Today we have the Confessions of a Serial… Writer by the very lovely Eden Winters. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Eden for popping in and extend a warm welcome from all of the team here at Sinfully.
Plus… don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Redemption, her new novel and the latest release in the Diversion Series.
Confessions of a Serial…Writer
by Eden Winters
I once had a conversation with a friend about writing a book series. She believed that writing a series would be easier than a standalone, because the characters, their backgrounds, etcetera, are already established. Her words made sense to me at the time.
Diversion was supposed to be a stand-alone novel, until it spawned Collusion, Corruption, Manipulation, the recently released Redemption, and soon, Reunion and two others.
Where do I even begin to keep an eight book series straight?
First off: characters grow, they evolve, they change, but at their very core they’re the same person, with the same history. They have family. And the writer has to remember the character’s seventh cousin once removed because he’s going to reappear in book seven, and he was mentioned in passing in book one. This requires rereading all the books for any mention of cousin-what’s-his-name. And trust me, no matter how small or insignificant the secondary character may seem, they’ve probably gained fans—fans who won’t like you suddenly calling Cousin Larry by the wrong name.
In the case of the Diversion series, there are lots of folks to keep up with, Lucky’s NASCAR-track-named siblings: Dallas, Daytona, Bristol, and Charlotte, and quite a few minor characters that were supposed to appear once and go away, but refused to do so.
New information is still cropping up about a character who died offstage in book one. That meant rereading my own books and gathering up what tidbits I’d already dropped. I’d considered him a done deal at the time and didn’t exactly take notes.
Then there’s the books’ star, Richmond Eugene Lucklighter, now known by his witness protection name, Simon Harrison, and called Lucky.
Except by his sister, who calls him… hmmmm. Back to book one to discover she calls him Richie. Yes, I have notes on him, but certain things slip by. Now, did I give Charlotte’s sons names, and how old did I make them? Let’s see, if Lucky was thirty-five when the series started, how old is he now? The books generally cover a year, except for first one, oh, and fourth one… and did I mention him having two birthdays or three? When did I say Bo’s birthday was? September? Did I give a date? Which ankle did Lucky hurt sliding down the kudzu vine?
*Author dives back into books for answers*
So you see, folks, a seamless transition from book to book, and keeping facts straight, isn’t as easy as I originally thought.
And for all of you who long to hear Bo’s voice, I will make one more confession: I tried. Yes, I truly did.
In the first book I attempted to use two POVs, but because Lucky is so in-your-face and outspoken, Bo’s thoughts paled in comparison. They wouldn’t now, because he’s definitely ready to stand toe-to-toe with a partner who has a chip on his shoulder, but in the beginning, he was too meek and mild to push Lucky out of my head.
Lucky just kinda took over.
An idea is currently cooking in my brain for a short story, in which fans can finally hear some of Bo’s opinions.
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with the blurb and a short excerpt from the recently released Redemption (Diversion 5):
Redemption (Diversion Series Book 5)
Publisher ~ Rocky Ridge Books
Published ~ 8th August 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Living is the easy part.
Agent Lucky Lucklighter and his partner escaped Mexico alive, only to plunge into bureaucratic fallout from their mission. Hell, maybe Lucky should have stayed south of the border. Especially when the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau places Bo into rehab, and Lucky’s facing both therapy and an inquiry into a fatal shooting. Watching over his shoulder for a vengeful drug lord or a cartel don calling in favors leaves him scarcely able to imagine a future for them as agents, or as a couple.
Bo Schollenberger once had a vision for their life together, but he’s bowed beneath the weight of his undercover work. Lucky’s hanging on by his deeply chewed fingernails, clinging to hope by making Bo’s dreams of a home into reality. The last thing he needs is a phone call from a dangerous man who knows too much, summoning him back to Mexico for “an early Christmas present.”
Not when the SNB brass asks tough questions, like “How well do you know your partner?”
::: REVIEW :::
“What’s your current credit rating?”
Lucky didn’t often use credit. After getting out of prison to work for Walter, he’d bought his car from a police auction for cash, and lived a low-key lifestyle. Before that, Victor Mangiardi had taken care of him. A nice way to live, but other than a car stereo in his teens, he’d never made payments on anything. And he’d been Richmond Lucklighter then. He’d only been Simon Harrison for a short time, and although he’d used credit cards to make expense reporting easier when on assignment, he paid them off every month. “I’m not sure.”
“Then let’s see.” The woman tapped on her laptop and whistled.
“Mr. Harrison, I don’t think we’ll have a problem getting you the loan.”
He owed Walter one hell of a lot of those frou-frou coffee drinks from Starbucks for giving him a credit score to make a loan officer whistle.
An hour later Lucky fought to hide a grin from a woman who’d put the Energizer Bunny to shame. “Now, I’m familiar with the house you’re considering. Offer 180. Trust me.” She winked and handed him the phone.
He pulled a dog-eared card from his wallet and dialed.
“Mr. Harrison?” The Realtor didn’t sound too happy to hear from him, not that he blamed her. She’d been working hard for her commission. That’s why she got commission.
“Is that house still available? The fixer-upper in the gated neighborhood?”
“I want to make an offer.”
Now what was he gonna tell Bo?
What? You haven’t started the Diversion series yet?
Well, now may be the time. Until August 20, Diversion (Diversion 1) is on sale at Rocky Ridge Books and your favorite e-book sites for .99 cents.
There are good guys, bad guys, and then there’s Lucky.
Former drug trafficker Richmond “Lucky” Lucklighter flaunts his past like a badge of honor. He speaks his mind, doesn’t play nice, and flirts with disaster while working off his sentence with the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau. If he can keep out of trouble a while longer he’ll be a free man–after he trains his replacement.
Textbook-quoting, by the book Bo Schollenberger is everything Lucky isn’t. Lucky slurps coffee, Bo lives caffeine free. Lucky worships bacon, Bo eats tofu. Lucky trusts no one, Bo calls suspects by first name. Yet when the chips are down on their shared case of breaking up a drug diversion ring, they may have more in common than they believe.
Two men. Close quarters. Friction results in heat. But Lucky scoffs at partnerships, no matter how thrilling the roller-coaster. Bo has two months to break down Lucky’s defenses… and seconds are ticking by.
Connect with Eden Winters
A writer of m/m romance, questioner of everything, and a die-hard believer in happy endings, at least in fiction. Author of Lambda nominated Settling the Score.
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