I was in the process of finishing up Sicker, Sicker, Sickest, slated to be released this summer. I was pleased with the story and thought I had constructed an ending that would leave the reader satisfied. But there was this one, a forensic psychologist and profiler who decided the ending I'd chosen wasn't sufficient. So she started to speak and insert her ideas into the plot line. Well, if you follow me on social media, you know I am a panster. I like to write by the seat of my pants, letting the characters drive the plot and determine when the story has reached it's conclusion. The most I will do as far as sketching out a story is to do character development, a lot of research, before and during the process and character sketches. Well, Chloe Daniels was not one of the characters that I'd sketch.
But I was not a reluctant writer. If she felt she had a story to tell and wanted to use me as the vessel by which the story came through, I was more than willing to let her have some say. Now this is the kicker. After I wrote her in to Sick, Sicker, Sickest, she didn't stop talking. Dr. Daniels had a lot more she wanted to say. I kind of liked her so I relinquished what would have been my authoritative writer position and bent my ear to see what else she had to say.
Turns out, Dr. Daniels has been a blessing in disguise. It was my every intention to have Sick, Sicker, Sickest be a standalone novel. I know, I know, so many of my reading family like series but I really wanted to combine the kind of books I put out, some series and some standalone and from the beginning SSS was to be standalone datgummit!
Okay, so what's the blessing? I have had a couple of story ideas that have been constantly pushed to the back burner. I knew what the general idea of the story was about but even in my ideas I'd boxed my self into a corner because resolution to the dilemmas the characters would get themselves into were not resolved. I could get them into trouble but I hadn't figured out how to get them in. In comes Dr. Daniels and she told me she was my resolution. When I allowed her words to seep into my mind and work through some of the older story lines with her in the mix, things really started to come together.
So here is the tee on Dr. Daniels. She is going to be a recurring character; a fixture in several previously determined standalone novels that will be summarily linked together because of her presence. The second story, a totally unexpected project, is where you will get a chance to learn more about Chloe Daniels, a host of new characters and a few visitors from SSS.