My Writing Process

Posted Apr 7 2014

Thanks to author Logan Belle, a.k.a. Jamie Brenner, for inviting me to participate in the “My Writing Process” blog tour!  Under her ‘real’ name, Jamie Brenner is the author of the  1920’s novel The Gin Lovers  which Fresh Fiction named  as one of the Top Thirteen Books to read in 2013 and described as “Downton Abbey meets Fifty Shades of Grey.”  As Logan Belle,  she writes contemporary romance and erotic romance with plenty of twists and turns, but always with an HEA. Visit Logan at

In this blog tour, authors share a bit about their writing process.  Here are some details about mine:

1) What am I working on?  I’m working on book #8 in my IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway series. This book will be called Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses. In this book, Tara goes after people running specious nonprofit organizations, while her boyfriend and fellow special agent Nick goes deep undercover to pursue a drug cartel.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I’d have to say it’s my goofy sense of humor.  I tend to toward sassy and slightly warped. 

3) Why do I write what I do?

Because it’s so much fun! I love sitting down at my computer and seeing what kind of outrageous situations I can think of to toss my characters into.  Writing is a great escape!

4) How does my writing process work?

I’m definitely a planner.  Before I write a single word, I prepare a detailed spreadsheet that outlines where the story will be going.  Surprises still pop up along the way, but at least I have a roadmap so I won’t end up going over a cliff.  I write every day, even on weekends.  If the weather’s good, I write outside on my patio.  If the weather’s bad, I write on my couch or in bed.  Sitting at a desk stifles me, because desks are for working and my writing has never felt like work to me.  It feels more like play and entertainment.  I wish everyone could have a job they loved this much! 

Look for the “My Writing Process” blog tour next week at these author sites:

Sherrel Lee: The love of alternate worlds led Sherrel to read, watch, and explore myth, legend, lore which resulted in the “Valens of Legacy Series” where she discovered a dark side to share with her readers. Visit Sherrel at

Barb Han:  Barb Han is the author of romance novels and romantic suspense.  Visit her website at, and check out her blog about her writing process at

Tessa Gray:  Tessa Gray is the consummate believer of ‘second chances.’ Her hearth and home stories feature characters whose lives have taken an unexpected turn, forcing them to reexamine the world as they once knew it. Her Dreamcatchers series is a perfect fit for any book club.  Visit Tessa at

1 Comment

  1. Barb Han says:

    Always fun to read about other writers’ processes. Can’t wait to be part of the next stop on the tour.

    Take care,


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  Diane Kelly
Haha! Our terrier mix and shepherd mix are certainly selective, too. They hear "treat" without fail, but "down" or "no!" don't always register. Raggs is such a cute name!
  Molly Weston
Reggie certainly looks happy! My own dog, Raggs, has "selective" hearing--and he's not well trained. But. Our dogs are family and we do love them.
  Diane Kelly
Thanks, Barbara! I wish I could write faster, too! My ideas are backing up in my head. : ) I wish my brain had a USB port where I could automatically download the stories from my mind to the page. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book! I'm hard at work on the second one, A Trip with Trouble.
I LOVED getaway with Murder. The second book can't be published soon enough. Can you write any faster? ;-)



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