I am in a quandary and I wanted to share it with y’all.
As those of you who follow me on FACEBOOK and TWITTER have probably seen, I have said a few things about A Santini in Love. Something hit me Wednesday when I heard a Billy Joel song, and I knew what the prologue would show the reader. It is something I am excited and worried about writing. Excited, mainly because I think Madison, the heroine in the book, is going to be a woman I will definitely admire. She’s tough, even after everything she has been through, and no matter how many times she falls, she gets back up and forges ahead. And, well, it is a Santini. Kind of hard not to be excited about that.
But, then, I am worried. First reason for that is because the book is much darker. I loved writing the first five Santinis because they were fun. Short novellas and lots of comedy. There were some serious moments, especially in Vicente‘s book and A Santini Christmas. But this one will deal in detail with PTSD and the ramifications to a person’s every day life. So, it is going to be much darker. At least, the prologue feels that way to me.
Why am I worried about that? A couple of reasons. First, I want to make sure I do the character justice. Madison Baker is…well, I think she might end up being one of my favorite characters. There is something about her that is pushing me to write this story. I had planned on doing the book this fall but I am really thinking I might not have a choice, but to write it now. Secondly, and just as important, I want to make sure the people who already love the Santinis are cool with this shift. I can’t say that it will stay that way, although Falling for a Santini is set to have some suspense in it also.
What do you say readers? How do you feel about a little shift? Of course, many of you wanted longer books and this one will be longer, more than twice the word count. So, let me know what you think.