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I live in a quiet, historic town where the only exciting things to happen occur in books. Most days, you can find me with a cup of tea in one hand, hunched over my laptop as I write, read, or research.

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WIP Watch: The Idea

I’m the sort of writer who is inundated with ideas. I know that I will never have enough time to write all the novels I dream up. Choosing which one is sometimes one of the hardest decisions I will make.

I’ve gotten better at saying, “NO,” if I’m in the middle of writing a book, but once that book is complete, I often find myself adrift. Sometimes, the solution is simple. The next book in a series is created around the type of people that I want to feature in that series, and choosing who gets their book next is only a matter of looking at the characters I’ve introduced and choosing from that list. If I already know who I want to feature in that series (in the case of Rose, Francine, and Mary in the Ladies of Passion series), it gets even easier. Unfortunately, at the moment I’m at a unique moment.

October 20th marks the end of the Scandals and Spies series. Although Mary’s book (Ladies of Passion, Book 3) won’t come out until next spring, I’m putting the final touches on edits as you read this. I can’t say I expected to finish two series at once. Leighann and I have begun the Lady Katherine Regency Mysteries, which will consume part of my writing time for the foreseeable future. What, however, do I write on my own?

I want a project that is fun, something that stands out, a hero and heroine that I won’t mind writing, editing, and proofreading a thousand times before the book comes out. I want to write something that challenges me so I will grow as a writer and the next book will be even better.

Those ideas are clamoring, series begging me to start them to fill the void of the Ladies of Passion series. Do I write another historical romantic comedy? A historical romance with suspense elements, like the Scandals and Spies series? A historical cozy mystery? I admit, all of these ideas are calling to me, so I’m searching for outside help. You can vote in this poll to tell me which genre you’d like to see from me next. On Monday, I’m going to tally the votes, make my decision, and start the preparation!

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