Thanks for having me, Lisa!
I’m seeing a trend on blogs lately. There’s a term being thrown out lately. I fell under its name long before it had one. LOL *stands up* Hello, my name is Bug & I’m a “Panster”.
I always tease in interviews that my characters bully me and take over the story. I’ve always laughed it off, but it has been far from funny the past couple books. My last release with Musa was Amanda’s Return. It was a sequel to my thriller, Hunter’s Find. With Hunt and Mandy in New York being forced to help the mob, the last thing I expected was for them to have sex all over the city. Even though I try to keep my novels at a “sweet” rating and really wanted this one to be more serious on the thriller side, they would have nothing to do with it. There was plenty of serious business going on, but they still took time for the “important” things. 😉 A character from the first book also decided to show up. I had no idea the part she’d play and how critical she’d be to the plot; I just had to go with the flow.
I can feel a lot of writers shuddering right now. “How can you not outline?” “What about plot development??” Sorry. I tried a few times to figure out where it was going in advance, but it always took a different course. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the writers that outline and totally plot out a book before they start but I have never worked that way. Is there a right or wrong? I don’t think so. As long as it works out in the end!
You can find Hunter’s Find, Amanda’s Return, & Double Mocha, Heavy on Your Phone Number at Musa Publishing. http://musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=69
Middle Grade website: http://www.beforehappilyeverafter.com/