The tumblers fell in place yesterday morning. And I mean, perfectly in place.
I've been working on the first draft of the third novel in the Central Division Series, and at first I didn't feel the original plot was enough to hold through the entire novel. I added a second major plot to fill it out. My thought was to add a more realistic feel to big city investigators, juggling multiple cases (even high profile ones) at once.
As Arnold Schwarzenegger has said on multiple occasions in his movies: "Big mistake."
(insert smiley face emoticon or appropriate meme here)
As each of the major plots for the third story grew, I quickly realized I had two novels in my hands. Not just one.
I thought a lot about the major thriller novels, movies, and TV series, and how they were set up. I realized that to pack so much in would be . . . well, a mistake. It would confuse the readers, something I don't want to do.
So, what was once one novel is now two.
I'm about 8,000 words into the third novel, which will have to be dissected now that I have to take the second story line out. No worries. I'm very excited for the change.
In the meantime, both of the novels in the Central Division Series are available at all major ebook outlets. Here is a link to my website, which has retail links to places from Amazon to Google Play.
And interesting sidenote: here is a recent Washington Post article about the small-town where I currently live. Very well-written, and an eye-opener for many.