When is a Sequel NOT a Sequel?

When you’re a writer with a multiple-book publishing deal, you’re expected to follow through on your contract by delivering. Of, course. So, when is the sequel to your first book not a sequel?

In my case, the answer’s quite simple…but detailed.

I’d anticipated releasing my second book in the Marjorie Gardens Mystery series in time for the holidays. But wait…it’s already mid-August. So how much have I finished? I plead The Fifth!

Okay, so it was becoming painfully obvious to me I was never going to finish in time to have the title released for the holiday season this year. But wait, my little creative mind screamed, there’s so much Christmas stuff in it. It follows in succession to Dial QR for Murder. It’s perfect! It was time to put the girl to bed…and start again.

Currently, I’m working on another title for next summer’s release–while I finish the Christmas one. This gives me time to make the best cozy mysteries I  can without rush or mistakes. It also allows me to create a nifty newsletter for MyThugShot.com.

Sneak Peek at page 3
Sneak Peek at page 3

Lesson for today. Take your time (however long it takes) and do it right!

Published by A.E.H. Veenman, Author

My passion for writing began with a hunger for books from fellow New Jerseyan Judy Blume, and Nancy Drew mysteries. And each Saturday, a side dish of The Hardy Boys whet my appetite for hunting down clues and solving crime. Thus began a three-course menu for becoming a writer. For hors d’oeuvres, I sampled women’s fiction for a bit with novels, All Waters Gathering (2008) and Carruther’s Place (2011). It wasn’t until I realized murder should really be on the menu when the main course became my thriller, Barbecue (2011). My plate’s not quite clean of things that go bump in the night—plenty of horror and creepy thrillers in the works!—but one must always save room for dessert. Rich and sweet came Dial QR for Murder, the first Digital Age Cozy™ in the Marjorie Gardens Mystery series. And I haven’t reached the icing on the cake just yet! I couldn’t have enjoyed this feast of writing from my home in Holland without my husband and our daughter—to who I owe thanks for all their patience and compassion when (at times) I bit off more than I could chew! A.E.H. Veenman is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Crime Writers' Association (UK).

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