My Writing Process Blog Hop

Hello all! Alyssa Cole invited me to participate in this blog hop about my writing process. Her latest release is Eagle’s Heart, a multicultural romantic suspense novel.


Salomeh Jones is a Brooklyn high school teacher whose attempt to aid an abused student ruins her career and puts her life in jeopardy. Julian Tamali is a special agent hot on the trail of the Albanian mafia boss responsible for a slew of crimes, including the death of Julian’s family. When Julian finds a connection between the mafia boss and the disgraced school teacher, he sets into motion a series of events that will change their lives forever.

A night of pleasure throws them into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the man who has kidnapped Salomeh’s student and is possibly providing weapons to terrorists. Caught in a web of passion, danger, and betrayal, Julian and Salomeh must stop the mafia boss or forfeit their chance at redemption–and their lives.

Here are my answers to the blog hop questions:

1) What am I working on?

I just finished a first draft of WILD (Jan 2015) and I’m about to dive into RIDING DIRTY, an erotic suspense novel featuring a motorcycle club hero.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

This question is hard to answer because experienced romance readers know how varied the genre is. I think every author has been crestfallen to discover that someone else is writing (or has already written) a very similar book. Owen, the hero of BADLANDS, is an ex-member of a white supremacist prison gang. This is unusual, but it’s been done before. AFTERSHOCK is a “disaster romance,” centered around a major earthquake, so that’s not your typical romantic suspense. My settings, diverse characters, and fallible heroes are unusual.

3) Why do I write what I do?

So many reasons! I love high stakes, tension, danger, suspense. That “edge-of-your-seat” feeling is what I go for. Eliciting a strong emotional response is incredibly rewarding for me. My top priority is to entertain, but I don’t shy away from making readers uncomfortable or tackling controversial topics. I’m kind of a vagina crusader also. I try to write sex-positive, female-friendly stories. Yay vaginas!

4) How does your writing process work?

I’m an early riser and I write pretty much every day. I research for a few weeks by reading nonfiction and watching documentaries. I outline before I start, plot incessantly all the way through, and write a fairly clean first draft. I prefer to edit as I go and hope for light revisions. I’m not super-fast, but I try to be steady and productive.

So there it is, my writing process. Feel free to ask questions in the comments!

I asked Carolyn Crane to participate in the blog hop next week. Her latest romantic suspense novel, Off the Edge, has been nominated for a RITA award!! I love her writing and I’m SO exited for her.


For deadly secret agent Peter Macmillan, language is a weapon—one he uses to hunt criminals, destroy plots, and charm enemies. Seducing information out of a beautiful singer in a Bangkok hotel should be easy…except this particular singer has the power to destroy his cool façade, and with it, his last defense against a dark past.

He tricked her. He helped himself to her body and her secrets. He has enemies everywhere. Laney Lancaster should hate Peter, but when she discovers him shirtless, sweaty, and chained up in the hotel’s dungeon, all she can think about is freeing him. Because she knows what it’s like to be trapped and alone. And she could use a dangerous friend.

They might be wrong for each other, but the instant they join forces, Laney and Peter are plunged into an odyssey of hot sex and dark danger. To survive, they must trust each other with their lives—and their hearts.

Happy reading and/or writing!



My Writing Process Blog Hop — 5 Comments

  1. This is so interesting, Jill – one of the things I love about your work, besides the suspense and the compelling heroes and really cool heroines, is the high level of realism you achieve. And look at you all that research. No wonder!

  2. Hi Carolyn! Thanks! I love to geek out on research. I’ve heard great things about the language in Off the Edge, so you must do the same. 😉

  3. VAGINA!!!!!

    Jill this blog post made me love you that much more! Your research is what makes you such an awesome writer. And I made note of these books, will be checking them out!

  4. Its been a while, but I like to check your blog as often as possible so I am in the know!! Sometimes I don’t comment cause I like being the creeper who just looks but doesnt say anything lol… wait isn’t that like a voyeur?!?