Welcome to my Writer’s Process Blog Tour. I was invited to participate in the huge tour by the wonderful Cathy Armato. You can read her post here. She is the voice of Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them pet blog. Cathy is a champion of dog rescues and has volunteered at her local shelter for the past five years. She and her husband left their jobs as corporate employees and now travel between Arizona and New York as business consultants. They have two great dogs, Isis the Siberian Husky that she has trained as a service dog and Phoebe, a cutie that she adopted from one of the rescues where she volunteers. She is currently working on a series about the volunteer work that she does with Isis and a fun series on 100 places to see with your dog! If you aren’t currently following her blog, you are really missing out on some awesome posts.
The requirements of the Writer’s Process Blog Tour are that I answer three questions and recommend three other writers to participate. I’ll begin by answering the questions.
1. What am I working on?
I publish a new blog post every day of the week. I try to write them all over the weekend and
give myself the weekdays to work on my third book in The
Returns series. Of course, this doesn’t
always work out as planned and I find myself falling behind on my book. Time management is my major demon, but I am
working hard to exorcise it from my life.
|To read an exert of The Returns,|
click on the books in my sidebar.
2. Why do I write what I do?
This is an easy question for me. I write Barking from the Bayou because I love dogs. My blog gives me a venue to introduce great new products to my audience, provide helpful tips, help bring awareness to shelter pets, and I hope, make my readers smile or laugh. It is also a wonderful way to practice the art of writing. I write my book series for a different reason. I love to weave funny adventures that take the reader out of the ordinary everyday life and make them feel good. My books are based loosely on the dogs and cats that I have loved throughout my life. They are not about my pets; I just use them as a blueprint for my characters. The stories are about humans that died before their time. They are returned to earth to fulfill their destiny in the bodies of dogs or cats. They solve crimes, eat a lot of junk food, laugh, and discover that true friendship is one of the most important gifts in life. The stories are set in New Orleans and I try to capture the essence of Louisiana’s most famous city. The truth is that I write both my blog and my book because it is my true passion. I just waited until my children were grown and my husband encouraged me to quit my full time job at a local high school library to pursue it.
3. How does my writing process work?
The process for my blog depends on my topic. I do research on the subject
that I will be featuring whether it is a
product review or tips for pet parents.
Bentley, my Basset Hound, and Pierre, our “granddog” West Highland
Terrier voice most of my reviews. These
are the easiest posts for me, because they speak in my books so I am used to
them “talking.” When I am writing my
books, I use a completely different part of my mind. It can best be explained as going to “my special place” where the story
unfolds. The characters just
tell me the story and my fingers do the typing.
It isn't unusual for me to write a number of pages, only to have to go
back to read them to see what actually happened. I know that sounds weird, but as I said, it’s
a different part of my mind. It’s a very
fantastic place to zone out and visit.
|"Mom, there is nothing weird about me talking to you!"|
That is it, my writing process. I hope that you enjoyed it. Now, I get to introduce you to three fabulous friends that are joining me on the Writers Blog Tour.
My first invitee is Leiah Cooper. She writes the blog “So I Read This Book
Today.” I met her after she featured a review of The
Returns on her blog. We became fast
friends and she is now my editor. Living
in one of the most beautiful places in America; Golden, Colorado, she enjoys
quilting and spending time with her houseful of pets. Both of us are night owls and it’s not
unusual for us to have a conversation in the middle of the night. Leiah is one of the smartest women that I
know and has lived a very adventurous life.
She is an avid reader and isn’t afraid to speak her mind on books or
anything else. I’m proud to have such an
inspiring friend that has survived breast cancer and other things that would
defeat many people.
|Meet my friend & editor, Leiah Cooper.|
My second friend is Emma and her mom from My GBGV Life. Emma is the
voice of her own
blog and is absolutely adorable. *She is Bentley’s cyber sweetie and he can’t
wait to meet her in the fur next year. Emma
not only writes one of my favorite blogs, but she is a published author. Her book, Tales of a French Scent Hound is
available on Amazon. What is a GBGV dog,
you ask? It stands for Grand
Basset Griffon Vendeén, which is a mouthful, so she prefers GBGV. Emma is also a model and her sweet face is
featured on some pet products at Target among other things. I was thrilled to meet Emma, her sister Bailie,
and their mom Joy at this year’s BlogPaws conference.
|Don't they make a cute couple?|
Last but certainly not least is Sugar the Golden Retriever. Golden Retrievers hold a special
place in my heart since I shared life
with our wonderful Tucker for 12 years.
Sugar is the embodiment of the perfect Golden. She is a happy, smart, and friendly dog that
writes a fun blog including some of the most amazing dog recipes I’ve ever
read. We also met Sugar along with her
mom and dad at BlogPaws 2014. I was
thrilled to find them just as sweet and down-to-earth as they appear in their
blog. Sugar also has a fun-filled
children’s book titled, Sugar’s Furry Friend.
You can read my review here. Sugar’s
mom Rosalyn is a great friend and has been exceptionally helpful to me as I get
the hang of the blogging world.
|Flat Bentley brought Sugar some Mardi Gras beads at BlogPaws|
These terrific bloggers will have their Writer’s Process Blog Tour entry in the next couple of weeks. Of course, there’s not need to wait to follow them. You can become fans today! All three will provide you with fascinating information and fun. Thank you for joining me on this exciting Writers’ Process Blog Tour.
Don’t want to miss being a part of the Pet Parade this week. I co-host with my friends Rascal and Rocco, Basil the Bionic Cat,Jan’s Funny Farm, and Love is being owned by aHusky. We don’t have any rules, just fun!