From Allison: I am THRILLED that Deb is back at Murder She Writes … Deb is one of my favorite writers and favorite people. If you haven’t read the Lucky O’Toole series, start now!
So, what’s new? Well, for starters, a new Lucky book hit the virtual shelves November 20th, LUCKY BREAK, the sixth novel in the series.
Six. I’m a piker when it comes to Allison, but I’m getting there—which surprises the heck out of me.
When I penned the first in the series, WANNA GET LUCKY?, I thought that was the only good story idea I would ever have! Write another? Much less six??? Nope, not happening. Then it did. It’s funny how you get to the end writing one story and the next is sitting there, beckoning, like a blond on a motorcycle. Climb aboard, let me take you for a ride. Never could resist a man on a motorcycle… or an interesting character begging me to tell her story.
So, I let Lucky and her friends take me for a ride and it’s been great fun.
Folks often ask me which is my favorite of the six. That’s like asking which of your children is your favorite. You love them all, but each of them have individual traits that endear them to you in their own unique way.
Of course, I love WANNA GET LUCKY? That’s the story that opened the door to the wonderful adventure of being a published novelist. But, I must say, this last book, LUCKY BREAK, is right up there.
When Lucky first hit the pages, she could kick ass in her professional life, but her personal life was a bit of a mess. Through the stories she’s had her whiney moments, but she’s learned and grown. As I have as a writer, I hope.
One of the many things I love about Allison’s Lucy and Sean series is how the characters have grown and developed as they’ve overcome obstacles and learned about life and themselves. To me, this is what attracts me to a series and it is a major goal of mine in the Lucky series.
The trick is keeping the characters true to themselves so everyone feels like the next story has the comfort of a visit with old friends, but also allowing the characters to learn and adjust… and hopefully grow… as our friends do.
This makes writing the series a bit more of a challenge as I need to not only know where the plot is going over the course… The original word I typed here was “curse”—best Freudian typo in a while. The best of all time was mistyping LUCKY STIFF as LICKY STIFF. Got me into all kinds of trouble—and the emails I received were classic, in a creepy sort of way. Anyway, I digress.
So, over the course of many books, not only do I need to know where the plot is going, but I also have to know what is going to happen with all the recurring characters. And sometimes they do things I never expected, which can throw the whole mess off on another track requiring a great deal of rerouting. LUCKY BREAK finds Lucky at a crossroads, to completely kill a metaphor. Teddie, her former lover and first real love is back. Jean-Charles, her current love is pressing for a commitment. And a youthful indiscretion is back for revenge. And, like Allison and her family theme in the latest Lucy book, I didn’t really see the theme in LUCKY BREAK until I had to write the jacket copy. Lucky has to deal with the fact that some people come into our lives for only a season, to teach us something. Others are there for the long haul. And others never should have been invited in in the first place☺
Lucky’s mistakes are waaaay worse than mine, though. Thank goodness.
Can Lucky forgive herself for her mistakes, and forgive others for theirs? And then what?
Ah, that’s all in the story.
Don’t for a minute think LUCKY BREAK is a touchy-feely story. There’s some of that, of course. Relationships make the story for me. There’s also a murder… or two…and several attempts. And this time, Lucky is centered in the crosshairs.
The past really can come back to haunt us… or to hunt us down. Fun stuff… in fiction 🙂
I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and I hope Lucky can add to your cheer!
My mother tells me I was born a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure—my mother can’t be trusted. These things I do know: I was raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food and beer. I am the author of WANNA GET LUCKY? (A NY Times Notable Crime Novel and double RITA™ Finalist), its five sequels, LUCKY BREAK, the latest and just out, and four between-the-books novellas. Currently I’m stretching my writer muscles working on a women’s fiction/contemporary romance series set in Napa, a dark thriller, a romantic suspense series featuring a female helicopter pilot, as well as the next Lucky adventure—all very different projects. So, if you see me with a glass of Champagne in hand, you’ll understand. I can usually be found at the bar, but also at www.deborahcoonts.com.