #5) is a snarky mystery about the mis-adventures of Annie Graceland, a slightly psychic baker who not only talks to ghosts but is guilted into solving their murders.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Part-time Princess is New Adult Romance, but it's heavy on the comedy. All my NA romances actually have plots. They're NOT just excuses to write sex scenes!

Messenger has a solid foot in present day but incorporates historical settings and figures. It is filled with romance, packed with adventure, but it is NOT dystopian!

Cupcakes has a little more romance and snarky humor than your average 'cozy' mystery. Cupcakes readers like their guys hot, their cocktails crisp and their humor not all that 'precious'.

Why do I write what I do?

I love writing funny novels. Readers enjoyed the adventures of Annie Graceland in CupcakesLies, and Dead Guys and encouraged me to turn it into a series. (I listened to you all - thank you!)

But I was also dying to write YA genre - hence The Messenger series.

The strong romantic element in Messenger made me want to try my hand at a real romance. 

New Adult Romance genre explores the ages between eighteen and twenty-five-ish. It's chock full of  angst-filled moments like: leaving home. Finding yourself. Falling in love. Experimenting. NA Romance seemed like the perfect fit for me. I loved writing The Story of You and Me and will continue writing this genre.

How does my writing process work?

I'm definitely more a write by the seat of my pants kind of girl. I do however obsess over details. I needed to nail the history for Messenger and be accurate with medical descriptions for Story. When I write comedy I find I have to layer it in day by day. The humor does not happen over night.

And a Bookbub Bonus Sale! 

Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys (A Romantic, Comedic Annie Graceland Mystery) is on SALE for 99 cents until March 31st

I'm thrilled that Bookbub is featuring it today, March 24th. Feel free to share with your friends!




Thanks for stopping by the blog! You can check out the writing processes of talented authors JoAnn Kelly, Maggie Marr, and Dave Thome next Monday, March 31st.


Pamela DuMond
J.M. Kelley is a member of Romance Writers of America (PAN). She serves on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Writers' Workshop as Vice President and Publicity Chair, and is a proud recipient of a Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award.

Maggie Marr is an attorney, author, and independent producer. She began her Hollywood adventure pushing the mail cart.  She is the author of Hollywood Girls Club, Secrets of the Hollywood Girls Club, Hollywood Hit, Courting Trouble, and Can't Buy Me Love. Hard Glamour the first book in her new Glamour Series is now available. Broken Glamour, book two publishes this spring.  Maggie lives and works in Los Angeles.

Dave Thome, a.k.a. DC Thome, shares revelations gained from writing romance novels at his blog Man Writing a Romance. The first two books in his Fast Lane series, Palm Springs Heat and Malibu Bride, are available from Amazon. The third, San Fernando Dreams, is due this summer.