When I asked Guilie Castillo Oriard and Susan Tepper to participate in this writing process interview, Susan stated that she unfortunately doesn’t have much of a chance to maintain a blogging space these days… But why should that stop us?!

So, in a first for scribblingsimmons we have a guest blog!

But enough dilly-dallying! I shall now hand you over to Susan!

THE QUESTIONS:

What am I working on?
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Why do I write what I do?
How does my writing process work?

THE ANSWERS:

There is nothing I enjoy more than actual writing. Second in line is discussing writing and the writing life. I’ve been doing it for 20 years, both fiction and poetry pretty much simultaneously.

Right now I’m working on several new projects. One is a large project, it’s a three act play that I’ve written with a partner. A zany comedy and we have had a blast writing it. I’m also working on a poetry collection of linked poems revolving around a small room. I also have several novels written that haven’t been published yet, and one in particular (a road novel) that is dark and funny, that I hope to place this year or next.

Susan Tepper - The Merrill Diaries

Susan Tepper’s “The Merrill Diaries”, published by Pure Slush, July 2013

How does my writing process work is a good question. Because I don’t have a process. I’m a sporadic person who goes by whim and whimsy in all matters of life. If I get an idea, and it won’t let go, I sit down and turn it into a story or poem. I have a nifty new space all done up pretty and cosy for writing, but I still can write anywhere and I do. All last year I wrote ‘on the road’ in cafes, trains, planes, hallways, hospital rooms: wherever life led me. It was pretty exciting working this way, I made believe I was a journalist imbedded with the troops. It makes life more interesting to have an imaginative life (provided you know it is all imagination)! When I interviewed the poet Dennis Mahagin regarding his book Grand Mal, I was sitting in a hallway next to a large trash barrel of raw garbage. I mentioned this to Dennis and he wrote back: Susan you’re tough. I liked hearing that. You need to be tough in this business, you need a hide made out of steel.

Thanks for reading about my writing process.

For next week, I’d like to nominate the uber-talented writers Gay Degani, Gloria Mindock, and Bonnie ZoBell.

Susan Tepper is the author of four published books of fiction and a chapbook of poetry. Her recent title “The Merrill Diaries” (Pure Slush Books, 2013) is a Novel in Stories. Tepper is a staff editor at Flash Fiction Chronicles where she conducts the author/book interviews UNCOV/rd. Her new column “Let’s Talk” appears at Black Heart Magazine. Additionally, her reading series FIZZ has been running sporadically at KGB Bar, NYC, these 6 or 7 years. http://www.susantepper.com/

I also tagged Guilie Castillo Oriard to take part in this writing process interview! Take a peek at her answers here: http://guilie-castillo-oriard.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/mywritingprocess-youve-been-tagged.html

If you enjoyed this and want to jump on to the #MyWritingProcess tag, please! Yes! Do so! Next Monday (or whichever Monday works for you), answer these four questions on your blog and tag another one, two or three writers to post their answers the following Monday. Why not leave a comment below letting me know when and where your post will be up so I can visit and tweet and Facebook and G+ and, you know, share it everywhere! Us writers must stick together 😉

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