From the Author
In romance, though, 'series' tend to be spin-offs rather than series. There might be hints and references to what happened before, but the major players in book 2 were probably secondary characters in book 1. Allison Brennan, Karen Rose, Catherine Coulter's FBI series, Roxanne St. Claire's "Bullet Catchers" - they're all stand alone books that have roots elsewhere. Suzanne Brockmann's "Troubleshooters" books seem to straddle both categories.
When I wrote Finding Sarah, I hadn't envisioned it as a series of any sort. However, when I finished, one of the secondary characters, Colleen McDonald, wanted her own story, which ended up being Starting Over. I picked her up and moved her across the country, with only the vaguest references to what had happened before she left Pine Hills--and her trigger for moving was not part of Finding Sarah at all. Also, I wasn't sure I'd be able to sell Finding Sarah, and I didn't need a book 2 if there was no book 1.
Randy and Sarah insisted they weren't done yet. Another dilemma. Hidden Fire was going to be another romantic suspense, but my hero and heroine already knew each other and were already in the typical HEA required by the genre. How to begin? I put the two of them together and let them go. To maintain the conflict and tension of the relationship, I fast-forwarded a few months, and pulled Randy out of the scenario letting Sarah re-evaluate the relationship. After all, she'd spent most of Finding Sarah wanting to be independent. Second thoughts, anyone?
But the fun in the writing was in being able to start the book with something steamier than a typical contemporary romance, since they were already in a relationship. And, I got to send them down to Eureka and Arcata, where we'd vacationed, adding to the setting and letting me use some of the local scenery.
About the Author
However, her entry into the world of writing can be attributed to a "mistake" when her son mentioned the Highlander television series on a visit home. Being the "good mother" she began watching the show and soon connected with the world of fanfiction, first as a reader, then as a critique giver, and then, one brave weekend, she wrote her first short story.
Things snowballed and soon she was writing her first original novel. Much later, she mentioned something about a recent Highlander episode to her son, and he said, "Oh, I've never actually watched the show, I just thought the concept was cool." Little did he know what he'd started.
With a degree in Psychology from UCLA, she loves getting into the minds of her characters, turning them loose in tight spots and seeing what they do. Too often, they surprise her.