It’s hard enough to keep track of people, places, and things when writing a standalone book, so when I write a trilogy I ALWAYS use a storyboard.
Here is the storyboard for the new Heartlandia series:
A DOCTOR FOR KEEPS Harlequin Special Edition, is out now, and is the first book in a three-book series set in the fictional small town of Heartlandia, Oregon – a Scandinavian enclave along the gorgeous Columbia River. Now, if this sounds suspiciously similar to Astoria, it is. The beauty of creating fictional towns is you can pick and choose what you want to use from real places and those tucked away places in the head–I like to call that my creativity spot—to make the setting exactly the way it was envisioned in the mind. Some details stay and others get tossed, making the setting seem similar but not exactly like the real place.
Book one is in the upper left hand corner. Here is a closer view:
Book #2, Gunnar’s story, is along the top and the upper right and will be out in March 2015:
and book #3, Leif Andersen’s story, is lower right side and along the bottom and will be out in the fall of 2015.
Desi is the long lost granddaughter of Heartlandia’s Mayor pro tem, and she makes her way home at a crucial time in the city’s history. There’s a town secret that just might blow the lid off “the way things have always been” and only a handful of people know about it. No this book isn’t a mystery, the secret is only a subplot, but I had a ball making it up and threading it throughout the three books.
(This is how I pictured Desi)
Of course Desdemona’s story is a romance, one that involves the tall “Viking” type who lives next door to her grandmother, with his son. Notice Eric Dane’s picture? Yeah, that’s the guy I had in mind. See Male on Monday at Pink Heart Society for more on Kent/Eric.
In a recent spotlight interview (goes live July 19th at Harlequin Junkie) I was asked if I could give my characters advice what it would be. Here’s my answer (consider this a sneak preview of the spotlight – which will also involve a book giveaway – hint hint)
For Desdemona – when you’re too focused on one thing and only interested in getting where you’re going (finding your father and meeting him) you might miss all the wonderful things right under your nose. Look up! Look around. Take it ALL in. Who knows what can happen when your mind and heart are open?
For Kent – Even when your heart has been battered by love, it is better to be open to new love than to be completely shut down to life. Let your spirited son show you the way!
Authors – do you storyboard your books?
Readers: There’s a game that circulates around at Facebook again and again asking if you could give advice to your younger self, what you would say. Share some advice in a comment, won’t you?
Until next time, make it a great one!