Monday, March 31, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour

My Writing Process Blog Tour March 31, 2014

First, I would like to thank my wonderful author friend, John R. Lindermuth, for giving me the opportunity to post about my writing journey. John is the author of several novels including seven in the Sticks Hendrick mystery series which I loved. He is a retired newspaper/editor/writer and now librarian of his county’s historical society. Check him out at:

What am I working on?

Good question! My writing life isn’t simple or straightforward. It is as colorful as my last name, Peacock. My genres vary from mysteries, non-fiction to science fiction.

Where do I begin? My cookbook, History Lover’s Cookbook, has been a top 100 paid Best Seller on Kindle most of 2013-14. It has over 150 full-color photos which are creating havoc on getting the pdf file for print to have the same quality color as the eBook. I have viewed two CreateSpace proofs which the photos came out either blackened or neon orange. Currently, I have two wonderful computer specialists not only creating my new pdf file but making me a special template for future cookbooks. Speaking of future cookbooks, I hope to have Smokin’ Good Eats and Cooking to Live available sometime this summer. Cooking to Live is about my journey to lose 100 pounds by eating healthy cooking. Smokin’ Good Eats is just that. My husband and I have three smokers and are cooking everything lip smakin’ and cracklin’.

My mystery, Fatal Catch, is in the process of becoming an audiobook. I had an offer from a fabulous narrator which fits my protagonist perfectly. We hope to sign a contract shortly. And then there is my newest venture, science fiction. I absolutely despised all things science fiction growing up. But today there are so many wonderful, new authors on the subject, I gently falling in love with this genre. My favorite book I have read so far is Mila 2.0.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

We will do the mystery genre for this question. Fatal Catch is in first person, thirteen-year-old female protagonist with a slight hint of a southern drawl set in the 1960’s. Most mysteries are written in the twenty-first century, present day.

Why do I write what I do?

For torture! With that said, we will do mystery genre, Fatal Catch, again. Fatal Catch is dear to my heart. I grew up in the 1960’s in Grand Detour, Illinois along the beautiful Rock River. My home resembled John Deere’s home so tourists were always stopping at our house. The original John Deere home is now a museum.

Summers were spent along the Rock River behind Castle Rock in Oregon, Illinois with  family member trailers and campers all lined up in a row. I didn’t know it at the time that my great grandfather, Napoleon Bonaparte Franklin owned all the land around the area. I always wondered why our family got to camp there exclusively. A relative inherited the land and sold it. It is currently, Castle Rock State Park.

Our pay for camping and fishing was to go clamming and give the clams to my mom’s cousin, Sonny. We also had to give him all the fish eggs, cavier. We ate catfish, bass, frog legs, turtle, and yes, cavier. Everyone who caught the fish had to help clean them. Grandpa’s nickname was “bone”.

All the cousins loved playing on that steep, very dangerous rock, including me, barefoot. My cousin, Rick, reminded me awhile back about something I wrote in the story similar but with a male character. I didn’t remember what happened until my cousin refreshed my memory, hence one of the subplots in the book.

I was about nine at the time and again barefoot. My cousin, Rick and I were the only ones playing at the top of Castle Rock that day. I fell off the top of that rock to the bottom. Rick climbed to the bottom to look for my body. He said I was stretched across the white sand path which was about 30 feet out from the rock.

While on the rock, I kept backing up till my heels were hanging on the edge…backside where it’s flat on top but hangs over a sheer drop to the bottom. He told me I was crazy and was going to die…I just laughed at him and dropped out of site.

Not all that is in Fatal Catch happened. No one was murdered, thank goodness! But my childhood youth inspired Fatal Catch.

How does your writing process work?

For my mysteries, I think of a place I want to have the setting and research everything about the area. Next, I decide on the gender and age of the protagonist. What their ultimate goal will be at the end of the book. Who will be their closest allies, enemies, what they have in common. I write summaries about their personalities, what they like, where they go, what clothes they will wear, whether they will have a Southern accent, Midwestern, etc. Then I figure out main plot, subplots, etc. 

I write everything in spiral notebooks in my huge recliner stuffed with pillows, blankets, and usually my best friends, Spike and Simba. To the write I have a table with drinks, remotes, phone, Kindle and more so I don’t have to get up for a bit. After I have written several pages, I go to the computer and start the typing process. I print out what I have written and then revise. I repeat this process until the mysteries or science fiction projects are completed.

Cookbooks are another issue entirely. I eat, breathe, collect and watch everything regarding to food. I conjure up recipes in my head. Next I go online to see if there is anything similar on the market. I write down the initial recipes, make a grocery list, comeback home and experiment. I always have the recipe I am going by next to me on the counter so I can make immediate changes. I have been known to make the recipes about four or five times. But that isn’t all! I have to have my photography equipment handy. Several hours of photos before I go to the computer, check for the quality. Then I print several of the over 200 photos out that I think are worthy of being in a cookbook.

I next figure out what I want to say about the recipes to make the book interesting. In History Lover’s Cookbook, it was based on nineteenth century recipes and the Civil War. It had to be historically accurate. The recipes would sometimes say, add an apron full of flour, or the size of a walnut, etc. It took many attempts to get the recipe correct. I made the recipes original but with modern cooking instructions.

Thanks for stopping by to read my Writing Process Blog Tour.     

To continue the Writing Process blog tour on Monday, April 7, 2014 go to:

Robert Walker--author of over 50 novels and short stories and currently placing 55 titles on, iTune and more. Robert currently lives in Charleston, WV and grew up in the Chicago area. His books range from suspense thrillers to historicals. Read about his upcoming writing class on Monday, April 7th blog when he walks about his writing process.

Candace C. Bowen—author of the historical romance Knight series, Jack of Hearts which is a romantic suspense novel, audiobooks and several other books. She has a new book, Voodoo Fire, which should be available in April 2014. Recently, Ms. Bowen was on Red River Radio where she was interviewed by the talented host, Dellani Oakes. She will be posting about her Writing Process, Monday, April 14th. Check out her books at:

Check out my mystery, Fatal Catch on and Barnes & Noble in Kindle, Nook and print. Leave No Trace is available at Whiskey Creek Press, Amazon and Barnes and Noble on eBook and print. History Lover’s Cookbook is available on Amazon Kindle and hopefully in print shortly. I will be on Red River Radio, May 28th, 4 p.m. Eastern and 3 p.m. Central to talk about History Lover’s Cookbook with Dellani Oakes. I am currently working on audiobooks with ACX Audio. History Lover’s Cookbook below:


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