I was asked if I’d like to join a blog hop by Elyse Bruce. This is a chance to introduce other authors to our own readers. First, here is a bit about Elyse Bruce:
Elyse Bruce’s career in the arts industry is well-documented and extensive, and there’s no question that she is a woman of many talents and abilities. Elyse has 12 books to her name, with 3 of those books being part of the “Missy Barrett Adventure” series for young readers. She also has a collection of short stories titled, “A Summer Of Somebodies: Cautionary Tales For Modern Times” and this Fall, she will publish more cautionary tales for modern times with another short story collection titled, “Fireflies and Front Porches.” The second book in the “Idiomation” series is also slated for release later this year.
As a professional musician, her music continues to receive regular airplay on mainstream and internet radio. In 2005, she released her instrumental CD “Quietudes” and followed it up with her second instrumental CD “Dreamtime” in 2010. In 2007, she released “Countdown To Midnight” with 12 original songs, 3 of which were co-written with Thomas D. Taylor.
It’s an impressive resume to say the least, but even more so when you realize that she has accomplished all this while raising a son with multiple serious health conditions including autism, Myasthenia Gravis (a rare, incurable, life-threatening neuromuscular disease that strikes 2 in 1 million minors), a bilateral congenital kidney defect, and an assortment of less-serious-than-those-already-mentioned diagnosed health issues…and all that as a single parent!
When eyes isn’t busy being creative, she can be found in her kitchen baking her infamous ultimate chocolate chip cookies.
Let’s keep this blog hop rolling. Good Karma begets good karma.
Now, for answering my four questions:
1. What am I working on:
I’m working on book 3 of my dragon series. I’m also working on a World of Warcraft fan fiction that I call “The Eye of the Oracle”. What’s the eye of the Oracle you say? You’ll have to wait until it’s finished to find out. <big grin>
2. How does my work differ from others in my genre:
In the case of my dragon series, my dragons are not on some distant fantasy world like Middle Earth. My dragons are on our world in the distant past. My perspective is that since nearly every civilization to ever exist had legends of dragon; therefore, there must have been dragons at one time. This makes things a bit more difficult because I have to deal, atleast to some degree, with this pesky thing called HISTORY. Having history intertwined with the story is both challenging as well as a learning experience.
3. Why do I write what I write:
In the case of my non-fictions, I write to create a discussion. Sometimes to inform, whether the reader wants to be informed or not. in the case of my other genres, like my fantasy series, I write to entertain. I think most readers who read fiction of any genre are reading to be entertained. If I can toss in a bit of history, so much the better.
4. How does my writing process work:
If I sit in front of the computer, and stare at the screen, I’ll still be staring at the screen three hours from now. So, I play the computer game World of Warcraft, while my novel, short story, whatever my current project, sits at the back of my mind. As I play the game, my project is turning around in my mind. Suddenly, an idea will come to me. I’ll minimize the game, write the few sentences, paragraphs, or even a few pages and then return to the game. I usually find that while I was gone, some mob wandered by and killed me and I have to go in search of my body…I know it seems strange, but it works for me!
Now, this is where I’m supposed to put the three authors that are supposed to carry on this blog hop, but I was unable to get anyone in time. So, this post will grow as I find the three authors who want to be added.