Doing things the second time is easier than the first, right? The second time around, your brain retains the memory of the first time and everything just flows better...right?
Not always so in writing.
When I began to glimpse the phenomenal response to The Selkie, the first in my Orkney Selkies series, I knew I had to create stories for Calan's flirty brothers. They barely appeared in the first book, and yet each reader seemed to gravitate to one brother or another, just from small mentions. I was thrilled and excited that these men elicited such responses! It became clear to me that I had to tell Machar's ("Call me Mack") story next. There was something in him that just called to me. Selkie's Revenge was born.
I began to plan the book and was immediately struck with my dilemma. Calan Kirk was a larger-than-life character in some ways. He used Orkney words and was a wonderful flirt and possessed the unique qualities that make selkies such astounding lovers. With Mack, I needed him to have some of the same traits but was desperate not to regurgitate Calan back onto the page. I needed Mack to still have that Orcadian charm, but to also be his own man.
He also needed to have a different journey to love. Calan's journey was fun and buoyant, filled with laughter and need. When I first thought of Mack's heroine Beth, it became very clear that his journey wouldn't be the same as his brother's. Oh, I've still tried to inject it with lightness, especially in shedding more light on a couple of the brothers, but Mack's tale is a darker one. He and Beth walk a more introspective road. They know grief and heartache, and need to learn to surrender to each other. For Beth, this is especially hard. Oh, we still have some smokin' sex, but this is not a couple that falls into bed immediately with each other. There are obstacles in the way.
In short, I hope all the readers who embraced Calan will also love Mack and that they will respond to his journey as well.
Selkie's Revenge will be available at www.lsbooks.com on July 15, and at all ebook outlets. In the meantime, you can add it to your TBR list at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18076055-selkie-s-revenge