All authors come to writing in different ways. Some wake up one day from a dream and just have to write it down. Some toy with the idea for years before they even jot down a note. And some don’t even realize that’s they want to write, until they’re already in the process of writing a novel.
For me it was always what I wanted to do. As long as I could remember I’ve been writing down stories. I’ve been dreaming up ideas, and what I’d do when I was a big hit author. As a kid it seemed so easy. Just sit down and a book forms beneath your typing fingers. No work at all.
I’m sure you all realize that it’s not that easy, and I quickly did too. Just getting your butt in the chair is a lot of work, and then actually writing once you’re seated, that can be almost exhausting. Yet I am constantly amazed by what comes out. As a true pantser, I hardly ever know exactly what’s going to come out when I sit down. I have a rough idea, maybe I know the story will be about a couple reunited, or maybe it will be about a group of werewolves wandering the western plains, but beyond that simple idea, I don’t usually have any idea what I’m going to write.
When I sat down to write Reunion Makes Three, I had no idea that the story was going to be set in a small luxurious skiing town in Vermont, much like the one I grew up in. And I had no idea that not only would the characters in Reunion Makes Three steal my heart, but so would the town they lived in.
After writing this first book in my new Snowedin Fantasies series, I was immediately inundated with the other inhabitants of Snowedin. Beth’s sister, her best friend, the girl down the street, the librarian, even the shock jocks on the radio. Suddenly I wasn’t just thinking about Snowedin, I might as well have been living there. The town became so real for me, I feel in love with all of them. I can’t wait to explore even more of the town. I hope to give everyone in Snowedin the happily ever after they desire.
I couldn’t be happier to embark on my first long running series, and it feels right to be writing about a small town in Vermont, a place very much like the one I grew up in and where all these writing dreams first started. The dream I'm currently blissfully living out.
Reunion Makes Three, the first Snowedin Fantasy story, was released with Siren Publishing two days ago, and is currently on the best sellers list. I hope you’ll check it out. I think you’ll fall in love with Snowedin just like I did.