Having just finished the second book in my new series for Sourcebooks, DYLAN: The Secret Life of Cowboys, I'm already hearing the voice of their younger brother, Jesse, in my head. For those that might not hear voices in their head, from a writer's point of view, it's a good thing--at least it is for this writer.
When my characters aren't speaking to me, I know it's time to take a deep breath and reevaluate my work/writing schedule. I have no problem plotting out my stories without hearing my characters ahead of time, but if they aren't talking to me by the time I'm finishing the synopsis, I won't be able to move forward until they do.
I woke up two days ago with Jesse's voice reverberating in my head. Thank goodness! And today, I've had snippets of conversations between Jesse and his oldest brother, Tyler (whose book comes out March 1st.)
Naturally they're discussing Tyler getting a tattoo to match the one his younger brothers have, especially because their New York City cousins (who are coming out for the Take Pride in Pleasure Day Celebration and Rodeo) have matching tattoos. While the Garahans (Texas ranchers) have shamrocks tattooed over their hearts (on their amazing pecs), the Garahans (NYC Firemen) have Celtic knots tattooed around their impressive biceps. Jolene and Emily have this fabulous idea for being a part of the Take Pride in Pleasure Day...they're hosting an All Male Revue, featuring those dark-haired, dark-eyed Garahans from the Circle G Ranch. What they don't know is that Jesse Garahan has invited three of their NYC firefighting cousins to round out the line-up. The women of Pleasure, Texas have no idea what delights are in store for them.
So, as far as beginnings go for this writer, I'll be writing Jesse's story next and will be planning out which trilogy is next. I'm leaning toward their NYC Garahan cousins leaving the East Coast behind and coming out to Pleasure, Texas to start over. But then there are their Colorado cousins on their mother's side--the Justiss side of the family, all of whom are lawmen, but then I have these three sisters who have a broken down ranch and a deathbed promise to keep that have been bugging me to write their story.
This is so exciting, because as with all beginnings, the possibilities are endless!
Stop by my website www.chadmirand.com to read an excerpt from TYLER, the first book in my new series The Secret Life of Cowboys releasing March 1, 2011.
While you’re there, check out my current releases, A GIFT FROM HOME and THE SAXON BRIDE.