Shirleen Davies

My Writing Process


This post is part of an author blog tour about the writing process. Thanks, Elena Dillon, for tagging me in this blog tour!

What am I working on now?

There is lots going on. Book six in the MacLarens of Fire Mountain series, Wilder than the Rest, and book three in the MacLarens of Fire Mountain contemporary series, One More Day, are in the editing process.

My new series, Redemption Mountain, is officially in progress. It takes place in the mid-1800s. The books will be historical western romances and I’m very excited to finally get these stories on paper my readers.

Another historical western romance series is planned for 2015. I am very busy!

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

Readers tell me my writing is character focused, meaning that the reader gets to know and connect with the main characters as well as sub-characters. There is a feeling of “I know them,” which is very satisfying.

Most of my writing is within a series, so a sense of connection with characters is important to drive the stories from one book to another.

Another difference is the action and adventure associated with my books. My stories are romance, yet there is much more to the stories than boy meets girl, then they fall in love. At times readers will find equal parts of romance and action in my stories. For me, this combination moves the story along more quickly than with many other romance books. I have quite a number of male readers and I believe my stories appeal to them due to the fast-paced style.

Why do I write what I do?

My major in college started out as American History. Through the years the major changed, but my love of historical America did not. My favorite period has always been 1765 through 1890, and it is within this time span that my historicals are based. Although I enjoy writing contemporary romance with hints of romantic suspense, my heart is always drawn back to historicals.

How does my writing process work?

Ideas come from everywhere—dreams, people watching, other stories. For me, they mainly just pop into my head. I jot down every story idea, not ignoring any thought as I never know when a theme will develop into a full novel.

I use spiral bound notebooks for each series and one for each story within a series. These are used to outline basic story ideas, record character names, ages, locations, and themes. At some point all this is transferred onto spreadsheets. These ‘tools’ are used as the basis for each story.

The difficult part of the process is getting the uninterrupted time to write. It’s hard to write every day. That’s my goal and some days I write 4000 – 5000 words, while others I stall at 1000. The important thing for me is to make time to write each day.

I’d love to hear your comments and questions.

Next up on the blog tour for authors: Carmen DeSousa

A romantic-suspense writer, Carmen writes novels that overflow with romance, mystery, suspense, and sometimes a hint of paranormal. And, of course—tragedy—after all, what would a great story be without a heartrending event setting the stage?

You can check out Carmen’s post on May 12 at:

9 thoughts on “My Writing Process”

  1. Great post, Shirleen! I love reading about other authors’ processes. I also love romance with that extra dose of action or mystery. A straight romance doesn’t keep me reading. I have your books and can’t wait to dig in.

    1. I agree, Edythe, about the scenery and the time period. Although people were polite, they spoke their mind without concern for being politically correct. Life was hard but less complicated. Coutesy was the norm, not the exception.

  2. I had a hard time finding the blog to comment in your rafflecopter giveaway and I’m not even sure if this is the right spot. :) I love historical locations and scenes/manner of dress/, the people and times, especially old west and medieval times. It fascinates me their constitution in living through things I would consider impossible. I like the way people communicate with each other too.

  3. Luckily, I’ve got searched on your undisclosed writing practices. I am actually not interested on plots that are comprised with romance and history. I haven’t read the author’s prologue in all honesty; I just flipped on the page where the overview is vested. But all of a sudden I basically love the fact that I unceasingly read your book “Tougher Than The Rest” from the start to finish though it encompasses historic chronicles. This page really answers my queries on why the storyline is impeccably “historically” examined.
    By the way, I am really keen on reading your 5th book “Deadlier Than The Rest.” It is brilliantly written with an intricate plot that involves love, crime, quest, mystery and history. Especially the characters that you have wrote, they definitely add zing to the story to make the plot more complicated than the rest as it was indeed full of twists and turns.

    Merly Baeza
    3400 Retreat Avenue
    Bangor, Maine

    1. Thanks Merly. I appreciate your thoughts and I’m glad you enjoyed the books. Most of them do include some elements of suspense, action, romance, and adventure as well as romance. All the best.

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