I have my contract for the two Tales short-story collections. I even have my nice advance. Marketing asked for cover ideas, so I sent them this, along with all of the pieces (high-res) to create something similar. Katherine (marketing manager) specifically asked for older Andi and Riley pictures. Thanks for helping me narrow it down to these two cover concepts. The background will probably change, as they have better pictures, so I'm very excited to see what they come up with. In the meantime . . . I need a little more help with a couple of the stories. (I know you guys have been awesome with sending ideas, and I've gone through them, so now I need a little more detail.) Keep reading!
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Story Ideas, Anyone?
My publisher has asked for at least TWO brand-new stories for each book. So far for Tales, I have decided to continue Andi and Riley's honeymoon in Yosemite (after the stagecoach gets robbed), and something unexpected and unfortunate (of course!) happens during their stay in the wilderness. I have a few ideas about that, but I'm open to anything that could happen while they are in Yosemite (I've got them getting lost as one of the things).
So, for the first Tales book, I'm also thinking of including a Rosa story (she's the only main character who has not "come back.") Someone suggested a Rosa story, but that is too general. I need specific ideas about a story with Andi and Rosa that includes either humor or danger.The first book takes place just over one year's time, so the story ideas are limited.
For Tales 2, I'm already deep into writing a brand-new story called "Return to the Glade." Remember that special spot Riley boasted he'd found (back in The Last Ride) and finally took Andi to in the first Tales book? (A Very Special Spot). Well, they (and Jared) are going back for an all-day lark and picnic. But when they show up, they get a most unpleasant surprise. Sorry, no spoilers on this one. I have it planned out and it's going to be a dilly. Can't wait to finish it!
For another story, I have a big time gap (since Tales 2 spans more time), so I was thinking of having an "Icy Adventure" up at Mirror Lake, when Andi goes along with Riley and a bunch of others to cut the ice for their summer ice supply (and ice box supply). But along with sharing fun anecdotes about what the Carters and their hired hands do, I need some kind of problem that comes up. Any ideas? (Andi's mother is watching Jared for this trip). It is set in February 1889.
By the way, come back tomorrow for Photo Friday. I'm having a giveaway. :-)