I want to thank Greta Burroughs for inviting me to join the My Writing Process Blog Tour. Greta is the author of the Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat children’s series, the Wee People MG/YA fantasy series, and a nonfiction book about her experiences with ITP entitled “Heartaches and Miracles.” You can find out more about Greta and her work at http://booksbygretaburroughs.weebly.com
My Writing Process
1. What am I working on?
I’m currently working on three new novels in the genre of historical fiction. One is ‘The Winds of Kunlun Shan,’ the third and last book in the ‘Riders of the Wind’ series. Another is ‘Blackbirds’ the story of operations Sonny and Ball and the pilots who flew these missions during WWII, and the third is ‘Warlock, a Bomber’s story’ which follows a B25 Mitchell bomber and her crew through the Pacific Theatre in WWII. I also have in the works a short book of poetry titled ‘Blossoms in the Snow.’ No release dates yet but ‘Kunlun Shan’ is nearly complete and should be out sometime in 2014.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
A lot of my writing is based on personal experience or the experience of people who have lived through the historical times I write about. As an example, ‘Riders of the Wind’ is based on the history of the air mail and the infant airlines in the 1920s and 30s and the lives of my uncle and aunt who actually lived in those times. I try to use real characters whenever possible and weave historical people in with the story. Whenever possible I try to personally fly, or at least, fly in the aircraft depicted in the books and visit the sites written about.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I have been involved in aviation for over 50 years as a flight instructor, airline pilot and FAA Pilot Examiner, so writing about airplanes and the people who fly them comes naturally to me. My high school English teacher once told me “Write about what you know.” I might add, “Write about what you love.”
4. How does my writing process work?
Not too well at the moment. I am writing about a desert chase scene in ‘Kunlun Shan’ and I seem to have lost focus, Actually, I think I need to do more research and get back in the habit of writing. Recently, I seem to have fallen down the black hole of Facebook and need to climb out and spend more time on my books and short stories.
Who’s up next?
These two amazing writers are joining us on April 14
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author living in Lexington, Kentucky. I have always had a penchant for things a little outside the norm. I saw my first “ghost” when I was five years old, and I’ve spent a lifetime trying to understand that vision. Was it real? And if it was, why? I became a paranormal investigator and love old houses that go bump in the night. I can often be found in old cemeteries just hanging out. I’ve studied metaphysics, including the areas of touch healing, dream analysis, meditation and hypnosis. The power of the mind has always fascinated me. When reading I love books that allow me to travel around the world without ever leaving home. As an author my greatest desire is to create characters that readers can love and hate, laugh and cry with, and stories that allow the reader to spend a few hours in sheer entertainment. The Jacody Ives series was my first attempt to combine my love of true mystery and the paranormal. The Catherine Mans series continues and expands that combination, delving into the darker side of the power of the mind.
Mary Ingmire has been an avid reader ever since she was a kid growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina. In junior high school she took a creative writing class and was hooked. However, life intervened and it wasn’t until a few years ago that she started writing fiction seriously. She reads mysteries and writes in that genre. Now she’s paying professional dues by collecting rejections for her short stories. Two NaNoWriMo novels are on the closet shelf and a current novel is taking shape. After being corporate gypsies, Mary and her husband retired to the Nashville, Tennessee area with their three cats and dog. You can find out more about Mary at www.maryingmire.com