Okay, so not really. Wishful thinking.
Lately, I've been working on a series that follows the lives of emergency responders. It's a lot darker than what I usually write, and a little bit gritty. There's elements of mystery and suspense, and it was coming together really well in my head. I know where I'm going with it, four books in advance. Things are linked together, intertwined, and it is a lot different than the usual somewhat fluffy, fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants approach I normally take.
It was going really well. I was almost a quarter of the way through the first book. This is a board of some of the images I was using for inspiration as I was writing. The first book follows a paramedic and a forensic pathologist who have known one another for years, but meet again through a mutual friend. I actually started writing this book around the same time I wrote Keeping Sweets, but it was shelved for the last three years or so. I submitted Tasting Notes a couple of weeks ago, and the characters started talking to me again. I was excited. The book was half written! Until I went back re-read it and was forced to delete all but 3,000 words. (The bad news is that I trashed almost 25,000 words. The good news is that my writing has improved quite a bit in the last three years!)
The writing was going well. Until all of a sudden, these other guys showed up. An amateur photographer working as a temp, living in L.A., trying to make a go of it. And a successful underwear model who is a little bit spoiled, a lot bratty, and more than a little damaged.
They arrived on the scene and moved in, taking over everything else for the last few days. We're back to the fluffy, fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants thing I'm so used to, but these guys are a lot more vivid than my characters usually are, so I've set aside everything else and I've started their story.
And so far, I'm loving it!
Cate Ashwood's books on Goodreads
Keeping Sweets (Newport Boys, #1)
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Brokenhearted (Hope Cove, #1)
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A Forced Silence (Zero Hour, #1)
ratings: 635 (avg rating 3.90)
Married for a Month
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Wholehearted (Hope Cove, #2)
ratings: 458 (avg rating 3.51)