May 12

The Writer Blog Hop

The Writer Blog Hop is a tag for writers who blog. A writer came up with the four questions below and answered them on his/her blog, then tagged three blogger friends to answer the same questions on their blogs and so on. The writer who tagged me is the talented Heather Jackson. She writes for a cute and wacky horror-comedy TV cartoon called CAMP LAKEBOTTOM. You can check her out at:

Thanks for the tag, Heather! Okay, here goes:

1) What am I working on/writing?

I’m returning to the Isle of Man for the IOMTT Races in a few weeks to work on the sequel to my YA debut novel, TT: FULL THROTTLE. The spin-off, THUNDER ROAD, features Dean Conners, one of the characters in the previous book.

2) How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre? 

I enjoy writing stories where the hero must overcome an internal conflict, rather than an external (evil) protagonist. A lot of YA and sports stories are usually hero vs. villain (or Team A vs. Team B). When I think back to high school, I recall that it was mostly overcoming internal obstacles such as asking a cute boy to dance, or auditioning for the school play, rather than battling some sort of one-eyebrow evil antagonist bent on world destruction. It’s not to say I won’t ever write a more traditional good vs. evil tale in the future though.

3) Why do I write what I do?

Growing up I wasn’t a good student or an avid reader in fact a learning disability lead me to become a reluctant reader. It wasn’t until I read S.E. Hinton’s THE OUTSIDERS did I experience a life changing epiphany. Here was a teen (S.E. Hinton was 16 at the time when she wrote it) who told a story that I devoured in a day (a serious feat for a reluctant reader). Deep down I had secretly wanted to be a writer, but my grades were poor and I thought that if I had low grades how could I even entertain the thought of becoming a writer? But I knew I wasn’t dumb and that I too had the ability to dream big, like Hinton. I now write about misunderstood characters because I know what it’s like to be misunderstood. I write about characters who sometimes get in their own way because I had let my limitations prevent me from becoming who I wanted to be. I write about characters who battle inner demons because I’ve been there.

4) How does my writing process work?

If I were summarize my writing process in four steps it’d be this:

  1. Noodle around the idea in my head until the story is 90% formed.
  2. Jot everything down on 4×5 cards and post them on a wall, create scenes and if necessary add more cards, or change them around until I have the story fully developed.
  3. Write a first draft (aka a dawg’s breakfast) quickly which could be anywhere from 3-10 days.
  4. Take the rest of the year to rewrite/edit, edit, edit/polish.

Now it’s my turn to tag three writers who will answer these questions next Monday. They include: Claire Humphrey, Stephen Geigen-Miller and Charlene Challenger.

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CLAIRE HUMPHREY’S short fiction regularly appears in magazines and anthologies, most recently including Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex, Interzone, PodCastle, and Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. She is also the reviews editor at Ideomancer.

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STEPHEN GEIGEN-MILLER is a writer of fiction, comics and free-associative paragraphs that seemed to make some sort of sense at the time. He is best-known as the co-creator of the comic book series Xeno’s Arrow (with Greg Beettam) and the webcomic Cold Iron Badge (with Patrick Heinicke). Stephen lives in Toronto with his partner and their two children.


Charlene Challenger

CHARLENE CHALLENGER is a writer and graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. Her first novel, the young adult fantasy THE VOICES IN BETWEEN, is published by Tightrope Books. Her work is also featured in Stone Skin Press’s A 21st Century Bestiary and Exile Editions’ Start a Revolution: QUILTBAG Fiction Vying for Change. She is currently working on the sequel to Voices. She lives in Toronto.

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