Much as I love my California Romance series, I enjoy a short project that I can complete quickly, especially if that project is a story out of the norm of what I write.
Chasing the Tumbleweed was a project like that. I wrote it in three weeks in a chilly Montana December, using the remembered heat of the Nevada high desert to keep me warm. Because it’s a romantic suspense, I was able to change up the type of writing I was doing.
It was harder to write in some ways, because I had to maintain the tension without going too over the top. I also didn’t want to have an ending which was too predictable. Many of my readers have assured me I managed to pull that off.
We traveled through Nevada again this past summer. As always, I was on the lookout for ideas. This is what’s tumbling around in my brain for the next short story, based on things that I really saw this summer.
- A billboard on Route 80: “Help us find Patrick Carnes” with a picture of a nice old man. (Please keep Patrick and his family in your prayers as he’s been missing quite a while now.)
- An “everything” building off Route 80, with a bar, store, gas, post office, etc. A Fed-Ex driver, a young blond woman from Winnemucca, who mentioned she drives over 500 miles a day.
- Cute guys on motorcycles.
What would you do with this combination? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.
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