Long and Short Reviews welcomes Candis Terry, whose newest book, A Better Man, the first book in her Sunshine Creek Vineyard series, released today.
To quote the song from Aladdin, “A whole new world. An new fantastic point of view.” That’s what every writer feels like when beginning a new series, even if leaving the previous series behind is bittersweet. When you spend so much time in a world you’ve created with characters who seem very real as you write their life journeys and love stories, it’s like walking away from old friends.
I lived in my Sweet, Texas series for five full-length books and three novellas. I know these characters as well as I know the ones who sit at my dining table on special holidays. So when it came time to say goodbye, yeah, I grieved. All you can really do is take a short break, have a ceremonial adieu, and let them go. Soon, you start to get antsy for the new series, the new characters, and the tasty dilemmas you plan to throw them into.
The trickiest part about starting a new series is to make sure you don’t repeat what you did in the last one. Your new characters must have their own set of challenges, their own way of talking and relating to one another. In Sweet, Texas, the Wilder brothers had a habit of calling each other a jackass when they did something less than brilliant. So now that I’m writing a new set of brothers in my Sunshine Creek Vineyard series, I need to be very aware that the Kincade brothers have a completely different way of dealing with each other.
And don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’ll never type those previous heroes’ names as you’re writing the new. Because you will. And you’ll only catch it in editing. And you’ll laugh. Hopefully.
My favorite part of starting a new series is getting down to all the details, aka research. I prefer to do boots on the ground research. For me it helps develop a better sense of the character’s surroundings and what makes each character unique. In my new series one of the brothers lives in a houseboat/floating house in Portland, Oregon. I’d never even seen a houseboat except in photos and in the movie Sleepless in Seattle. I was surprised that most are in gated type communities and that each one has a design different from any of the others. I stood on the shore looking at a bunch until I found just the right one for my character to live in. And since I’m now writing about a vineyard, you have to do a little wine tasting, right?
When building that whole new world, and gaining that new fantastic point of view, I like to be able to see things from the characters’ eyes. I want to know what they see when they walk out their front door. What kind of birds do they see and hear. I want to plop myself down in the middle of their world so that I really feel like I’m there, because I want my readers to feel that way too.
Ending one series and beginning a new is saying goodbye to old friends and hello to new ones. It can be a challenge, but the opportunity for discovery is always worth the effort.
In Candis Terry’s first novel in her Sunshine Creek Vineyard series, the handsome Kincade brothers convene to rescue their legacy-but the last thing they expect to find is love….
Sooner or later…
Hockey star Jordan Kincade wasted no time ditching Sunshine Creek for the NHL, but his sports career has overshadowed everything else-a truth Jordan confronts when his parents’ deaths bring him home. Now his little sister Nicki is flunking out of school, and only one teacher can help Jordan save her-the shy but incredibly sexy Lucy Diamond, the same girl whose heart he broke years ago. But he’s determined not to make the same mistake twice. If only Lucy would give him the time of day.
Love has a way of catching up with you.
Lucy has no intention of drowning in Jordan’s deep blue gaze again, even if he seems to have turned over a new leaf. Still, his devotion to his sister is impossible to ignore. As they team up to salvage Nicki’s future, Lucy soon discovers that Jordan’s sweet caresses and lingering kisses might just be everything she needs.
About the Author:Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.
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