Ciao, amici! It’s been a long time since I did a WIP Wednesday post. And this one is going to be slightly different. It’s not a work in progress so much as a work in the past. More than one, actually. Let me explain.
Those of you who’ve been on this journey with me for a while know I used to write romance. Some leaned heavily into the suspense/thriller genre. I’d categorize Medici Protectorate in that way, with a supernatural element. Others, like Cathedral Lake, were lighter on the romance, focusing more on family relationships while the mysteries unraveled. Yes, I wrote a cozy (Mystery Heir) with no love story, but I also wrote two novellas that were strictly romances and a paranormal romance. (If you’re interested, you can peruse those titles here.)
Long story short (okay, not too short) I used to write romances. But I really loved the suspense part of my novels. And no matter what, I prefer character-driven fiction. So, here was my thought process—people may find themselves embroiled in a mystery, but they also had undeniable attractions. To craft realistic characters, I wanted to make well-rounded people who sought safety but also sought love. Aren’t those basic needs we all crave?
Over the last few years, I leaned more heavily into the suspense genre (with a brief foray into sci-fi). But I had a bunch of straight romance work sitting on my hard drive, languishing in folders I didn’t expect to ever open again.
Then I thought… why not? They’re just sitting there. Just because I’m no longer actively writing romances doesn’t mean I can’t publish the ones I wrote before. Especially considering I’ve been ghostwriting this year and don’t have a publishing credit under my own name. People might forget I even exist if I don’t drop something.
So, to that end, I’ve polished some of my “forgotten folders” work. If you’re a fan of clean romance, I think you’ll enjoy this series. If you’ve been waiting for my suspense titles, sorry. I licensed those novels to another author, so stories in that genre with my name on it will to have to wait a little while longer. But I promise, I am working on something that will be from me. I expect to start releasing in that genre in 2022.
In the meantime, maybe you’ll enjoy the Keystone Couples series. I’ll do a cover reveal for the first book in October. Until then, I’ll leave you with this snippet from the novella. Let me introduce you to our heroine, Piper Seidel, who is in for a run of bad luck.
Rick opened a folder on his desk. “How would you characterize your relationship with Tyler Mortensen?”
Uh-oh. “I don’t have a relationship with Tyler Mortensen.”
He sighed. “Piper, why do you have to make this more difficult than it already is?”
“I’m not sure what you’re referring to.” Except she had a sinking feeling she did.
“Did you have words with Tyler yesterday?”
“We had a discussion.”
“Did you call him… are you really going to make me say it?”
“Did he seriously file a report on me for an argument?”
“Which was it, Piper? A discussion or an argument?”
“He’s a hack, Chief. He doesn’t know his job. And he certainly doesn’t know mine. What did he say?”
“That you were verbally abusive.” Rick passed her the file.
While skimming it, she smiled. “That bit is colorful.” Then she chuckled. “That was creative.”
“What?” She passed the folder back to him. “Oh, come on, Chief. I’ve heard far worse for far less egregious infractions from other people.”
“Maybe. But those are one-offs when someone’s having a bad day. You do this to people all the time.”
“Not all the time.”
“I don’t think that’s true.”
“You just threw a bow into Gary’s bruised ribs.”
“That was a varsity limp for your benefit.”
“I don’t think so.”
“And it worked! Come on, Chief.”
“For the Best Faked Injury, the Oscar goes to—”
“Seidel!” He opened his drawer, retrieved a thick folder, plopped it on his desk. “This is your personnel file. There are more complaints in here than commendations. By a mile.”
“People are too touchy these days. Everyone wants a participation trophy. Everyone’s so PC. Can’t say anything that might hurt someone’s feelings. Remember when you had to earn an award? Remember when you had to have tough skin to be in this business? People aren’t cut from that cloth anymore.”
“You think you have tough skin?”
“I’m glad you feel that way. Because I’m letting you go.”
Piper’s perception of her luck (or lack thereof) is the driving force of this novella. More details to follow soon.
That’s it for me this time. Hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday. I’d love to know what you’re working on and how it’s going. Drop a comment below. Saluti!