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Thursday, August 3, 2017

How I Write - Guest Post by Kelly Moore

How I Write
Guest post by Kelly Moore

Hello. My name is Kelly Moore and I’m a romance suspense author. I’ve been a familiar face in this fabulous group several times. Anniek has asked me to write an article on How I Write. I had to laugh and tell her it would be a short article because I’m such a pantser. Meaning, I write by the seat of my pants.

I’ve never really had a detailed process. I come up with an idea or plot, and then I sit down at my computer and let the story unfold, bringing characters to life. I did attempt plotting and planning one time. I thought I’d try it because that seemed to be the norm and I must be doing something wrong. I sat down and wrote a very detailed plan. I plotted and drew out my characters. I even did an outline, which I had not done since college. That has been a very very very long time ago. Anyway, I started out okay, but by the time I was finished with my book, I realized I forgot to go back to my outline. When I did look it over, it didn’t resemble my book at all. Good thing, because what I ended up with was, one of my best books, Pieces of Gray. I wrote it from the heart not a planned out map.

So, I told Anniek, a more interesting story would be how I co-wrote a book with another author. Taking Down Brooklyn, releases August 15th, 2017, right around the corner. K.B. Andrews and I met online not too terribly long ago. We have never met in person. We write in the same romance genre. Hers is a little more romance, mine a little more suspense. We’ve become such good friends, talking almost daily via messenger. We spoke several times about writing a book together, but we were both busy with our own books.

One day, KB sent me a prologue and a chapter, asking me what I thought, and would I have any interest in writing it with her? I read it, and I loved it. So, I sat down and wrote a chapter and sent it back to her. I had no idea if she would like it or not. We had no plot and no plan. Within a few hours, in my mailbox was the next chapter she had written.

This is how we wrote the entire book. I couldn’t wait to get her chapters in the mail. I quickly became addicted to the story. It pushed me to be a better writer and to be more creative. We played off each other’s chapters with no idea of what the other would write next. The end result is a phenomenal story.

What surprised me the most, is that it didn’t come out choppy, with different tones throughout the book. It appears to be one author. Even people who have read all our books could not tell who wrote what chapter. The funniest part for me was trying to get out of a hole KB left me in. But don’t worry, turnabout was fair play. I left her in some pretty tough predicaments too.

Taking Down Brooklyn is what you get when you combine two pantsers together that have never met. I believe this book could be a block buster movie! Who knows, maybe I will have the privilege of meeting K.B. Andrews on the red carpet one day!

Thank you, Anniek and Suze, for letting me share my writing style with you.

About Kelly Moore

Hi my name is Kelly Moore and I am Southern girl raised in Florida. I am a registered nurse actually an ICU traveling nurse, wife, mother of two children and I have three grandchildren. I have always been an avid reader and kept journals. Until Broken Pieces, I never had the courage to attempt an erotic romance book and submit it for publishing. I tend to embrace the brokenness in all of us. It makes us who we are. I love to see people come out strong and win against past pains.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing the story…….
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  1. Enjoyed reading about you & KB's collaboration. Hope you get to meet in person one day.

  2. So cool to learn your process!


  3. It's like a game of Authors with... authors.

  4. I think that if I wrote a book I would do it the way you do. I can never plan things out cause they work better if I just do them.

  5. Wow! That's such an amazing collaboration and, as today's the 15th August, may I wish you both the best of luck with Taking Down Brooklyn!

  6. Woooow this was so freeing to read!!! I had never heard of the term "pantser" and didn't realise that many authors start a book without a detailed plot/outline. I have literally felt bad most of my life because I really dislike trying to come up with plots beforehand. Now I feel that I actually am not doing it "wrong," haha! It makes me think my dream of being an author is closer than before... :D Thanks!! xx

  7. How fantastic. I actually never read a book writing my 2 authors as I always apprehend I will see the difference between each other and won't enjoy. But after reading this post I will give it a go. Thanks for sharing.