Or how they keep creating or producing new work every few months?
There's no shortage of ideas in my writing den, only a shortage of time and, occasionally, energy when all the regular events of daily life need attention. Over the coming weeks I'll be looking at how and where some of these ideas come from.
So far this year I've released three new books. "The Cattleman's Promise" (Hearts of the Outback bk 6) was fascinating to research. I interviewed three experts in the areas of cattle stations, drone technology, and occupational therapy in order to write the story of Jeff Alistair and Samantha (Sam) on Esmeralda Downs. What is a cattleman to do when he can't ride and his whole future depends on that ability?
I love series because I love returning to a particular 'world' and revisiting characters whose stories continue to unfold in the background of each new couple.
But I also love the excitement of dipping into a new 'world' and discovering what makes a new group of people tick. "Home to Lark Creek" begins part 2 of Hearts of the Outback with the 'world' shifting to the district around Lark Creek. Travis and Katy are the first couple to find the home of their hearts. He is a singer composer who fears an accident has robbed him of the ability to make music, and she is his muse from over the back fence. Together they rediscover the magic of Christmas and begin to set Lark Creek back on the tourist trail.
This July will see the release of the first four books in a group series about a down and almost-out cotton town on the edge of the outback. When the cotton mill closes its gates, the ripples touch everyone and the fallout might be the death knell of Mindalby. The series will begin with the mill closure in 'Cotton Field Dreams' by SE Gilchrist on 2 July, followed by 'Starting Over' in which the idea for the recovery of the town begins to take shape. The four books that make up 'Heart of the Town' will be released in a print bind up around 23 July and should be available where all good books are sold.
I'll be bringing each book in the Mindalby Outback Romance series to you through July.