We’re so pleased to have author RJ Jones joining us today on the tour for her new novel, Blueprint. Enjoy RJ’s guest post and then be sure to check out the Rafflecopter giveaway below.
Finding Your Writing Style
I’m a total pantser. Every time I’ve tried to plan a story, my characters have said “Nuh uh. That’s so not what happens.” God knows I’ve tried to get them to toe the line, but it never works. I sometimes compare my writing style to that a girlfriend of mine. She’s a total planner, mapping out every chapter and weirdly, she sticks to it.
I’m still a fairly new writer so I’m still finding my way. I’ve tried to work her way, thinking it’s the way to go, but the most I can do is plan a couple of chapters at a time. I’m learning that there is no right or wrong way to write. You write however you write. It may take twelve months or more to write your story or the story can come to you in an instant and you finish it in a matter of weeks.
Indigo Road took me about four months to complete the first draft. After my betas picked it to pieces, it took me about another month before I was happy enough to send it to my editor.
I also have another novel that’s not finished yet even though I started it about a year ago. Sometimes the characters refuse to talk, they zip their lips and don’t tell me what’s going to happen. This is where patience comes in (which I’m convinced I don’t have) I just need to wait them out and eventually they’ll tell me what they’re doing. Sometimes while I’m waiting for them to get their act together, others will start talking. That’s why I have so many WIP’s.
So if you’re a new writer, or you wish to start, do what feels right for you. There is no right or wrong in this journey.
Thanks for having me. 🙂
~ RJ ~
About the Book
If only building the foundation for a lasting relationship was as easy as drafting the blueprint.
Jet Black doesn’t date. Even if he wanted a man beyond sex, his ever-watchful identical twin scares potential suitors away. Jet lives with his brother, but since Gray fell in love with Kris, Jet feels like a third wheel. Despite their bond, Jet knows he needs to move out and experience life for himself, whether Gray likes it or not.
After his father dies in a boating accident, Ethan Nichols is devastated. As the last survivor of his family, he realizes the need to put down roots. He leaves Australia and returns home to San Francisco and his old architectural firm. But there’s more to building a new life than simply moving house.
Jet and Ethan’s first encounter is brash and anonymous, but when Ethan moves across the hall, their lives become irrevocably linked. Jet is quirky and fun loving, while Ethan is rock steady and dependable. There’s no denying the passionate spark between them.
But Ethan is looking for a more solid foundation than Jet is ready to offer. Until Jet learns to spread his wings and trust Ethan with his darkest secrets, building a life together will be impossible.
**This can be read as a standalone, however it is best enjoyed reading the series in order as side characters play a major role.**
About the Author
RJ started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn’t until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.
RJ’s initial thought was if she could write their scene then they’d shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of the day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work. But they didn’t shut up. They told her their entire story and she didn’t sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn’t keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by the bed.
Whilst RJ was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.
You see the problem? If RJ ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.
RJ is a wife and a mother to two boys. Even her dog is a boy.
She is surrounded by males.
RJ writes emotionally charged, character driven romances. Her guys will always get their HEA, but it will never be easy.