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5/21/2016 12:50:56 AM

What I'm working on: Mysteries AND Romances?


Well, as you know, if you've read my books, I can't resist romance. Even in my mystery series I have a romance that develops over several books between Rika Martin and Nick Owen.

However, once I started the Martin and Owen series, the various secondary characters started inspiring me to write more romances. LeeAnne needs her own romance, for instance, since she's a great friend to Rika, but was in an abusive marriage before the Martin and Owen series starts. And once I started writing Dead Men Don't Eat Quiche, I realized Rika's aunts each need their own romance stories. They've both been scarred by their life experiences--especially the fact that Rika's mother, their sister, was abducted and murdered. I have a great idea for Nick's sister, who is mentioned in Dead Men Don't Chew Gum, but doesn't appear until later. 

But the romance I was inspired to write immediately is for Rika's cousin Sofia. One morning I was lying in bed, not feeling like getting up, and I started mulling over her story. The next thing I knew, I was at my computer and I'd written 2,000 words and the next day, I wrote over 2,000 more.

Since that romance takes place just after the events in Dead Men Don't Eat Quiche, I've decided to keep writing the two books simultaneously--I currently have about 22,000 words in Quiche--and release Sofia's romance just after Quiche.

It's possible Sofia's story will be a novella instead of a novel. I never know for sure until I write the book. I had no idea, for instance, that just after writing No More Mr. Nice Girl (70,000 words), I'd write my first mystery--Dead Men Don't Chew Gum--and it would turn out to be 100,000 words.

So far, I have no idea what the title of Sofia's book will be or what the cover will look like, hence the question mark cover above. A title usually comes to me while I'm writing the book, if not before.

Of course, I already have the title for Nick's sister's book, but I love it too much to give it away yet. I think her romance will be the next one after Sofia's.

So, for those of you who were concerned I was switching genres completely, like Kiki in Not Dreaming of You, I, too, live my life for love, and I can't resist writing about it. Besides, there's an undeniable attraction brewing between Nick and Rika within the mystery series itself and that attraction will explode with a bang. It has to, if I make my readers wait through several books to experience it.

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