Do you ever read certain types of books or particular authors that make you want to write certain stuff? I’m reading la Nora’s latest, the first in her Boonsboro Inn trilogy, and it’s making all these characters wake up in my brain. See, when I first got started writing, I wanted to be Nora. Well, really, who among us wouldn’t like to be Nora, with her amazing success and fanbase? But I mean I wanted to write books like hers. I cut my teeth on her romantic suspense, even love her contemporary romance. The only ones of hers I’m not nuts about are her very very early stuff that was technically category at the time just because they’re shorter and less satisfying to me. But I love her vivid characters, the families, the friendships.
Part of what that spawned after years and years of reading her work, were several towns of my own, peopled with all sorts of characters. I initially intended to brand myself with Mississippi based romantic suspense–Murder and Magnolias. And then I got bitten by the paranormal bug and haven’t really looked back much. But I still love those characters, love those towns. And every time I read a Nora, I want to revisit them. I wonder if Collin and Kensie ever took down the bad guy (because I totally stopped in the middle of their book). I wonder if Collin’s brother Seth is still a playboy or if he’s met the woman who’s going to knock him on his ass (whom I hadn’t decided on yet). I wonder if Marin and Wyatt have finished planning his Nanna and Pop’s 50th anniversary party. And whether Spence has gotten around to asking out Tate. If Tate’s finally ready to pull the trigger on opening her own restaurant. There are more of them. Many, many more, all hanging out in their town (Lawley) in the back of my imagination.
And for a long while, bookless they are going to stay. Unless somebody can find me a REALLY GOOD DEAL on a Time Turner. That makes me a little bit sad. because I love those characters. Ah well. Someday they’ll have their time to shine.