Do you buy an author no matter what genre they write, or do you buy each particular book based on the blurb?
I’m about to submit a proposal to my editor at Carina about a story I’ve got outlined and the first three chapters written. It’s inspired by a conversation in Texas Tangle a lot of people have commented on–the dinner scene with Gramma Barnett, where she reveals that her grandparents had been in a permanent threesome. The story I have planned would follow how the grandparents ended up in that arrangement. Which means we’re talking 1890s Texas–historical.
But I’ve also heard a lot of contemporary readers say they refuse to read historicals.
Which makes me wonder if instead of working on the prequel I should first work on a sequel, following Dillon’s brother Griffin. I’ve got an idea of what I want to do with him; I’ve even written the first chapter. I have a strong idea of the external conflicts and the direction the story can go. (For Texas Tangle fans, yes, Dillon, Brett and Nikki will appear, as will Gramma Barnett, Dillon’s parents Faith and Jackson who will all be embroiled in the fallout over D/B/Ns lifestyle decision.)
|This is Gandalf aka Merlin in Texas Tangle|
I still want to write the prequel, the characters are really talking to me. Actually they’re yelling at me lately for even considering delaying their story. (I don’t need a psychiatrist. Honest. Other writers will understand that statement.)
Mainly it’s a matter of timing — do I write the contemporary follow-up to Texas Tangle first, then the historical prequel? Or the historical prequel followed by a contemp sequel?
Which do you want to read?