The Fun or Not so Much Fun of Writing Two Series

Some of you may know that I write two series: the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series and the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series.

I'm right in the midst of promoting Dispel the Mist the latest in the Tempe Crabtree series. I'm giving in person talks, selling at book and craft fairs, presenting at writers conferences. All this month I'm doing a blog tour which means each week day I'm visiting one or more blogs for interviews and various other presentations. I hope some of you have visited one or more of the blogs.

While all this is going on, I'm finishing up another Rocky Bluff P.D. novel. No, not the one that will be coming out the beginning of next year. I just saw the cover for the new book, Axe to Grind, and it's terrific. My publisher, Oak Tree Press just asked me to come up with a 300 character blurb. That is really difficult to get the essence of the story into such a short blurb.

These series are very different. The Deputy Tempe Crabtree series always centers around Native American issues or legends and some might call them cozies and told mainly from the POV of Tempe.

The Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series is from the POV of several members of the Rocky Bluff P.D. and their family members. The crimes are usually more brutal and the focus is on what happens on the job affects the police officers' families and vice versa. Though the language is mild, the stories are usually darker.

Because it is a small department, they don't have all the wonderful equipment of a large city police force, so much of their investigation is done through footwork and old-fashioned investigation techniques. And as I tell my police officer friends, it's my police department and I can do it anyway I want.

Does it get confusing? Yes, at times. I have to focus on the story I'm writing or promoting at the time because they come from two different places.

While all this is going on, it is now time for me to start on the next Tempe Crabtree mystery. I have some ideas, but nothing concrete as yet. It's time I got busy.



Wow, look at you go, Marilyn. I'm wondering, if my interested publisher accepts my fantasy series, how I'll do writing book two while editing book one. Not to mention dealing with promotion. I can't imagine having two series on the fly at the same time.

Janalyn Voigt(WaySinger)

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