Tuesday, May 26, 2015

And Then There Were... What?

It's been a while since I blogged about my writing journey. My apologies to those who follow this blog for that purpose. The truth is: I spend most of my writing time working on stories, so everything I have to say ends up in books instead of online. I've tried to keep this blog active with author interviews, book release details, and giveaways, which are all fun but not the reason most people follow a writer's blog.

So here's what I've been up to...

I originally purposed to write a 3-book series, to tell the finding love/finding their way stories of three siblings living in a hidden land. Did that. And then a month before The Land Uncharted was released, I started writing the founders' story. If you've read any of the Uncharted books, you know what I'm talking about. Details for that book's publication forthcoming.

Now comes the question I've been hearing several times a day lately: what's next?

Good question.

I have ideas. Notebooks full of ideas.

They say to do this author thing right, a writer must stick with their genre (histori-fi-mance, anyone?) and build their audience. Great, because I love the Land and could write a dozen more books about Lydia and Connor and the Colburns and Good Springs and what is over the mountains. Seriously, what is over the mountains?!

But every time I start working on the next Uncharted book, my mind wonders to a mystery set here in our world and our time. I can feel the setting and smell the air and hear my main character's voice. (Not literally, so call off the guys in white coats.)

The point is: I'm building an audience *waves to new fans* and people are loving the Uncharted books. Super! I'll keep them coming as long as the Lord allows. But how far of a stretch is it from the Uncharted series to a mystery (nothing gory, you know me) set here and now?

Personally, I don't think it would be genre-hopping for me to write a mystery since the Uncharted books are such a genre-mash and include mystery. What do you think?


  1. I think you should write the stories that are insistent. Your writing style will remain the same and your stories have already been in the past and future and so the present is not a large leap. It's not as if you were writing neolithic tales and are now jumping to the present. There have been elements of mystery before too in your books and so it seems like a natural outgrowth. You also have freedom within Eden Press to do this and don't have to go in search of a different publisher when changing genre. Happy writing!

    1. You're right, this does seem natural. Thanks, Megan!

  2. Go for it! Cosy mystery with a bit of romance. That way they are all romance sub-genre-mash-ups.