Every month or two my brain gets hijacked by Lorelei McIllhenney. She’s the series heroine I’ve got on the backburner until such time as I feel I’m ready to write a series that follows the same character through several books. This is very much NOT what I typically do. I write series, yes, but I write them where each book has its own couple and their romance is resolved.
Lorelei is having none of that. You see she’s a hereditary kitchen witch (but doesn’t know it) who lives in the buckle of the Bible belt in Mississippi. When her grandmother dies suddenly (in the first book), she finds out that she’s inherited a lot more than Gram’s house. Suddenly she’s dealing with all sorts of paranormal people and creatures she never knew existed–and now that Gram is gone, they all expect HER to help. It’s a struggle, one that gets even harder when her jerk-off boss fires her because “the freak parade” keeps interrupting things at the office (no no, this is a different crappy boss from my past). Throw in her Great Dane familiar (she’s allergic to cats), helping her BFF out of a wedding crisis when the caterer quits, trying to keep her secret and ignore the feelings engendered by her sexy lawyer neighbor who has a soft spot for ugly dogs (his is actually a hellhound), and adding in the fact that she doesn’t think Gram died of natural causes, and she just can’t be contained in one book.
I’m excited about the series. It’s been kicking around in my brain for a couple of years now. Everyone I mention it to loves the concept. But I’m just not there yet in terms of ready to write it. As I said, every month or two Lorelei hijacks my brain and starts talking to me, revealing a little bit more each time, but not yet locking down and saying “Write me, damn it!” God help me when she does.
It’s the kind of series that practically DEMANDS to be written in first person. And that’s something that makes me balk. I haven’t written in first person in years, not since early college. I see so many people do it BADLY (and I was absolutely one of them), unable to go more than a sentence or two without using “I” or “me”. Excessive pronoun use pulls me right out of the story. A lot of the YA authors I read do it really well. Maggie Stiefvater springs to mind. I personally don’t feel comfortable in first person. And the idea of being limited to one viewpoint for the duration of a series makes me twitchy. I LIKE third person, and I LIKE rotating viewpoints.
Pot made the very sensible observation that I should just sketch something out and see where it takes me. She’s right, of course. She usually is.
Q4U: Do you have a POV preference? Which one and why?