The Writing Process Blog Hop


My writing process

Who, What, How & Why we do what writers do…?

Thanks for including me in The Writing Process Blog, Elizabeth Gibson! I met Elizabeth in a writing class in 2012 that changed our writing on a profound level. We’ve kept in touch online, so I found myself thrilled when she asked me to follow her post from Monday, January 20, 2014.

What I’m working on? 


How to summarize?


I’m waiting on First Round Edits for my fantasy romance novel follow-up to my Lunchbox Romance, a short story Dragonstone with Boroughs Publishing Group.


I’ve sketched out my Kingdom of Chalvaren romance series – think Tolkeinesque characters with spicy romantic twists.


To distract myself while waiting on edits, I’ve hit the 45K word mark on a time travel romance with a historical twist set in my hometown of Savannah, Georgia – yes, there are pirates involved. I have one other story set in Savannah – Three Wishes – yes, there’s a leprechaun involved.


I completed a two week book tour of my romantic suspense novels – The Wishes Chronicles – and while book tours challenge writers on the marketing level the stories received amazing reviews. I’m glad people are liking the books.



How my work differs from others of its genre? 


I like to read and write cross-genre stories ~ 55% romance/45% suspense, and I’ve branched out into the paranormal genre with my fantasy romances. I like a mixture of action and romance tempered by antagonists with agendas.


Why do I write what I write?


I’m drawn to stories with pulse-pounding events, yet most thrillers don’t satisfy my yearning for spicy romance. I write the stories I want to read. I love my happily ever afters, but I need to see my heroes and heroines earn the right to celebrate them.


How does my writing process work? 


I generally start with a problem that hits me with a visceral sensation. Then, I ask the Universe for a character who might solve said problem. I interview them, and together we work out a story to showcase their mission.


I used to simply free-write as a pantser, but I’ve learned the value of using a scenelist – a living document I use as a guide. If I outline a story too much my characters revolt and won’t talk to me. Like Jimmy Buffet sings in Savannah Fare You Well, “It’s such a fragile magic. A puff of wind can break the spell.”


With my scenelist we all agree on the story agenda, avoid rabbitholes, and work together to solve said problem. What’s remarkable about my process is I get to honor my Inner-Pantser within the scenes themselves. My characters take the story places I’d never have been able to plan out without their help.

Wishing everyone a wonderful 2014!



E. W. Gibson studied at École Parsons á Paris and received a BFA in Painting. In essence her art training took place in the museums across Europe and the UK during the ten years she spent traveling with her husband. Ahhh, Paris, she sighs in her sleep.

For her, painting and writing reside beyond the right or left-brain. Like more south, where the heart and dreams blossom. Of course, she admits to being a little way out there. So, it makes sense her stories are about off-the wall characters on a quest of the heart not unlike the Richard Bach quote, “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” 

She must be doing something right because she was a finalist in the 2013 Golden Rose and the 2013 Golden Palm.

E. W. lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her adoring husband, three dogs, and neurotic cat. 


And next week the same questions will be answered by:



Beverly Ovalle lives in Wisconsin with her husband Edmond of 23 years and two Chinese Water Dragons. Having her own Dragons is expected as she is dragon crazy and anyone that walks in her house can tell. Her son Nicholas visits when he is on leave from the Marines.  Her daughter Susannah visits to grocery shop in the pantry and to see what might be cooking for dinner.


Beverly has traveled around the world thanks to five years in the US Navy and has worked for the government in one capacity or another for the past 30 years. Beverly and her brothers have travelled most of the continental United States as children due to the station wagon from Hell.  Still active with veterans, she is adjutant for her local AMVETS.


Beverly has been reading romances since her Aunt introduced her to the gothic romance in the fourth grade and is still reading every chance she gets.

Dragon's Mate
Dragon’s Mate
Lighting Strike
Lighting Strike

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Charles Millhouse is an independent author and has published eight books in the science fiction/fantasy genre. He best describes his style of writing as Retrofiction: The use of golden age storytelling set in futuristic or period settings, dealing with character(s) or situations in unbelievable circumstances.

His eighth book, The 4th in the Talon’s Epic Series – “The Long Twilight” was published in September 2013.

Charles lives in Southeastern Ohio with his wife and two sons.

Talon's Epic
Talon’s Epic
The Long Twilight
The Long Twilight

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Ed Hoorneart is not only a romance writer, he’s also a certifiable Harlequin Hero, having inspired multi-published author Vicki Lewis Thompson to write “Mr. Valentine”, which was dedicated to him. These days he writes mostly science fiction—either sf romances, or sf with strong elements of romance. He lives in Tucson, Arizona with his high school sweetheart, whom he married a week after graduation. His four children have all fluttered out of the nest, leaving behind a cat which, unlike some famous author’s cats, is of absolutely no help in writing.

The Trials of Tompa Lee
The Trials of Tompa Lee

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Published by Paula Millhouse

Author Paula Millhouse Where Fantasy, Romance, and Suspense collide.

8 thoughts on “The Writing Process Blog Hop

    1. Hi Samantha,
      Great question. I’m looking forward to the edits. That’s when the magic of writing really comes to life for me.
      When I get essential feedback from those I trust I’m transported into a place where I can elevate my characters to the lofty designs they deserve.
      Writing is Re-Writing. Since our class together with Lynn Johnston I’ve come to crave edits as the best part of storytelling.


  1. Paula,
    As always, you are amazing. I think b/c your stories cross genres makes them so exciting to read. Your Jimmy Buffett quote says it all. Love the post and learning more about you. 🙂


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