The Monday Writing Process Blog Tour

The Monday Writing Process Blog Tour connects writers and readers around the world. Writers are invited to reply to four questions about their writing process and then pass the baton to other writers.

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Answer these four 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?

About me:

In my youth, I was a Roman Catholic priest, filled with idealism and shame over the fact that my own church had such a weak record about civil rights. To live my commitment, I marched with Doctor King in Selma. It was the high point of my Christian life, but when I returned to my own parish in Cleveland, Ohio, the bishop placed me in an inner-city parish. He was responding to a group of parishioners who didn’t want a “n….loving young priest,” in their church.

Once a Priest shows this incident and my whole struggle for spirituality in a material world.

After I left the priesthood, I taught creative writing in prison and I wrote three books about prison. Now I’m trying something different – to write a romance, not in the usual sense of the word, but a love story.

Find Ed online at

FB page


Web site

Writer’s Write Daily Blog

Prison Uncensored Blog

My books: All available on Amazon:

What am I working on?

Publicity. How do I get people to know about my books? I’ve worked very hard to write books that are not preaching. They follow the writers’ dictum, “Show, don’t tell.” I don’t tell the reader that:

That convicts can accomplish things of value (Prisoners of the Williwaw)

that a prison could be about rehabilitation as much as punishment (Delaney’s Hope)

that a Mexican prison might be poorer than a Canadian one, but it’s more humane. (non-fiction, Dystopia, written by Mike Oulton, convict and Ed Griffin, teacher.

But a writer cannot succeed by working on publicity. He or she has to keep writing good books. I’m taking a break from my usual topic of prison reform and I’ve written a book of short stories(Life Takes a Turn) and I’m trying to write a romance, because love stories are so human and they reveal how people act in the key question of their lives – who will be my partner.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

A friend of mine told me to go to the library and take out a lot of romance books. That way I’ll see what’s selling these days.

I refused to do that, to follow the paths of successful romance writers. I’ve read one recently that seemed to be a simple and engaging story, with all kinds of sexual feelings pasted in. I’ve lived through my own romance and read about many others, doesn’t that qualify me to write one?

Oh, I know people will say I can’t succeed that way. Romances are written by formula. All one has to do is read the formulas put up online by Harlequin and others.

Why do I write what I do?

The characters in my stories are the most important thing. I teach others about character, but I don’t follow my own advice. I suggest that people should sit down and figure out the answers to a lot of questions about their characters, what is their age, what did their parents want for them and so forth. I don’t follow that plan. I come up with a vague plot and a vague character. I put the character in the plot to find out what will happen. I begin to write. It’s terrible. Junk. Lots of questions unanswered. But slowly I get to know the character. How do they fit into the plot? Why do they figure some guys are the bad guys? What’s the big story that they’re starting to see?

How does my writing process work?

The big challenge in today’s world is marketing E-books. I assume everyone knows that E-books will soon dominate the entire book world. The problem is how to get noticed. There are some crooks waiting to collect your $50 fee for the sale of a few E-books at 99 cents. And there are some honest business men who will help you sell books for a reasonable price. One such is  The question you have to answer is how much of your life do you plan to spend on facebook, on getting to know a lot of people who will help you sell books.

Now the Monday Writing Process Blog Tour goes over to Brian Rodda, a commercial artist and writer. Brian combines the creation of an idea with the ability to present that idea in visual form. He has an amazing ability to invent stories that will appeal to young readers. His last was a book called Zed, the story of a boy who visits an atomic collider during a school field trip when an accident happens. Zed discovers that a cube has appeared in his mind that allows him to change dimensions. When he turns the cube one way, he can go anywhere he wants. When he turns it in another direction, he flattens into a two dimensional form, letting him slide around on the nearest surface.

Visit Brian at

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