One Book Down, On With the Next
Yesterday, I received the edits for my latest Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery, went over them, accepted some, made other changes, then sent it off to my new publisher, Aakenbaaken and Kent.
That means, I really have to get busy on the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery. I'm really behind on having it done. I'm on the third chapter.
No, I don't have an outline, but I do know what direction I'm headed. I have a title and a new setting.
The location of this mystery is Tehachapi. It is a place I'm familiar with, but for some details I need, I'll have to make a road trip and check the town and its environs out again.
For those of you not familiar with Tehachapi it is a mountain community. If you're headed through Bakersfield to Las Vegas, you'll need to drive through Tehachapi. There are two notable features there--the famous Loop, where a long freight train will meet itself coming and going as it takes a circular route around a sizable hill. You might miss that, but you can't help but notice all the railroad tunnels that burrow through the mountainsides.
And as you continue on, you'll see the mountainsides covered with enormous wind machines. As it is often quite windy in this area, this is a perfect place for them.
Tehachapi has an interesting history, some of which I plan to use in this new story.
I do know some of the characters I plan to have in this new book: Tempe and Hutch of course, and there will be a return appearance of Lorna Collins, the ghost hunter. Because Madeline Gorness won the "privilege" of having a character named after her in the next Tempe mystery, and her namesake will have an important role.
It's always exciting to be embarking on a new mystery.