Writing Process Blog Chain

Good day, everyone! My fabulous writing friend Cathy C. Hall invited me to join this blog chain. She always has something fun and funny going on, so how could I resist? So here it goes with my link in the chain:

What am I working on?

I’m currently finishing up some edits and revisions in the second book of The California Argonauts series. Gold Rush Deluge continues the story of Lucinda and George as they head to Sacramento, just in time for the 1850 floods, cholera, and fires. It’s hard to believe all those things happened in one year. Lucinda begins working with a doctor who also happens to be a murderer, (oops!) George envisions a plan to build levees and dams to protect the city of Sacramento, but Hardin Bigelow got the credit for that amazing project. Mix into that a society woman who wants to claim George for her own, and you have a love triangle/murder mystery/historical fiction story that I hope you’ll enjoy.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

There are stories and more stories of the gold rush. Many of them take place in the Yukon, and there are a few stories set in Australia and in California. But mine is the only one I know of in which the heroine wants to be a doctor. The stories are filled with medical practices and anecdotes from the mid-1800s. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first female doctor in the United States. She led the way for women to join the medical profession as doctors. She’s the inspiration for this series.

Why do I write what I do?

That’s simple. I write it because I find California history fascinating. (The teacher in me is showing.) The part I enjoy the most is the research. When I’m procrastinating about writing, I research. When I want to relax and have some downtime, I research. I find the personal stories and diaries the most interesting. Each time we drive to the Sierra Nevada mountains, I’m reminded of the people who came out here in wagons. Their strength and fortitude kept them alive, and I honestly don’t know if I could have lasted a month in their shoes. Their stories are truly amazing.

How does your writing process work?

I do a good deal of procrastinating/research. Then I think about the story, a what if scenario, and I get a picture in my mind. After that, I start sketching out a three act plot line. Then I embellish the plot points, and start adding more details. About that time, I start adding more details and characteristics to the characters. Finally, I write. Usually, I can write the novel in about six weeks. But it could take months or even years for me to get it edited and revised into a good story.

How about you? How does your writing process work? I’ve invited some other writers to join me in this blog chain, and I’ll be publishing the links to their posts soon. So keep the love going and check out:

Bridgette Booth, author of The Literature Club Project

Mindy Shafer, author of Hannah, Hannah, One-and-Two

Previous posts in the Writing Process Blog Chain:

Margo L. Dill, author of Caught Between Two Curses

Cathy C. Hall, author of bunches of fabulous and funny stories for children and adults.


8 responses to “Writing Process Blog Chain

  1. Your books sound really interesting. I love that you made it unique by adding the medical aspect! My first book was historical fiction. SO MUCH RESEARCH! Thanks for participating in this. I think it’s fun to see how everyone works. 🙂


  2. Oh my gosh, I LOVE those tidbits of research you’ve been teasing us with! And like Margo, I find it fascinating to hear of other authors’ writing processes! And now, I must get your FIRST book before the second one comes out. I can’t wait to read your sparkly story! (Um…I went a little crazy with exclamation points. Sorry–that’s my jam, as the kids say.) 🙂


    • Hi Cathy! More tidbits are coming your way. I’m so glad you enjoy them. I sometimes think I’m just putting them out there for my own enjoyment! 🙂
      I say, on the Internet, apostrophe away! Everyone does it!


  3. I use research to procrastinate too! Love history. Could get swallowed up by it. Thanks for including me.


  4. Vicki Tremper

    Your passion totally comes through! GRD sounds awesome and I can’t wait for you to finish it. Good luck!