Friday, June 8, 2012

I'm a Daydream Believer

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

When I was a kid, I used to get in trouble at school for daydreaming. (I suppose now it's called ADHD.) The honest fact is, I used to spend a lot of my waking hours thinking about the TV shows I'd watched the night before and who I would have made each story better.  I guess all that daydreaming served me well as training for my current career as an author.

I still spend a lot of time daydreaming.  It's how I get my ideas for the books I write.

At this time, I'm thinking about my next Victoria Square mystery.  Not the one I handed in almost a year ago (One Hot Murder, most of which was written during the scorching summer of 2011 and wont be published until February 5th, 2013), but the next one (to be published in 2014).

When I can't sleep at night, I find myself thinking about the teas my Victoria Square heroine Katie Bonner planned to serve her guests at the English Ivy Inn (from cucumber and cress sandwiches, to scones, cookies, and cakes), to the flowers in her cottage garden (cosmos, foxgloves, and plenty of old roses).  I've furnished the place hundreds of times--every bedroom, the parlors, kitchen, and dining room.  Even the gazebo in the backyard (which she had planned for weddings). 

I do the same thing for my Booktown mysteries, although not quite as much.  When I think of that series, I'm more apt to think about the characters opposed to the details of their surroundings or their hopes and dreams.  Tricia and Angelica have much different agendas than Katie.  Still, I'm getting geared up for the next book in that series (Murder On The Half Shelf, out July 3rd) and thinking about where the next book in the series will start and what will happen to the unfortunate victim.

So, what is it that you daydream about?