My Writing Journey { A Blog Tour}

Writing fiction has introduced me to so many amazing and talented scribes.  These word weavers have become my critics, my cheering section and most importantly, my friends.

So when my dear friend  Rox of Unintentionally Brilliant asked, “want to join a blog tour about your WIP?” I said yes!, because it’s an honor for someone with her kind of talent to think of me as ‘writer“.

If you don’t read Rox’s own WIP, about Akira I invite you to go and get lost in the beautiful love story she’s weaving.


1) What am I working on?

I am have two stories I am constantly revising and urging toward a conclusion (and maybe even a publication if the stars align) but the one that is keeping me occupied right now is the revision of The Love Story of Kimmy & David. It was written in its entirety as answers to prompts from THE RED DRESS CLUB  (Write on Edge) but now I’m revisiting the story, editing and adding to it to fill in the holes I left the first time around. A small confession? I really love this story and the characters in it, so the idea of sprucing them up and readying them for the outside world isn’t scary lately, it’s more anticipation and hope that when someone holds my book they come to love all these imaginary people too.

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

I don’t believe it does. As a romance writer I take situations, conversations and relationships from my own life (past and present) and make them part of the story. Love is a universal theme and one of my favorite subjects. I consider myself a hopeless (and hopeful) romantic and so I try to infuse each of my stories with an affair that will defy all odds, a love that can conquer. I do like to inject humor like Marian Keyes and to add rich descriptions like Pat Conroy or Anne Rivers Siddons, but I don’t don’t think that Kimmy & David are much different from any another chik-lit romance. However, it also doesn’t mean their story isn’t special and worthy of a read.

I do use various locales in their story and Positano, Italy  almost becomes another character which was fun not only to research but also to write.

3) Why do I write what I do?

Because I believe in happy endings.

There is some sadness in this story, some loss and the three way love triangles I really enjoy writing. Love is a choice, always, and sometimes that choice is not an easy one. Sometimes there is simply not just one person in the world you are meant to be with. Finding your way to your person or people is a crazy journey and I love writing that map for my characters.

4) How does your writing process work?


I ruminate. A lot. I think about names, situations and circumstances and I can tend to write and rewrite something a lot more than I should.

But normally, I can be found jotting things down on the car ride into work, long hand, into a notebook or on scraps of paper. I will leave my desk at work to clear my head or go to the ladies room and write a whole scene in my head , of course then I need to come back to my office, hope  I don’t get distracted and get it all typed out before my job calls me away from my imagery friends.

I long for the ability to just write like it’s overflowing ( my NaNo piece was like that, those 60,000+ words seemed to just appear and I wish  for that kind of free flow with my words again).

But for now it’s simply when I can in the middle of my have to’s (work, parenting, family).

When I’m in a zone with writing, I write and revise as I go and then I will let something sit for about an hour before I hit publish, changing words or sentences ( I love the challenge of only 33 words, 100 words or a specific prompt) until it “fits.”

Just as a side note, tomorrow night I begin a 6 week course on “How to Write Your First Novel” at a local college. I’m hoping to hone my process and bring Kimmy & David to a paperback near you. (Wish me luck?)


Now I’d like to introduce you to the three amazing writers (and dear friends of mine) who will be sharing their process with you next Monday:

“Stephanie Ayers is an imaginative mother of four scoundrels, wife of one incredible husband, a willing medium for the voices in her head, and a newly published author living her dream in worlds far, far away.”

Ivy of Mommy Dourest,  a married mom of two with perfectionist tendencies that caused me to obsess over writing this one sentence bio.


Carrie of The Muse Unleashed is a full time working mom of two. When she isn’t wrangling kids into cars for Brownies or agonizing over never ending renovations she is crafting her current Young Adult novel about a clueless love sick teenager and a snarky magical mirror…one scene at a time.

(Carrie is also my writing partner for another serial called “The Path You Choose”)

and if you’d like to tell us about your own writing process jump jump in and link back to one of us, we’d love to see what you’re imagination is up to!

Thanks so much for asking me to join Rox! <3


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About Kir

Kirsten is a wife after years of dating, a mom after years of infertility & a lover of shoes, words, NYC and TV dramas. A storyteller and daydreamer at heart, this is the place where her stories come to be told. Thanks for visiting.


  1. I’ve always adored the Kimmy story. I’m glad you are focusing on it and plan to take it to the publishers. Her story deserves to be told! Thank you for honoring me in asking me to do this blog hop with you!
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  2. I’m so glad you decided to join the writing process blog tour! Thank you for your kind words about me and my Akira story. I’m so glad for all the attention she’s received. Now to finish!

    I enjoy the bits & pieces of the Kimmy story, and I can’t wait to see it put together in its entirety. Enjoy the class! It should be a lot of fun. :-)
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  3. Good luck with the course! I’m sure you will do fabulous and come out with oodles of tips and techniques
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  4. You know I cannot wait to hold your book in my hands! xo
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