It has been a long, challenging year for everyone, but spring brings not only renewal of life to the fields and gardens but also to our communities. Although we are not there yet, more normal life is beginning to return with vaccines available.
I encourage you all to mask up and do everything possible to stop the spread of covid-19. My editor/hubby and I are now fully vaccinated, and we feel a great sense of relief. For the first time in over a year, we were able to participate in a book signing event. And, of course, I was wearing my vampire-approved smiling fangs mask.
I have a few writing projects close to publication. The 3rd book in the Miranda Chronicles series, Gift of Blood, is in the final stages of editing and formatting. We hope to publish it in early summer. Our newly divorced heroine’s romantic life heats up when she moves to Granite Falls, Washington, and nocturnal suitors pursue her to the Cascades. Miranda finds an unlikely ally at Seattle’s only vampire-approved nightclub, The Funeral Pyre. With the kids about to enter college, Miranda finally reveals her decision whether she will transition to become a vampire.
This winter, I ventured beyond the world of vampires into the world of werewolves and witches. I had the honor to collaborate with two gifted writers, Linda Jordan and Susan Brown, on two novella collections. The first is Witch Magic and contains my story “Extreme Cosplay.” It is a fascinating tale of a vampire and a werewolf who enlist an ambitious witch to help them change places for 24 hours. As in most relationships, issues arise that bring about unforeseen challenges and decisions. Would you want to remain a vampire or a werewolf and refuse to change back?
Even as my editor/hubby is finishing work on Gift of Blood, I have been working on the fourth book in the Miranda Chronicles. It focuses on the lives of the Royal Offspring. Miranda and Tristan watch them explore adulthood and find their way. They move between the mortal and nocturnal worlds, struggling with relationships and finding their place in both worlds.
Some authors plan out in meticulous detail every plot twist and character action before starting their stories. I generally start out having a general idea of what the characters will do, but often they have a way of taking control of their stories and have been known to make me change scenes, plot lines, and even the ending. This is especially true with the clever and always unpredictable Royal Offspring.
I hope you have blooming gardens, full coffee mugs, and enjoy the quiet escape of reading.