I know, yesterday I talked about mornings… but this post is going to be about my Nights Series that I’m writing.
I have no idea how many books there are going to be in the Nights series, just that I know that each book is going to be a stand-alone novel with the same central cast of characters, and always in a different location. As a lot of you know, Tijuana Nights is already written. The next book, Venetian Nights was planned about two years ago, and has now been started… I’m a couple of thousand words in, and it seems to be shaping nicely to start with – and that’s always a good thing. I can’t wait to get it written! This coming long Easter weekend, I’m hoping to really get into it a bit – time permitting.
I’m pretty sure the next book after that is going to be called Parisian Nights, and I have started to jot down a few ideas about the plot, and I’m thinking it could be a fun one to write.
To give you some idea of what these books are about – Mack, my central character – used to be a historian, until she hit some serious financial difficulty. River and Chase, a duo of trained assassins – with their geeky sidekick – Gabriel, offered Mack the opportunity to make some fast cash if she helped them out on a job in Tijuana. Without too much forward thinking, she agreed.
And so, Mack’s story begins with Tijuana Nights, as she delves into the world of assassination, Mexican Cartels, and a whole lot of trouble.
You see, to begin with when I had the idea to write a series of standalone novels, I wanted them to be fun, and smart, and thrilling and witty. But as I have written the first book, and delved into a heap of research about the Cartel operations all over South America, I really wasn’t finding it witty or funny. The Cartels have some serious business going on, and to be frank, it scared the crap out of me. And so, I made it so that Mack loses quite a bit of her snark throughout the book as things got more and more serious.
I think that there are moments where you have moments of wittiness, and moments for seriousness. That is going to be the challenge in these books – maintaining that balance.
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I’d like to start a series like this (i.e., standalone novels with a recurring central cast) sometime. In fact, I have an idea, and even a couple of novella-sized works that would be a start. I hope to work on that soon. Your series sounds interesting, Leigh. I can understand your dilemma, trying to make the story humorous while dealing with something as heavy (and scary) as a Mexican Cartel.
All the best to you! 🙂
And I think you should write a series of standalones. I really love it. Book two is now being written, and it’s fantastic, as a lot of the character development stuff is already done, and it’s just a matter on lightly brushing over what has come before.
Good luck with the series. It sounds entertaining. Has Tijuana Nights been published yet? Where is it available?
Nope, not published yet, but I’m hoping to release it in the next few month after a good solid revision, and of course a professional edit 🙂 but I’ll definitely keep everyone up to date with progress and dates!
Good luck Leigh!
Thanks Liz! 🙂