And as with every book I’ve ever written and published since 1998, after all the nice reviews and compliments — and can I just say THANK YOU!!! I love my fans!!– the first question I always get is “What’s next?”
Answer to the question: I plan to write Trey and Fee’s story, titled An Ill Wind.
Please note the crucial word in the above sentence is “plan.”
I don’t get sidetracked very often, but the times I have, have been noticeable. Cold Day in Hell, Risto’s story, wasn’t even a germ of an idea in my brain once I’d finished Eye of the Storm. I’d fully planned that after the novella Stormy Weather Baby, Vanko’s book was supposed to be the second book.
I’d even written a third of Vanko’s story when Risto hijacked my brain and insisted, in a very nice, but alpha-dominant sort of way, that his book had to be Book 2. Of course, Cold Day in Hell then spawned Tessa and Earl’s book Storm Front before I could get back to Vanko.
Looking back, I was glad Risto was so insistent.
So, yes, I plan to write Trey and Fee next. There are important reasons why I should. First and most importantly, Trey has been waiting for Fee since Stormy Weather Baby; the man has been celibate and is due. Plus, Fee is lonely in the New Mexico/Mexico border town and is ready to start dating again. Finally, Sanctuary and the under-served medically area of Idaho County needs a doctor the caliber of Dr. Fiona Teague (not to mention, the men and women of SSI need a doctor close by).
Don’t feel too bad for Trey; it really hasn’t been that long since Fee left Sanctuary. In my SSI timeline, Trey’s only been waiting for Fee to agree to go on a date with him since around mid-June (when Riley Maddox was born).
An Ill Wind starts on March 1st, a little over 8 1/2 months later. During all the other books and the passing of those months, Trey’s managed to visit Fee every month at least once. He’s charmed and wooed Fey, using that stealth courting technique Tweeter used on DJ Poe.
At the beginning of An Ill Wind, Fee’s agreed to go out with Trey on his next visit (alluded to in Storm Warning). In fact, she’s looking forward to it, but is still a little nervous. Then FUBAR happens and the date gets postponed for a bit. And, no, I won’t say why since it would spoil the beginning of the next book for y’all.
See? I know what will happen. I know the set up. I even know the dark moment near the end and how the book will end (HEA, of course).
BUT the middle is a MYSTERY!! Why? Because I am a semi-pantser. I know things that have to happen in my books, BUT I let the characters talk me through all the intricacies of their story.
This is good — because it allows me to go with the flow of the action, to be creative, and discover the story as the characters reveal it to me. But it is also, bad. Bad, in the way, that if my characters just shut the hell up in the middle of the book, some other character might come along and demand, as Risto did, that I write his or her story first. It’s happened before and I can’t promise it won’t happen again.
Plus, I now also have a name for a novella, Hot as Hell, which will feature a set of secondary characters and an important plot thread left hanging (on purpose) from Storm Warning. And, no, I can’t tell you who or what since that would spoil it for those who haven’t read Storm Warning yet. 😉
Speaking of Storm Warning — here are some BUY Links. 🙂