It’s Been a While – Catch Up and Blog Tour

I feel like I should start with an introduction, it’s been so long.

Hello, my name is Jesi Marie, I’m a writer, a cross stitcher, a learner, a sewer, a student, and other things. I originally started this blog as a place to talk about my writing, buuuut I never thought anything that came to mind to write about, anyone would be interested in (though I can think of one person who will say otherwise, but he doesn’t count, lol). A lot of things have changed in the almost year since I last posted. I’ve gotten things straightened out at school, I’ve taught myself how to cross stitch, I’ve moved in part-time with my boyfriend, I’ve lost my mother-in-law to lung cancer.

So, I plan to try and bring this blog back around, but it won’t just be about writing. I’m working on getting  new banner (I have no idea what I want it to look like though) that fits more with what I want. I’m going to write about writing, sewing, cross stitching, weight loss, and whatever else I think I can put into blog format. I spend a lot of time doing school work, and working in general, that I will post when I can. Dunno how frequently that will be.

Now, without further bother from me, my blog post:

*insert fanfare*

My dad, Gil Miller, recently had a book published. It’s called Spree and you can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble’s website. Good book, great twist at the end. You should check it out, buy it for your ereader or a hard copy. You can even contact him and buy a signed copy straight from him.

No, that’s not the reason for this post. That’s some shameless advertising for my pops.

Anyways.

He asked me to do this blog tour with him, about my writing process. I’m supposed to talk about him, give him props, link to him (<a href=”gilmiller.wordpress.com>He’s over here</a>!) then move on to some questions.

Here are those amazing questions:

What am I working on?

This is a good question. To be honest, I haven’t really written anything since The Doc Is Out, sequel to my The Doc Is In. I hit a point in that story where my main character decided she didn’t want to love the person I wanted her to and instead go for someone else, which kind of hurt my planned ending. And caused this great shut down of my brain. Like, seriously. My brain went silent. Dead silent. I’ve tried to write about this for the blog, but chickened out at the last minute. My brain has recently rebooted and is slowly working its way back to talking to me. You never realize how great it is to not be able to fall asleep because your brain won’t shut up until it’s not there.

I signed up for a creative writing class at my college, but it’s more of a glorified writer’s group for only literary because that’s what my teacher writes and as he said, he’s “more about the sentence than the story.” How he ever got published is beyond me.

I have been revisting old stories of mine in hopes that one of them will spark an idea that I don’t immediately discard as shit.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

This one is harder to answer, because right now the only answer I can say is “Because I wrote it.”

There isn’t a huge YA Crime selection that I’ve been able to find. The one’s that I would put into this category are more focused on the art of crime. Crime families stealing stuff. I suppose so far, my stories have been more about the family than the crime, while the crime is still happening.

That’s the best answer I can give for that.

Why do I write what I do?

I write what I write because it makes me happy. I like YA because it’s simple while not being simple at the same time. It’s a whole different word than the adult genre novels. There’s different rules, different things you can and cannot do. It’s a whole different feel.

And I suppose you can count in that I refuse to believe I am 25. My brain stopped believing past age 18. It keeps me feeling young.

How does my writing process work?

A bit like a crime scene. Not the after part with the police, and not like one of those preplanned murders. No, my writing process is like a murder done in the heat of the moment.

I walk in, and there’s my idea in bed with another idea. Wasn’t I good enough for that idea? Why’d they do me like this? So I get so upset that I murder the idea in cold blood, sending bits flying everywhere.

Or you could say it’s like a Frankenstein Monster deal. I start out with my main, basic idea, then as I’m working on making this idea live, I find pieces from other ideas, sometimes parts I completely make up, and sew it all together, making this beautiful, terrible masterpiece that may or may not deserve to see the light of day. But there it is, breathing so raggedly in its little lump of words it calls a body. And then I work and tweek and work and tweek some more until… *insert evil laugh and lightening effects here* IT’S ALIVE! And sometimes that’s a good things. But sometimes it tries to kill me.

I think I like that analogy better.

 

And there we go. My blog tour reply. Now, what I’m supposed to do here is have the picture and bio of three author friends and link you to their blogs where they will be answering these same four questions. But I don’t have friends with blogs, so, here’s what I’m going to do. If you want to join in on this fun and answer these questions, post a picture of you, a short bio, and a link to your blog in the comments. Just don’t forget to mention me in your blog post!

Happy writing!

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