I’m not going to lie to you. It’s been a tough couple of years for me, because about eighteen months ago, both of the publishing houses I was contracted with dropped my series. Ouch. It was partly the economy, I suppose, partly the changing face of publishing, but it’s hard to avoid taking it personally.
The good news is that I had time to write some things I really love. Time to take some chances and spread my wings. I started a romantic suspense series that I believe is the best thing I’ve ever written. I began a post apocalyptic story that’s different than anything I’ve done in the past, and, at the request of my agent, I sketched out a plot about a modern day woman returning to her roots on a ranch in South Dakota. As I penned this particular piece, I began having an obscene amount of fun. I got to combine my two greatest passions: horses and fiction.
Maybe it was that merging of passions that convinced Kensington Books to make me an offer. I don’t really know what kind of magic came into play here. But suffice it to say I’m pretty thrilled.
The first book will be released in November of 2012, with two books following at six months apart. (Here’s a photograph of myself on my beloved mare that I owned for 28 years. My editor would like to use it for the cover. We’ll know in a few weeks whether that becomes reality or not.)
The stories are about Casie Carmichael, but they’re also about the neglected kids and animals that wind up on the broken down ranch she’s inherited from her estranged father. They’re about caring, taking chances, and believing in yourself.
We originally called the series Cowgirl Academy but that’s already gone by the wayside. Now we’re trying to think of appropriate titles, the kind that induce cozy, contented emotions. So what I’m looking for today are words that evoke that safe, nurtured feeling. Words like home or hearth or…I don’t know exactly what I’m looking for. I’m drawing a blank and I need help. So if you get a chance, please drop me a word or two that captures that secure contentment we all yearn for from time to time. Or if you have any questions or comments about publishing in general, that’s great, too.
There’s an Amazon gift card in it for some clever commenter.
Merry Christmas, everyone!