Whenever I’m working on a story that’s part of a series, I try to keep in mind the characters I may need for future books. This usually requires some planning on my part. Often times, I create a character with just a few vague details so that I have room to play when he or she shows up in a book later.
I just finished writing Marrying Chrissy this month (the third book in my Brides of Clearwater series). I knew I was going to create Chrissy’s sister, Emma, as a potential future heroine in her own book. What surprised me is that Wyatt’s sister, Bonnie, also became very real and is insisting on her own book as well. I love it because both characters already have a lot of depth and an amazing story that begs to be told.
I think the hardest thing will be figuring out which one to write first!
Emma – She’s dealt with illness most of her life. As a child, she was sick a lot, and this only got worse as she got older. She had heart problems that continued to get worse until a heart transplant was her only option. After praying and waiting for what felt like forever, the loss of someone’s loved one meant saving Emma’s life. It’s been over a year since her heart transplant. She’s thankful to be alive, even if life is still far from easy. Emma’s certain that no man will ever want her. Between the scars from the surgery and her continuing health concerns, it’s a lot for any guy to take on. Can someone show her just how strong and beautiful she really is, both inside and out?
Bonnie – She was raised in a very wealthy home by parents who focused heavily on continuing to make money. They love their children but expect them to follow suite by pursuing money and making their own fortunes. When she became a nanny several years ago, they were less than thrilled. They were sure her interest in the job would fade, but Bonnie quickly learned that it was her dream job. She’s been taking care of a young boy while his single dad is at work. The more she’s drawn into the family, the more she realizes just how much of her heart she’s given to them both.
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It was awesome to get both of these great characters and story ideas while writing Marrying Chrissy. Normally, though, I tend to get my best story ideas at the weirdest times. Right before bed time, in the middle of the night, while driving the car, and while taking a shower are some of the most common times.
What about you? Do you get ideas or random thoughts at some of the oddest times as well? Or is your mind pretty organized? Comment below, and you’ll be entered to win a $5.00 Amazon gift card! This giveaway will remain open through August 26th. A winner will be chosen randomly and contacted on August 27th. I look forward to reading your responses!
Marrying Chrissy is available for pre-order!
Releasing August 30th
From fake relationship to forever love
Wyatt Tabor is feeling the pressure. His wealthy parents won’t support him unless he settles down and commits to the family business, while his ever-patient, loving grandmother longs to see him fall in love and be happy. After a broken engagement, he’s not sure he’s ready to trust someone else with his heart. With Gran’s 90th birthday party coming up, he cooks up a scheme that he hopes will appease his family and give her a drama-free celebration.
Serving up coffee was never Chrissy’s idea of a dream job, but she’ll do whatever it takes to help her sister afford the medication she needs. When a handsome, smooth-talking customer offers to pay her to pose as his girlfriend, she can’t help but say yes. After all, it’s only for one night. What could go wrong?
Wyatt and Chrissy soon realize their feelings for each other are anything but pretend. When family dramas and class differences pull them apart, they must decide whether to walk away, or take a leap of faith and risk everything for love.
If you are new to the Brides of Clearwater, you can pick up the first book in the series,
Marrying Mandy, for only $0.99 through the month of August.
Mandy Hudson swore she’d never marry. Abandoned by her parents and raised by her grandparents, she has a hard time trusting that real love will last. When her grandmother dies, Mandy’s shocked to discover a stipulation in the will. Considering marriage to her best friend may be the only way to keep her family’s beloved bed-and-breakfast.
The loss of his job threatens Preston Yarrow’s shaky financial stability. Besides, he can’t watch his best friend give up the only real home she’s ever known. Frustrated by Mandy’s stubborn refusal to let him help, he’s certain they are stronger together than they are apart. A marriage of convenience might be crazy… or an answer to both their prayers.
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