Progress on Running with a Stranger

I’ve recently passed the 50,000-word mark on the new novel in the Kinner Springs Ghost Mystery series, and I thought it was time for an update.

This second novel in the series is proving a little more difficult. And I think that’s all right. The story has taken a much different turn than I first imagined when I plotted the story out at the beginning of the year.

I like to focus on the character arc of a novel almost as much as the plot. For instance, when I wrote Bring Laura Back, I felt the important meat of the story centered around Mark Sullivan’s struggle with “becoming an adult” almost as much as it did with his solving the mystery around Laura.

In Running with a Stranger, Jason Miller is confronted with his own challenges that weight him down almost as much as the challenge he faces when a certain ghost appears in his life. An outwardly successful man, inside Jason is wracked with the pain and guilt of tragedy. His marriage to Mary is distant and strained. He’s losing focus in work, the one thing that’s brought him fulfillment and helped him deal with the tragedy.

He needs closure he fears he’ll never receive. He needs to get back on track with what’s most important to him–his relationship with Mary.

And I think I’ve found the perfect way for him to do this. Only, it comes in the form of a ghost with a dangerous request. A request that will turn Jason’s life upside down, will make him question the reality around him in the small town of Kinner Springs, and just might come close enough that he joins the ghost he’s trying to help.

But it took me a while to find it. Hopefully you’ll agree with me–it’s important Jason gets his life back. Helping the ghost will be a bonus.

Now, back to writing. Thanks for reading and supporting my work.

 

 

Bring Laura Back – New Novel Now Available in the Amazon Kindle Store

Mark and Rachel Sullivan move into their first home together. It’s the end of spring with summer just starting. And the eclectic bedroom community of Kinner Springs, just a short drive west of Nashville, looks like the perfect place for them to settle down and start a family.

Then their first weekend living there, both come awake in the dead of a Sunday night to find three teenagers breaking into the utility shed in their back yard. What seems at first a relatively harmless intrusion by a group of kids needing a hangout soon escalates into something more sinister.

One of the kids—a lithesome, mischievous, teenaged girl—comes back. And she’s apparently come back to trouble Mark.

In his quest to find out who the girl is and what she wants from him, Mark is forced to confront a question even more troubling—what happened to her? For this girl isn’t all she seems to be.

Before the summer is well underway, Mark realizes he must solve the answers concerning the girl on his own. To protect his wife Rachel, to keep the Kinner Springs PD at bay, and to start the simple life he and Rachel dreamed their new home in Kinner Springs would give them.

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