New Series Alert!
Introducing the Holmestown Dog Walker Mysteries.
Every dog walker has her day, but for Holmestown’s newest resident Joey Doyle, that day is going to the dogs. Literally.
After escaping a bad marriage and moving to Holmestown, PA, a charming village filled with quirky residents along with their closeted secrets and lovable pets, Joey Doyle takes up dog walking to make ends (almost) meet. Accompanied by her faithful and eerily smart Pug/Beagle mix – a Puggle – Watson, Joey carves out a niche for herself in the close-knit community. She is even responsible for several prize-winning show dogs until she discovers on of the owners dead, launching a high-profile murder investigation. Continue reading
…and I can’t tell you about any of it.
have patience, my pretties!!
It’s been a whirlwind summer, and it’s just getting started!
About a month ago, I was inspired to write a new trilogy after a fabulous day spent in a quaint town right out of a cozy mystery novel on an exhausting pilgrimage to attend a favorite author’s Q&A and book signing with some amazing friends.
I’ve been slowly scribbling notes (I use color coded note cards, longhand btw – it’s great for outlining and capturing scenes or characters or important plot points) ever since then, but I’ve been trying to keep it on the back burner because hours in the day, yadda yadda yadda.
Yesterday, I had a huge breakthrough. I now know the name of my adorable fictional town, and the name of the series – which of course ended up adding colorful piles of new note cards to the stack.
I *cannot* afford to start a new project right now – but when I dreamed about the town last night I realized I’m just going to have to make time.
Sleep is for the faint of heart!
I’ve not been blogging, but I’ve been writing. And writing. And writing.
Since my last post, I’ve written four full length novels in the Hurricane Arly series, and started a new series with Maddie the Finder, currently at two books with the next one knocking at the door. To make matters worse? better? I’ve got a great idea for a three-parter, the first of which is mostly outlined already.
Updated my website today to include Maddie and lo and behold, poor Elle starts screaming at me that she wants attention too! First child syndrome, I guess.
Need more hours in the day. Want to write more.
Need to start to think about putting these books out in the world beyond my trusty critique group. Should I look for an agent or go the self-pub route? At the rate I write (and then agonize over edits forever!), I tend to finish a book and jump into the next project immediately – I need someone pinging me to let my books out into the wild and let others enjoy them too!
I love writing supernatural thrillers and urban fantasy. It’s fun. It’s scary. It’s dark. There’s something exciting about writing and reading about things that scare me, and creating characters that are out there in the dark fighting the good fight. Elle York is more than my favorite character to write, she’s my imaginary friend.
But she’s not the only voice that’s trapped in my head, begging to come out and play in the real world. That’s why I decided to let Arly Briggs out. Unlike Elle, she doesn’t fight monsters. She doesn’t exist in the secretive shadowy corners of the world. She lives in the spotlight in her very own series of cozy mysteries.
I know what you’re thinking – Urban Fantasy and Cozy Mysteries are about as far apart in genre as you can be without writing smut by night and children’s illustrated books by day. And it is different. Challenging. New rules to learn (and break).
The Hurricane Arly books are light and fun, and written in first person. But they aren’t all doilies and lace. Each book, like me, has a dark side. Drugs. Cheating partners. Identity Theft. Jealousy.
And of course, murder.
Lots, and lots of murder.
So hang on to something, Hurricane Arly is headed your way!
What started out as an edit turned into a complete re-write, as in delete and start all over again. Total re-write of Book #1, which is easier than it sounds because I know the characters and the plot already, I’m just spinning them in a new direction and so far, I love the results! Then again, maybe I still have writer’s high.