As my long-time readers know, my publisher cancelled my Seven Deadly Sins series after two books. While some readers loved the supernatural thriller series, it didn’t find its audience — unlike my more successful crime thrillers. Publishing is a business — I get that — but I was still disappointed because I loved this series and I loved these characters. I put it aside and started the Lucy Kincaid series — which is still going strong. The 12th book, MAKE THEM PAY, will be out in March!
While writing these two books nearly killed my career — and I don’t say that lightly — at the time I began writing ORIGINAL SIN in early 2009, I was burned out. I had written 12 romantic suspense novels in a row — all over 100,000 words. While each was very different in terms of character and story, ranging from cops to FBI agents to writers to a former stripper; from serial killers to stalkers to human trafficking to eco-terrorism; they were still structured fairly similarly and I wrote many on very short deadlines. Don’t get me wrong — I love those books (and in fact re-read several of them over Christmas break because I needed to research some of my older characters for a potential story I’m writing) — but I felt stuck. I needed to do something to re-ignite the spark.