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Meet my Main Character Blog Tour – Kate Hampton

I’ve been tagged by the lovely author, Maria Savva to partake in a tour involving my main character.

What are the rules? They’re simple!

I have to answer seven questions about a main character from one of my novels, then I nominate five other authors to answer the same questions.

Here’s a link to Maria’s blog where she introduced her character, Nigel Price. He’s my type of man — tortured and with secrets 😉 I can’t wait to read more about him in Maria’s latest book, Haunted

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sas_2kindleHere are my responses about Kate Hampton.

1. Tell us a little about this main character. Is she fictional or a historic person?

Kate Hampton is a fictional character from my book, Stranger at Sunset.

2. When and where is the story set?

The story is set around the end of 2012 and the first few months of 2013, primarily in Jamaica, West Indies.

3. What should we know about her?

Kate is a psychiatrist in her mid-thirties. Her defining trait is her intelligence and her ability to assess someone almost immediately upon meeting them.

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?

Her main conflict involves her own mind. There are parts of her life she would rather forget. She is aware an incident from her past has traumatized her, but it’s buried so deep in her subconscious, she is uncertain as to what it is.

5. What is her personal goal?

Her goal is to find out why travel writer, Matthew Kane has written a scathing review of her favorite holiday spot, threatening to shutter the Jamaican resort for good.

6. What are the titles of your novels, and where can we read more about them?

Stranger at Sunset is my first novel, and the first in this genre – psychological mystery/thriller. My previous books were literary erotica written as short stories, novellas, and anthologies. You can find out more about my books at edenbayleebooks.

7. When can we expect your next book to be published?

The next book will also feature Kate Hampton, and it’s called A Fragile Truce. I aim for a trilogy with her as the main character. The new book should release by next year if not sooner. You can read an excerpt of it at the end of Stranger at Sunset. 

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Now I’ll nominate five other authors. All of them are terrific writers, so please visit them and give their books a read.

~ Science fiction author, Mars Dorian, just released his first novel, Blogbuster.

~ Fiction author Lisette Brodey writes in multiple genres, including the acclaimed drama Crooked Moon.

~ Author Christoph Fischer, writer of historical fiction novels, and A Time to Let Go, a drama about Alzheimers.

Billy Ray Chitwood, the author of more than a dozen books, with his latest Bailey Crane novel, A Common Evil.

~ Author Victoria Dougherty, whose book The Bone Church is receiving excellent reviews.

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Learn About my Writing Process

Happy Monday! My regular Music Monday post has been replaced by this blog meme and will return next week. “My Writing Process” is a blog tour which takes place every Monday. Here, you will discover an individual author’s writing process based on four simple questions.

I was invited by author Raymond Bolton, who posted his writing process last Monday. I’ve featured Raymond on my blog previously when he released his novel, Awakening.

Below are the questions and my answers:

What am I working on?
My very first novel. Wheee! I’ve written and published anthologies, novellas, short stories, and flash fiction up until now, so this full-length novel has been a real challenge. It’s also a different genre from what I primarily wrote in. I’m moving from erotica to mystery.

Double whammy, but hey, I love a challenge, or maybe I’m just mad.

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How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I’ll be honest. I hate this question. As a writer who’s penned erotica, romance, thrillers, I’m all about the storytelling and I could give a rat’s ass about genre. Genre is an old dividing line for readers, with some stories categorized as plot-driven and others as character-driven. Mysteries are normally classified as plot-driven, along with thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, and romance. There’s a lot of judgment in this type of categorization, with the assumption that character-driven stories are more “literary,” and plot-driven “genre” stories are entertaining but not well written.

To this, I say, Bullocks! And I’m not even British.

mysteryIt’s ridiculous to pit one against the other, and that’s why the argument of genre becomes tiresome for me.

I don’t write to fit my work into a genre. I’ve classified my upcoming book as a psychological mystery because there are complex characters and interplay between them. There is also a plot that moves them forward. There is no detective, but there is suspense. The end product has both conflict and growth. Whether you love the “Whodunnit” mystery or prefer the psychological interaction between characters, I think you’ll enjoy my book.

Why do I write what I do?

I’m not crazy about this question either (I’m beginning to wonder why I’m on this tour 😉 ). The best answer I can come up with is my writing is fuelled by interests outside of writing. Some of these things are: the human psyche; foreign destinations; music; culture; current events; travel; life and death; love; sex; life in general. Until now, I’ve written erotica because I had the stories, and I liked telling them. Sex is a provocative and universal subject.

Now, I have another story to tell. It’s not erotic. It’s mysterious. Can you tell I really don’t like being labeled?

How does my writing process work?

In previous interviews, I’ve said I don’t deconstruct my writing, and that’s the god’s honest truth, but there are a few things I do regularly which steep me in the discipline.

Writing everyday is important. Reading is important. Right now, I’m on a word count schedule because it’s important to know I’ve reached milestones in my book, but that’s as strict as I get. The internal pressure to finish my book is great, but I also know myself. As a full time writer, I can easily become obsessive and self-absorbed if I don’t have a balance in my life. For this reason, I pursue external endeavours that have little to do with writing. 

One last tidbit, though I consider writing a serious business (and it should be if you want to earn a living from it), it needs to be fun. Here’s a piece of writing humour you might enjoy.

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Next week, you can discover the writing process of three more authors. Visit their sites and see how amazing they are, then you’ll know why I chose them for this tour. I’ve included their Twitter handles too, so you can follow them now.

They will each post on Monday, February 24th to their individual sites, so watch for them!

Annetta Ribken ~ A professional editor of over ninety novels, Annetta Ribken has also been writing since a tender young age, when letters were chiseled on stone tablets, and is currently living and working just outside St. Louis with her evil feline overlord, a rescued shelter cat named Athena. Twitter: @netta50

Cameron Garriepy ~ Romance novelist, genre-crossing short story author and indie publisher. Twitter: @camerongarriepy

Victoria Dougherty ~ She comes from the ultimate Cold War family – daring escapes, backyard firing squads, Communist snitches, bowlfuls of goulash, gargoyles, spies, killers and dangerous pursuits, all part of her recent family history and explain why she writes Cold War thrillers. Twitter: @vicdougherty

My sincere thanks again to Ray for inviting me on this tour.

~eden

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