Hi, Readers. Most of you know I reached a milestone last month—the publication of the third and final book of the Driscoll Lake series.
It’s hard to believe five years have passed since I began writing the first draft of Unseen Motives. There were many times I thought I’d never complete it—let alone edit and publish. But one book led to a second one, then a third.
Now, they are done. And having never completed a series before, I felt a little lost at first. When you’ve lived with characters for several years, it’s sad to see them go. At the same time, I was relieved and felt a sense of accomplishment.
Then came the blog promo tour, and those in themselves can be exhausting. I’m grateful for those who hosted me and for all those that followed along and left supportive comments along the way.
Afterward, I decided to take a little time off (at least that’s what I planned). But the writer in me couldn’t let go. I’m already thinking ahead.
So, what is next? I have a few ideas.
The first is to put together a book of short stories. Years ago, I did a First Friday Fiction feature on my blog. Some of the stories are in the mystery/suspense genre. Some are one-shots, others spanned a period of several months.
The plan is to take several of these stories and rewrite them. A couple of them I never finished, so I want to do that. To make the book a decent length, I’ll need to write a few more.
I’m also planning my next series. The books will still contain elements of mystery, suspense, and romance, but I plan to throw in a little folklore or legend into the stories. I purchased a journal and have already been brainstorming ideas. The plan is to begin writing the first book in the fall.
Another idea is to revamp the First Friday Fiction stories that I don’t want to include in the short story collection and create a page on my website with links to them. And speaking of the blog, I’m toying with some ideas for a couple of regular features. I’ll write more about that later, if and when I plan to implement them.
I also want to enjoy the summer. My husband has a different work schedule during non-school months, and we are able to spend more time together. Another thing I want to do is catch up on my reading. My TBR list would probably reach to the moon and back (well, maybe across the state of Texas). And it’s forever growing.
What about you? I’d love to hear about your summer plans. Leave a comment.