Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Something New: A Fresh Start

It took three different plots before I settled on Joanna and Walter's story.  Before that, countless "one-shot" chapters and chapter variations, even different versions of characters, ages, settings, and so forth, took shape before Beautiful Chaos was published. 

Now I'm working on the second book in the series.  After a brief hiatus with the Clarksons of the Faith, Hope, and Love Collection, it's good to be back in Kentucky with the Markuses and Larkins. 

There were a good many driving forces behind the book: the opioid epidemic sweeping our nation, and the problems with assaults and freedom of speech college students face, especially, are focused on in the first book and will continue in the second book.  Perhaps on a more positive note, though!  We also see Joanna, whose character is torn by a broken family, learn how to grow despite many setbacks -- something very common in today's society as well. 

In the second book, I'm planning to explore the role of Christians in these situations -- with the hope of exploring and opening up communication about them. 

I've been writing this series while witnessing a lot of things in my college community and what seem to be the biggest issues young adults are facing.  I can't wait to get started on the blog series about book #2!  I had a lot of plans for this blog post, but there have been storms all day, especially as I'm writing this, so I think it's best to get it posted before the power goes out.  Again...!  We'll be covering a myriad of topics in the following Wednesdays, and I hope you're as excited as I am!

Have you read the first book?  What do you hope to see in the second installment?