When Will Your Next Book Be Available?
Weeelll… I don’t know. Here’s why:
- Most importantly, I let the characters write their own stories. While they’re generous enough to give me a general idea where the story is going, the specifics come out as I’m writing. So when I set out to write a story, I never even know how many pages it’ll take me to finish it.*
- Also, I take the time to write my stories well. These books are very research-heavy, and it’s my goal to maintain the level of professionalism, detail, and accuracy you’ve come to expect.
- Finally, I also run a business outside of writing. As any business owner will tell you, entrepreneurship is a huge time commitment. Between writing my books and running my business, my day starts at seven in the morning and doesn’t end until nine or ten at night. Somewhere in there, I try to maintain balance through daily workouts, weekly hikes with the Molly-dog, and time spent with the people I love.
But I know you’re all waiting for the next story. That’s why I provide monthly progress reports in my newsletter, and often check in daily on my Facebook page. That’s also why I’m committed to writing every single day.
When the next book is done, I’ll announce it on my website, in my newsletter, and on Facebook. I’ll do my best to make sure you hear about it!
Thank you so much for your love and your patience. I can’t wait to unveil the next book!
*An example of details coming out during the writing: I initially threw in the silver helm as a bit of a lark and an afterthought. It later took on huge meaning in Book Two and helped facilitate a major turn in the plot. That little “lark” added thousands of words to the manuscript.
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How Many Books Will There Be in the Mailboat Series?
Five … I think. Please refer to the first part of the previous question. 🙂
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Did You Grow Up in Lake Geneva? Were You a Mail Jumper?
Actually… no! I grew up in North Dakota and currently live in Montana. I had never so much as heard of Lake Geneva or the Mailboat.
One day in the autumn of 2009, I was flipping channels on TV and saw a story on the Lake Geneva Mailboat. I was captivated. By the time I’d shut off the TV and stepped out of the room, all the major elements of the story had fallen into place in my mind.
I let the story percolate until the summer of 2014, when I decided to sit down and write it. I had been researching the location and the Mailboat from a distance for five years. Now, I contacted the Lake Geneva Cruise Line, which operates the Mailboat, and asked for a behind-the-scenes tour. They welcomed me aboard, and even let me try mail jumping. I also got in touch with the Lake Geneva Police Department, got a tour of the police station, went for a ride along, and began a wonderful working relationship with their officers.
Two years later, in August 2016, I published the first book in the Mailboat series.
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You’re too young to be an author!
I learned how to read and write when I was four and immediately began to write stories. By the time I was seven, I was working on my first novel and had decided to become an author. At the age of fourteen, my first play was produced at a local theater, followed by five more. In my twenties, I contributed to a number of periodicals. I published my first book at the age of of twenty-seven.
I have always been too young to be an author. 🙂 But I’ve also always known what I wanted to do with my life.