The Publisher Knows Best
Last fall, I was minding my own business writing paranormal short stories like “Cora’s Crossing” and “Moonlight and Ghosts” set in the Florida Panhandle where I grew up. My focus was swamps and barrier islands rather than the Montana high country where my fantasy novels are set.
However, it was time (I thought) to begin mapping out the book that would tie together the adventures in The Sun Singer and Sarabande. When I mentioned this to my publisher, she said she had a better idea. Before writing that book, how about a trilogy of books called, aptly, The Garden of Heaven Trilogy?
She explained her excitement about the project: three books, interlocking plots, release dates throughout 2013 while you’re writing your Sarabande follow-up. Individuals X and Y (not their real names) also like the idea. Plus, she tempted me by showing me a mockup of the book covers that ultimately evolved into this art work:
After thinking through the idea another time, I decided that the publisher knows best. Plus, as I began work, I was having fun. I won’t go to far as to say that I whistled while I worked—whistling would annoy the cats. Yet, like many authors, excitement about a project is an important part of the creative process.
The adventure series will take you to many places, as the crow flies, from the high country of Montana to Florida’s Gulf Coast to the South China Sea to the gentle country of central Illinois. Yes, it’s a fantasy, but it’s also a love story and a mystery.
The Seeker will be released in March, followed by The Sailor in June and The Betrayed in September. Meanwhile, you might just see a few more of those Florida short stories showing up on Kindle and Nook. So far, the characters in The Sun Singer and Sarabande are waiting patiently for their next book. Oh yes, my publisher who knows best is Vanilla Heart Publishing.