Kelly Haworth

Author of Queer Speculative Romance

Writing Process


1. What am I working on?

I’m a quarter of the way through the space-rock-opera Absynth, which follows lead singer Sammy while she struggles with pressures of their galactic tour, a possible eating disorder, and the unrequited attraction of a 6 foot tall alien lizard.

But I’m more excited about my new idea, which is an urban fantasy m/m romance between a fire mage and a healer.  Things are sure to heat up with that one.  Get it? Heat up? Fire mage?  *crickets*  Anyway, it is still in the planning stages.  I hope to get it rolling in the next few weeks.

Besides those, I’m working on a few short stories, all sci fi.  Because face it, contemporary is boring. 🙂


2. How does my work differ from others in the genre?

In all the sci fi I have ever heard of or read, I can’t recall a single one following a rock band.  So I’m fairly certain that is its main difference and selling point.  What I’m not sure of is if anyone is interested in reading about that!  I’m hopeful though that people will be intrigued by this different topic.

For my urban fantasy, I have to admit I haven’t read enough in the genre to know exactly how it’s different.  How much urban fantasy m/m romance is out there?   But what I do think I have going for me is that the healer has a thing for fire, and he’ll be teaching our BDSM-naive fire mage a little bit about pleasure and pain.  Apparently, a sub teaching a dom is a rare commodity in the erotica field.  So I look forward to that.


3.Why do I write what I do?

I write to explore different mental states.  Why does someone choose to commit suicide? To kill? to take advantage of someone?  How does someone become depressed?  Bulimic?  Schizophrenic?  And then what happens?  What does body dysmorphia look like in different people?  How does a mother handle losing her child?  I’ll admit, I’m a bit macabre.  But I think it’s important for all people to understand these things, so we can gain empathy for those that happen to be in these types of situations.  We may not look equal, or feel equal, but there is a common human experience that everyone shares in being alive.  I explore how living can look different to different people.


4. How does my writing process work?

When I was young, it was HEY I WANT TO WRITE ABOUT THIS!  And so I did.  Nowadays, things are a bit more calculated.  I choose a concept and a mental state, and build a story around them.  For Absynth, it was literally “how can I move a somewhat normal practice into a fantastic setting?” coupled with “Will the stresses of leading a band bring a fragile mind into complete mental fugue?” For Y Negative, it was a lot more complex, and the ideas and the concepts kept building the more I planned and wrote.

After I have my concept and a general outline of my story, I usually start pantsing.  I don’t like to plan in too much detail, or the fun of it is lost.  I am the story’s first reader, feeling the same mystery and thrill of not knowing what will be on the next page as the reader hopefully should.  Yes, I know vague details of where I’m going, but it’s like a road map – the resolution is so much lower than real life, and the details of the journey are ultimately what make the journey amazing.


5. Tag you’re it!

I stumbled upon this writing process “blogtour” on twitter, and was not tagged but just thought it would be fun.  Thus, if you think it would be fun to do this yourself, then tag! Your turn.

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