Second Chance: The making of a contemporary romance series
I thought since I have a new series coming out soon, I would tell you how I came about to write a contemporary romance revolving around a diner.
I love diners. I love their food, their coffee, and the friendship and town unity that comes from hanging around these holes in the wall. I always had an idea of writing about a diner. For years, I thought it would turn into a book about diners and my critiques of them. That would be a fun gig, huh? Traveling around America sampling diner food. I’d be happy and a candidate for triple bypass within a year!
One day an idea hit. I wanted to write a mainstream women’s fiction book about a group of friends who routinely meet at a diner. Then the story was born. That was two years ago. The Cold Springs book didn’t start off quick. I started writing the mainstream when I realized about 50K words into the thing that I had no idea what I was doing. Characters were coming and going and none of it was making any sense whatsoever.
So I put the book aside, wrote a couple more historicals, but the idea for a diner book never left me. I had to finish this. I had to make this work. I loved the made up little town of Cold Springs too much to let it go.
So I did what I do best: I made it a romance. Why not? I could write contemporaries couldn’t I? I did after all write a paranormal romance series set in a contemporary setting (which are currently out of print but I will get them back out there to you someday, I promise!)
So Cold Springs, Book I, Second Chance was born. I’m finishing final line edits this weekend. Then I’ll announce the release date. I hope you like it. I have a lot in store for the people of Cold Springs, and Jean’s Diner that sits right in the heart of it.