Tag And Brag!!

YAY, it's been a while since I've been tagged. Angela Cothran is stellar--I got to hang out with her a bunch at Storymakers last month and I just love that girl! And she tagged me, so here goes!

Tag, you're it! 

What am I working on? 

I've just finished the ending of a YA fantasy/sci-fi called SEALED WITH A KISS that I'll be pitching as Alias meets Cinder, an epic whirlwind of action and romance. I'm LOVING this story!!

I'm also making changes to a YA contemporary that is brimming with humor and romance (along with bits of tragedy) between a spunky girl and an especially knee-knocking male hottie. Loving these stories, can't wait to see what happens with them!

How does my work differ from others in its genre? 

I put my heart and soul into them, so in the same way people are all different, that alone I think makes them unique.

Why do I write what I do? 

Because stories take a hold of my life and won't leave me alone until I get them out there! :-p I especially love a good love story, so my stuff always has to have major romantic elements, though it is also a struggle to have that and still keep the stories clean!

How does my writing process work?

Usually I get an idea and scribble it down on paper. Then I figure out how to build the story around that one idea and as I go, characters start to flesh out more, along with the "aha's!" and plot twists in the story. I usually write EVERYTHING by hand first before entering it into the computer. And as I type in what I have, things begin to flesh out even more.

Then once I have the first draft, I can never edit directly on the computer screen, so I end up printing it out bit by bit and making editing notes on the paper. For some reason I think better with a pen in my hand!

Now it's my turn to tag someone, and it's always hard to pick just one person! I'd like to tag Karen Akins. I met Karen at a writer's conference several years ago, and her book sounded fabulous then. Now it's scheduled for release in October, and you guys, I can't WAIT to read this story. Here's the cover, and the blurb from Goodreads:

A time traveler accidentally brings a boy from the past into the 23rd century, only to discover he’s already in love with her future self and is keeping his own set of secrets.

Sounds legendary, right? I'm stoked for her!! PLUS she's doing a Goodreads giveaway, so click here to check it out! Yay, Karen!



ilima said...

I love writing romance in my stories too. I tried an MG novel once and it was torture not getting to write a kissy scene, lol. Your books sound amazing. ;)

Leandra Wallace said...

Sealed With A Kiss sounds like my sorta read! =) And I love your explanation of what makes your work different, very true.

Morgan said...

I've read BOTH of those stories and gaaaaah… SO GOOD. Both are so, SO GOOD. I can't wait for them to be out in the world!!!

And your process clearly works because you're SO talented, Cort. <3

Erin L. Funk said...

I used to write all my stories by hand, but eventually I got used to drafting on my computer. I still scribble out a ton of notes though, so I can see why you feel more creative with a pen in your hand! Good luck with your latest writing projects! :)

Unknown said...

Ahhh!!!! Thanks, Cortney!

And you actually got a tag & brag in my SCBWI presentation that I gave last Friday, talking about how my writing friends keep me sane. :)

Unknown said...

Also. You had me at Alias meets, well, anything. <3

Emily R. King said...

Love the Alias meets Cinder. I'm sold!

Tammy Theriault said...

Knee knocking hottie?? Say what? You had me at love, romance, spunky and knee knocking hottie!!

Gina Gao said...

Good luck on your writing projects!


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