Monday, January 8, 2018

Hot Rods and Homicides!

The next book is one of those "I wonder what would happen if ..." books. I was in a parking garage one day and I heard an argument somewhere in the garage. Given how things echo, I wasn't sure where the voices were coming from. They were arguing in a foreign languge, I think German -- I speak French and some Spanish, and it wasn't those.

As I left the garage, I thought, "Gee, I wonder what would happen if someone overheard an argument and it turns out that was right before a murder. And that person saw the murderer ..."

And lo, "Homicides, Hostages, and Hot Rod Restorations" was born. I love researching things I know nothing about for my books, and this was no exception. The heroine is a rather erudite person, and I had fun checking facts about the English language. Plus she's of Rom heritage, so that involved some research. Then there was the whole car restoration stuff.

Lots of fun to research and write. This was the first of the "Gypsy cousin" books (followed by "PhDs" and "Ex-Wives", to be mentioned later). If you like an interesting heroine and a somewhat shy hero, this one might be for you.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Leap of Faith

It's weird to kick off a year of posts about books with the final book in a trilogy, but there you have it -- the luck of the draw.

Leap of Faith is the final book in my far-future trilogy (composed of Human Touch, Living Proof, and Leap of Faith). This trilogy is penultimate group of books for the series I'm currently writing -- the Endless American Dream series, which will have (Lord willing) 14 books total.

Yep, you read that right. 14 books. There are 9 books set in current day. One book set 2 generations from now. One book set 4 generations from now. Then these 3.

Here's the odd thing: I wrote these 3 books knowing that I would be writing the first 12 someday. But I only had vague ideas of the plot lines, although I did know the characters.

So I created this trilogy years ago and now I'm writing the 12 books that lead up to it. I have Books 1-7 done. I'm writing Book 8. I have book 11 done. Yeah, I keep busy ...

So what can I tell you about Leap of Faith? This entire trilogy is about politics, really. I tried to envision a society that had solved a lot of our problems: racism, inequality between the sexes, religious intolerance. I imagined what it would be like if those issues didn't exist. What would be the conflict?

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that there will always be conflicts -- it's just a matter of where they come from. And that's where Leap of Faith starts: a new race has been discovered on this imaginary planet, but where did they come from? And what effect will they have on the current inhabitants?

Dru Delaney is a planetary leader and her co-leader is Jak Exo Moreno. They have a lot to learn about trust, love, and leadership -- and it all culminates in this book.

I'll tell you about the other 2 books in the trilogy later, on their anniversary dates. For now, just tuck this one away in the back of your mind: you may want to revisit it later ...

Monday, January 1, 2018

What's coming up this year

I'm kicking off a new year, starting my 12th year in publishing, with posts here about some of my old books (the ones that are still available). I'm going to revisit them, write about them, and maybe introduce some of you to them. So hang on for a trip down Memory Lane.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Wrapping up the year

I spent NaNoWriMo getting organized for business stuff, and I wrote a book.

Early in November, I had a writing retreat with some friends, and I came up with a neat idea for a book. So in one month, I wrote it.

I'm happy to finish the year on that note! I'll be reviewing the last 2 books in the Dream series, so I can dig in and start writing on January 1. I would *love* to get 2 books in that series written next year, but other voices might be calling to me ... we shall see.

My next book comes out in January or February (no date yet), and I have one more submitted for consideration so I may have edits to keep me busy. But I'm sure I won't be so busy I can't get at least one more book written next year!

Have a great holiday and see you next year!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Ah, NaNoWriMo: an odd month for me

I don't usually acknowledge NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) because I'm so disciplined I can easily write a book in 3 months -- I don't need anyone cracking a whip to make me write.

But I do need someone to crack a whip to make me think about business, so I'm using NaNo to work on business plans, work on my self-pubbed books, and figure out where I'm going in the future. I've been published now for 10 years and it's time to try to map out the next 10 -- if I can!

I'll be back in 2018 with at least one new book (and maybe 2 or 3 if I figure out the self-pubbed angle), plus I hope to lay the groundwork to finish the Dream Series and consider launching that.


Monday, October 9, 2017

California here I come

I'm heading to California later this week for the Ind'Scribe conference (details here). I haven't been to a writing conference for awhile, so this should be fun.

I admit, I don't enjoy plane travel like I used to. Now it's just a chore. Road trip: yeah, I love 'em. Plane trips? Not so much. So I have to get past that part of it to really enjoy myself.

I finished another manuscript this summer -- it took about 3 months to write, and I have no idea if it's any good. I'll do a re-read when I get back from the conference.

Then, what's next? A casino outing with friends, then I'll dig back into the Endless American Dream series. Today's political scene has given me some great ideas for what NOT to do in government.

There's inspiration everywhere these days ...