This train is moving too fast for me to step off. Yup, I’m deep into writing a series on a boutique funeral planner (FADEOUT and SWOON), and I’ll be writing a third book for sure (FAINT). Maybe a fourth. Most of you know by now that I conceived of the series after planning my own father’s funeral in 2005, striving to personalize my dad’s sendoff.
To the concept of boutique funerals, I added light suspense and a complex plot.
Mixed in romance, of course.
Roman is a definitely a keeper.
Introduced a cute, but mysteriously gifted Scottie named Elwood.
Gave my heroine, Jan Solvang, a fainting disorder and a few other challenges.
But here’s the thing. The topic is death and funerals, a subject most of us prefer not to talk about, much less plan for. My character builds her own obituary in her thirties, for heaven’s sake. She knows how to look death in the eye without blinking. Give her a room of grief-stricken people and she’ll turn sadness into celebration.
My heroine isn’t me. I have not written my obituary, updated my will, thought about a ‘ceremony,’ or made a decision on the ash/burial question. I am rendered mute by grief.
Am I alone with this…being courageous in my writing, but cowardly in my life? Will it take book three or book four to spark my growth arc?
This writer wants to know: Have you gained courage from your characters?
“Don't miss SWOON by Rolynn Anderson! If you like an interesting cast of characters, a heavy dose of mystery and a lot of fabulous surprises, you'll be happily turning pages late into the night.ˮ
~ Brenda Novak, NYT and USA Bestselling Author of WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES
Her dead clients won’t rest in peace.
When the dead tell tales, Jan Solvang’s first reaction is to RUN! But then she gets caught up in their mysteries.
Jan’s a boutique funeral planner, new to risk, hired to bury a missing woman and memorialize an infamous man. Yet when she digs for clues to write their eulogies, she disturbs family secrets and unmasks killers.
Roman Keller, hard-driving documentary writer, is in complete control of his life and his stories, until he falls for Jan, a woman who trusts her dog, her faint-dreams, and her instincts more than she trusts him.
Can they make the sacrifices necessary to cement their relationship or will the mayhem caused by the dead ruin their second chance at love?
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