Publisher: Soulmate Publishing
Ten years ago, I quit my job and took a week to pound out the story occupying my sleepless nights. One of my delightful, intelligent sons struggled in school--a ‘would he graduate’ scenario. In order to calm my brain while lying in bed, The Hitman’s Mistake emerged. My son did graduate and after implementing tools from umpteen classes, workshops, and critiques, publishing happened for me. During the long gap, I took a different job, wrote six more books, and kept rewriting HM. The title morphed from A Man, A Mule, and A Mountain of Trouble, to Inconspicuous, to The Hitman’s Mistake, but the core story and characters never changed.
I live outside Seattle in a suburban/rural area. A neighbor pastured his hunting mule and horse nearby, and he kindly facilitated horseback rides for a birthday party we hosted for a young Irish girl. Big Red stood about sixteen hands, but carefully monitored the little kids and nuzzled their hair. The novella I’m currently writing tells his backstory, as fictionally portrayed in The Hitman’s Mistake. Yes, the mule.
My editor suggested I create a giveaway short story for my newsletter readership and after brainstorming characters from HM, she suggested Big Red. “Hmm,” I pondered. “Oh, and it has to be a thriller,” came her reply. Work continues on the temporary title, Romantic Mule Thriller. I tease that I’ll be crowned the queen of mule-lit, but in reality, each story in my first series, Love Thrives in Emma Springs, contains an equine character. Wonderful Soul Mate editor, Sharon Roe, purchased Virtue and Vengeance, the second book in the series with a mini horse, and it’s due out in October. Hopefully, we’ll team up on the remaining four, featuring my Quarter Horse, a zebra, a retired police horse, and a pony.
I’d love to hear comments about the second series I’ve begun writing. Instead of a rural Montana backdrop, this group of romantic suspense stories delivers a scientific twist. The first book, A Disturbing Departure, finds a reporter and a movie star, estranged friends and both reeling from betrayal, reuniting to foil a plot to destroy the US power grid by a solar power zealot. Too many stories, too little time. Happy reading and please know, authors love your reviews. Sally.