That’s a loaded question. My Critique Partners know I’ve been, ahem, working on Book 2 of what I’ve been calling my Beachcomber Series. This book has been my ‘angsty’ child for the past two years. But finally, it’s coming together. Not quite writing itself, but the scenes are hatching and morphing daily now. Always Been You (working title) is the story of Shane McKenna, a commercial fisherman, and his ex-wife Olivia Simone, the woman he’d married straight out of high school. Shane is the older brother of Mitch from Unexpectedly You. The elevator pitch is Sweet Home Alabama meets the Perfect Storm. It’s a reunion story set in a fishing village on the Oregon Coast. And yes, there will be a storm and a shocking secret that will rock Shane’s world.
I have other projects in the works but I am a linear thinker, therefore, writer. It’s hard to jump from one project to another. I hope to learn a process that allows me to do this in the near future because I have night sweats thinking about the stories pegged in my project pipeline. I can’t wait to begin. It’s not in my contemporary romance genre, which is why it’s in the back burner.
I do jot notes down when things pop in my head and I map out the high level turning points in my poster sized plotter. The next step is to assign a playlist or sometimes even one song to the project that really brings it to life.
What is your technique for keeping the lid on your stories when they want to Incredible Hulk out of your head?