I just finished revisions on my last - whew! - Mirabelle Island book this past Monday. Number seven. Wow.
I'd like to say that I had this entire series planned out from day one. That all seven books had been plotted and outlined and analyzed down the the last detail. Unfortunately, that's not the case.
I'm one of the most unorganized people I know and I still think of myself as a relatively newly published author, so the fact that I actually managed to hold together a seven story series totally surprises me. Even more surprising, though, is that I never intended on writing a series in the first place.
The whole Mirabelle Island thing started with an idea for just one book. That proposal got rejected. So what did I do? Hehehe. I turned that darned thing into a three-book proposal, all of the stories set on Mirabelle. Yeah, I know. Risky? Stupid? Stubborn? All of the above?
Before I knew it, three books led to an idea for a fourth. People seemed to be liking the whole Mirabelle Island thing, so five, six and seven seemed to naturally flow from the characters introduced in the earlier stories.
Seemed to naturally flow ...
See that's the part of this whole writing thing that feels entirely magical to me. I have no idea how it is that the island doctor in book 1 was getting ready to retire, leading the way for a new doctor and book 6. Why did Garrett Taylor in book 2 whisper in my ear that he had three brothers? Because, of course, that opened up a story for one of those brothers to come to Mirabelle for book 5.
I have no idea how I managed to create a world that could support seven stories. Well, at least I hope it supported seven stories. So I have to believe there's just a little bit of magic in all our writing.
Finishing that last story on Monday was bittersweet. On one hand, I was experiencing some island fever and it felt like it was time to move on. On the other hand, I've been living on Mirabelle, in my head at least, for the last four years, so there were definitely a few tears as I stepped onto the ferry to the mainland and left Mirabelle Island behind. At least for now.
Writers ... what have you found the most magical about your own writing?
Readers ... what's the most magical part about your favorite romances? The characters, the settings, the ending, the beginning? The sex?
Numbers 5, 6 and 7 in my Mirabelle Island series will be out in July, August and September of 2011 and if you'd like more details, please check out the Upcoming Releases page on my Website!