Saturday, March 26, 2022

A Long-running Plan

This post was originally sent to my newsletter subscribers on March 20th. Join the mailing list to get the monthly newsletter sent every third Sunday, as well as a FREE short story: ONE NIGHT IN MANCHESTER, the thrilling prequel to DIRTY LITTLE SECRET released on May 31.

Following on from the exciting cover reveal, I am still buzzing with excitement from all the messages of support I was lucky to receive.

It seems you all love the cover and can't wait to get reading about Louise Miller and her first case as a Detective Constable in her hometown of Ossett. The fabulous cover design, Jayne, is now working on the cover for the second book in the series, FROM SORROW'S HOLD, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with.

And speaking of series, lets talk briefly about my plans for Louise Miller.

Not Just A One Off

When I started writing the book, I knew I wanted this to be part of a long running series, and not just a one-off story. As I got further in, a lot of story ideas started springing up and I wrote these down in a file which quickly became a document all of its own.

Characters, story threads, potential crimes to investigate, historical events of the time, cultural references; these all got jotted down and a story-arc that spanned not just a trilogy but a potential forty book series was developed, and a unique structure constructed.

The first story line is covered over nine books, starting in 1987 and ending in 1995. After that is a trilogy of books set between 1984-1986 when Louise first joins the force, and her time in Manchester as a rookie. Following that we will pick up Louise's story in 1999 with another nine-book storyline.

That's all I will say for now, but I wanted you to know I have BIG plans for Louise, Hines, Karla and the rest of the Ossett Station CID team.

Cheers

JP


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