by Lauren Linwood
I walk five miles a day and get some of my best plotting done then—but I’m sure when joggers or bikers pass me, they have to wonder about me since I’m usually muttering under my breath. I love to test out dialogue or toss out ideas and then negate them or improve on them. I have passed people on the sidewalk, smiled and waved at them, yet it didn’t register with me because I was far, far away with knights of old or sheriffs in a small western town or pursing a serial killer.
If people scrolled through my computer’s search history, they’d probably hit a panic button and want me arrested. Besides finding sites for medieval customs or undergarments worn by post-Civil War women, they’d also see research on psychopaths vs. sociopaths and various ways to kill people.
Yes, writers can be strange!
We writers do hear voices in our heads. When I have an upcoming scene to write, I start hearing phrases from my hero and heroine, wanting to jump the gun and put their two cents in before I start typing away at their dialogue on my computer.
What I’ve really had to handle lately is juggling different sub-genres in my head. I started out writing historical romance, balancing medievals with westerns. Then an idea came for a romantic suspense. Lipstick Larry would not hush up until I started writing Leave Yesterday Behind. After that first romantic suspense novel, I returned to writing my beloved historicals.
And the noise only got louder in my head. From another, even more twisted, killer.
So in March, you’ll see Illusions of Death come out, my second romantic suspense effort. The Rainbow Serial Killer (aka Roy G. Biv) thinks he’s smarter than anyone on the planet—until he comes up against crime writer Karlyn Campbell and small town detective Logan Warner.
I’ve enjoyed throwing the occasional suspense book into the mix, but wouldn’t you know it? The medieval people start demanding more time!
After nine standalones, they got their way—and I kick off my first series in April. The Knights of Valor begins with Geoffrey de Montfort’s story in Word of Honor. He meets his match with the lovely and intelligent Merryn Mantel. I came to adore this couple, and the terrific thing with a series is that Geoffrey and Merryn will be seen in the five romances that follow. Sometimes they’ll play a small role, while other times they’ll be “on screen” for more of the action. These two will get to see other grand romances play out, as I bring new heroes and heroines together.
Though it can become confusing at times, I’ve enjoyed getting to write in various sub-genres of romance. Wait . . . is that an idea for a western series starting to take shape in my brain? And I’ve just written my third romantic suspense, so . . . could I turn that book into a series?
I’ll let the voices dueling for attention in my head lead the way!