Today, I’m participating in the “My Writing Process” Blog Tour. It’s a sort of chain mail amongst scribes; the tour rolled out in January, and will conclude this week.

I was invited to play by Anne Lower, aka the Princess Scribe. Anne’s tour was last week; she wrote about how she goes about creating her screenplays, web series, and films. Her blog is always thoughtful as well as helpful and supportive for other writers. She is a huge inspiration for me. It was through her I learned of Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder.

The blog tour asks its participants four questions about their writing process. Here we go:

1. What are you working on? I always work on more than one thing at a time. My novel in progress is third in the Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson mystery series. I wrote a poem a day the past two months. I’m revising poems to create a book for submission. I have a play waiting in the wings for revision, as well as one going up in NYC in a couple of weeks. I am also editing/revising a short story that has been accepted for publication.

2. How does your work differ from others? In the case of my Shirley Combs series, the work differs in that it’s a modern day, female Sherlock Holmes set in Portland Oregon. Dr. Watson — Mary — is a naturopath who also works with Shirley and chronicles their more interesting cases. The first two books are available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook. I hope the third will be ready for publication by the first of 2015. My work also contains LGBTQ content and a multi-cultural sensibility. I write for the world as it should be and at the same time, I write the world as I see it now.

3. How does your writing process work? I write every day. For many years I wrote every morning before I headed off to my day job. I got up early enough to have three hours before I had to leave for work. This gave me time to write, go for a walk, and get ready for work. When I first started writing regularly I wrote late at night after working all day and rehearsing (theatre) in the evening. I was as sleep deprived as a new parent. Now I am retired and can vary my schedule as I like. But I pretty much stick to the routine of sitting down with a cup of tea first thing. Usually I check email and FaceBook before starting to write, but sometimes I get right to work. I love having the flexibility I waited all my life for. I’m focused on making my writing better, so I incorporate plenty of time to study the craft of writing as well as practicing it.

4. Why do you write what you do? Because it pleases me. I write what I want to read and trust there are readers who want to read what I write.