By: Kendra Elliot
Congratulations to "Sami" and "Judi L", the winners in Kendra's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.
I turned in manuscript number three in the Bone Secrets Novels to my editor this week, and she is expecting book number four in six months.
I have no idea what I’m going to write.
This is the first time that I’ve finished a book and don’t have an idea for the next one. In the past I’ve had something fabulous pop up while I’m writing and I’ve scribbled it down, thinking, “What a great idea for another book. Ohh. I can’t wait to get writing!”
This time is different. I’m enjoying the wide openness of not being locked in to a concept yet. I get to consider ideas and either reject them or set them aside for more pondering. I keep waiting for that tummy-tingle idea. You know, the physical feeling you get when you read the back of a book and say “I have to read this!”
I love high concept. My first book, HIDDEN, was about a woman hounded by a serial killer for the second time, CHILLED was about a federal marshal transport plane crashing in the wilderness, and the third, BURIED, will be about a school bus full of children who simply vanish. Each time, the basic concept of the book flooded my brain and didn’t let go. I’m still waiting for that to occur this time.
Am I worried the idea won’t come? Not at all. I have full faith in the creative process that the right idea will appear when I need it. This also happens during the writing process of a novel. I’ll have no idea how to write myself out of a corner, but if I simply keep pushing and typing the solution presents itself.
My editor has asked me to return to my forensics specialist in HIDDEN. We’ve discussed using this character to create an ongoing series similar to concepts by Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell. Just typing the names of those fabulous authors intimidates me. But I love their books. I’m inspired by the challenge my editor has given me and I want to pursue it.
Do you like books with recurring main characters? Who is your favorite? One that stands out for me is JD Robb’s Eve Dallas. Unbelievably, her 35th book comes out next month. And when do you tire of reading about the same person?
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