Follow That Bliss!I've got my edits back and while you're reading this, I'm hopefully happily getting this book ready for publication:
Thanks to everyone who offered to host me in the coming month. You guys are all awesome!
This book was a fun story to write. The hero of the story is young Tanner Coulter, the now grown-up son from the first book in the series, Past Due.
When I wrote Past Due, I never planned on writing a series. It was going to be a stand alone tale.
But once THE END was written, the middle child bad boy and heart-break accomplice of the Coulter Men was off on his own- licking wounds in Montana. He seemed sad. Misunderstood.
Then when that story was done, little brother Trip was shouting- Hey, what about me, lady? What am I? Chopped liver?"
So, Trip got a story.
And I was done. A three book, stand-alone series that was never meant to be a series in the first place.
But a funny thing happens with books and characters.
They feel like they belong to the writer, but that's a fantasy. We start it, but we don't finish it.
These stories belong to the readers.
And when I said- these stories are now done- time to move on. Fans of the Coulter Men asked for me. Honestly. I was ready for a fresh set of characters, so I balked a little. I reminded them that there were only three Coulter sons. Some suggested a long lost bastard child emerge. Well, that wouldn't work. Barbara and Charles Coulter were soul mates. To add another child to either of their back story would have ruined their love story.
Then it occurred to me. There was another Coulter. He just needed to grow up.
And he has...sort of.
I'm all about bliss following. That's why I write. That's why I'm sitting here typing up this blog post. I believe people should follow their heart and pursue what makes them happy. And no one is a better example of a bliss chaser than the nets own, Alex J Cavanaugh. Ninja by day, rock star by night- Alex knows that once you take care of business, the soul should get to play.
Way to go Alex!