posted on October 18, 2019 by Linda O. Johnston


As a novelist, I’m used to plotting. And not just stories. I also plot how to let the world know about them. I plot my life, as much as possible. And more.

So here I am now, at Writerspace, posting this blog about plotting.

That’s largely to let the world know about my latest upcoming release, Colton 911: Caught in the Crossfire, a Harlequin Romantic Suspense novel. It’ll officially be published in November, which isn’t far away.

For those of you who are familiar with the Harlequin Romantic Suspense Colton series, it’s an ongoing, enjoyable series about the really large Colton family, which has members all over the country–and they all seem to get involved with difficult situations in their lives, which can include murders and other crimes. And since they’re romances, in each story a member of that family gets involved in a relationship. Colton 911: Caught in the Crossfire involves cattle rustling, among other suspenseful situations. It’s my first story about a member of that amazing family, and it won’t be the last. I have another one coming out next year. And additional Harlequin Romantic Suspense stories as well.

So, yes, I’ve been busy plotting romances, although the stories about Coltons were well planned before I started writing them.

I’m also plotting more writing. As I’ve mentioned before, my mystery publisher is no longer in business–so I’m plotting how I can write more mysteries for a different publisher.

I’m plotting my own life, too–visits with family, travel plans, how best to obey my dogs as they give me orders… the usual.

I enjoy plotting in all ways. My mind is always at work on one plot or issue or story in one way or another, whether or not I tell it to. My subconscious and I are best friends.

Do you plot your life? How? Do you enjoy doing it? Do you have any secret ways you’ve learned to plot?


Linda O. Johnston

Linda O. Johnston

Linda O. Johnston, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, currently writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. Her stories include the upcoming Shelter of Secrets miniseries and the K-9 Ranch Rescue miniseries, as well as stories for the HRS ongoing Colton series. She also writes mysteries, which have included the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery Series and Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink, and the Pet Rescue Mystery Series and Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime---with more to come. And nearly all her current stories involve dogs.

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