Writing Process Blog Hop

26 May



Hello everyone! I was invited to participate in another Writing Process Blog Hop by writer Tish Farrell. Her published fiction includes short novels for the African Children’s literature market, quick reads for unkeen teen readers, and short stories for Cricket, Spider and Cicada magazines. She’s also written a young adult how-to-write series ‘Write your own…’ which among other awards earned a special Golden Duck Award for encouraging excellence in children’s Science Fiction writing.  JK Rowling has also won a Golden Duck in her time. It is a sign?

Author Tish Farrell

Author Tish Farrell

Tish Farrell is a member of the Society of Authors and of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Please check out her SCBWI page here.

tish farrell-books



There are a few simple rules:

1/ I must answer the four questions below.

2/ I must link back to the person who invited me to this Blog Hop.

3/ I must name a few writers who will continue this Blog Hop and notify them.






1) What are you working on?

I’m working on several projects at the moment. I’m almost done editing the first installment of my Fantasy Angels Series, Lilith. I’m writing the second installment, Dracul. I’m working on sketches for a children’s picture book.



2) How does your work differ from others in the genre?

I believe writers develop their own unique style over time. I enjoy weaving in a bit of romance and/or humor to lighten my horror or dark fantasy stories. I love adding suspense and thriller elements to everything I write. I also enjoy using a somewhat archaic language when writing fantasy because it gives it a fairytale quality.



3) Why do you write what you write?

I grew up reading novels by Stephen King. I love to read horror (but not all types), suspense, thriller and fantasy. I also love watching dark fantasy, horror, suspense/thriller and sci-fi movies and TV shows. So basically, I write what I love to watch and read.



4) How does your writing process work?

I’m a pantster when it comes to short stories. I get an idea in my head, and I run with it until it arrives at whatever end. When it comes to novels, I’m somewhere in between. I don’t believe you can write a 120,000-140,000 word novel by the seat of your pants. A well-written novel–one that’s exciting and thrilling with a great plot and well-developed characters–takes time, plotting, organization and good editing. I like to ponder my idea for a while. I always have my iPhone handy in case an idea for the story pops into my head while I’m driving, in the bathroom or at work. I’ve been known to rush off in the middle of things to record something that occurred to me, inspired by something I just saw or heard (my friends and family are used to it, and they forgive me). I do some light mapping and write a loose outline to organize my thoughts, but the process still flows organically and many times, the story goes off the map. I enjoy sketching my characters, animals and worlds I’ve created.



Look for the Blog Hop to continue next week at these sites: (Click on the author’s name and visit their sites)


Bianca Sloane – Bianca is an avid reader and a talented writer. Her book Sweet Little Lies was highly recommended by a friend and is high on my list to read. Her suspense novel, Live and Let Die, was chosen as Thriller of the Month (May 2013) by  When she’s not writing, she’s watching Bravo TV, Investigation Discovery, reading or cooking.



Bianca Sloane

Author Bianca Sloane




Rebekkah Ford – Rebekkah is an author of a YA paranormal/fantasy trilogy called Beyond the Eyes. She grew up in a family who dealt with the paranormal. Her parents were the directors of the UFO Investigator’s League in Fairfield, Ohio, back in the 1970s. They also investigated ghost hauntings and Bigfoot sightings in addition to UFO’s. Growing up in this type of environment and having the passion for writing is what drove her at an early age to write stories dealing with the paranormal. She’s fascinated with the paranormal world and love talking and writing about it. Rebekkah is a kindhearted, sweet and lovable person as well as a talented writer and I’m very happy to have met her.

Rebekkah Ford-Beyond the Eyes-series

Author Rebekkah Ford




Jay Scully – Jay is a super cool guy and a talented writer I met on Twitter. He is an avid reader, reviewer and scriptwriter. He writes dark, gut-wrenching thriller that pose serious questions.  His novel Dutch Coffee Shop is about an American, Jimmy Dempsey, who is wrongly accused of murder and flees to Holland to escape prosecution. This is an edge of your seat, nail-bitting, hold on to your butts, roller-coaster ride!

Jay Scully-Dutch Coffee Shop-book

Author Jay Scully




Kimberly H. Smith –  Aside from being a talented writer and busy blogger Kimberly is an incredibly strong woman. She’s survived chicken pox, Catholic school, childbirth and the big C (cancer). Her debut novel Acting On Her Behalf is about a fetching television and film actress Colby Crenshaw, who is arrested on live television for killing her longtime best friend, Sharon Darcy. All of Sharon’s numerous secrets are revealed as Colby finds herself in jail awaiting trial for murder. Malcolm Morrow, a high profile Beverly Hills attorney, comes to Colby’s aid to defend her against the devastating charges. They are immediately attracted to each other despite the unusual circumstances. Malcolm becomes more determined than ever to exonerate Colby when her highly publicized troubles have friends and family turning against her. She is tested as her world crumbles around her. Fascinating, isn’t it?


writing process blog hop-Vashti Quiroz-Vega's Blog

Author Kimberly H. Smith




Paul Rega – Paul is impressive and worthy of admiration. He is a Top 100 bestselling author who began his writing career in 1980 while attending Western Illinois University as a staff reporter for the Western Courier. Upon graduating with a degree in biology and journalism, he spent the next thirty years in business having started an executive search firm in 1984. His passion for writing stayed with him throughout his business life, and he started writing his first book in 1993. He published, How To Find A Job: When There Are No Jobs in December 2011. The book was an instant success, and hit #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list for job hunting books in March 2012. He published 12 Steps to Freedom in August 2013, Trail of 32, a true coming of age story in September 2013, The Syndrome, a novel in April 2014 and A Two Pedal World series in May 2014. Paul currently lives in a small town along the Gulf Coast of Florida, where he is writing his next book.


Paul Rega-How To Find A Job When There Are No Jobs

Best-Selling Author Paul Rega


 That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed reading a bit about my writing process. Please check out Tish’s blog and the sites of the awesome writers I’ve introduced her. Have a great week everyone! 😀


15 Responses to “Writing Process Blog Hop”

  1. writerashwin89 May 26, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    It was quite interesting to read your answers for those questions..! We do have a couple of things in common when it comes to writing!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 26, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

      Hi Ashwin! I’m so glad to know that we have things in common in our writing process and I’m happy you enjoyed the read. 😀


  2. Tish Farrell May 26, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    V. good post, Vashti. Nice to hear about your writing process. Thank you so much for all those plugs 🙂 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 26, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

      Hi Tish! Thank you for inviting me. Loved that picture of you. You’re very welcome. 🙂


  3. April (@100LBC) May 26, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    Thanks for the tips. I always get “writers block” when I can’t see somewhere down the line. I have a story in my head and I know what the arc will be, not how to get there. So, then I kinda shut down. I need to just put some time into it. I can’t wait to see some more of your writing! Thanks for sharing with Countdown in Style!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 27, 2014 at 10:41 am #

      Hi April! Getting started is the hard part, but once you begin putting the words down on paper (or keyboard) the story will start to unfold and the words will come to you. So start writing! Ha,ha! Happy writing my friend! 😀


  4. Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin May 27, 2014 at 4:15 am #

    Interesting post Vashti


  5. L May 28, 2014 at 12:33 am #

    Was nice reading your answers, such a great post. Thanks for linking up with us at the countdown in style x


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 30, 2014 at 10:26 am #

      Hello! Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It’s always a pleasure to link up with you guys! 🙂


  6. Brittnei Washington May 29, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    I loved reading about your writing process! Too funny that you sometimes rush off to write down ideas. 🙂 I haven’t heard of all the authors that you have mentioned but one of them I have seen around and her book sounds like a very interesting one. Thanks so much for joining us at Countdown in Style!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega May 30, 2014 at 10:24 am #

      Hi Brittnei! Thank you very much. Yeah, my friends and family are used to it already. Ha,ha! Google the authors I’m sure you’ll love more than one of them. They’re awesome. 😉


  7. Vashti Quiroz-Vega June 11, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    Hi Minal! Thank you for including me! 😀



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