Now that the second book in my Discovered Truth Series has launched today, Avocado Flowers: From the Orchards of California to the Streets of Mexico, I’m going to share with you how I came up with the series idea. At least to the best of my knowledge and remembrance!
As a writer, you want to come up with the next best thing. The most exciting series idea ever! It’s a lot like creating a great television series, I suppose. But the fact is that you can’t force it. Sure, you can brainstorm and try to think of something spectacular, but all in the right time seems to be the way it works.
Like I mentioned in my last post, I wrote the first book in the series a few moons ago, because I just had to tell the story of the Zonians. I also frankly wanted to travel back in time to a very special place in history, which I was privileged to experience for a short, but memorable time.
And then came book 2 in the series, Avocado Flowers. I also had a burning desire to get that one written, but for different reasons. At the time, I noted a just below the surface real threat of human sex trafficking. That was a few years ago, though, and hardly anyone was talking about it. I knew that it would implode onto the scene at some point, though, and that all that bubbling below the surface would turn into the volcano that it has. My main characters, Alexa Kent, and “Macaw” Sam Elvia, had a story to tell and lives to save, and so they do.
It was when I had finished the books and hadn’t yet released them and was talking to my good friend and fellow magnificent writer, Sandy Woffington, about the fact that series had become popular, that I realized both novels were connected by the fact that they deal with real life, modern day problems—drug abuse and human trafficking. How about, I thought, a series linked with these themes featuring gutsy characters willing to risk it all to do what’s right?
It took some time to come up with the name Discovered Truth Series. In the end, though, I thought of it by brainstorming, and it just fit. These modern day challenges are indeed discovered truths by society and individuals.
I hope you enjoy both of the books! The third in the series is in the works and will be out Fall 2017. Crossing Borders: From the Beaches of San Diego to the Streets of Mexico.