Thursday, March 8, 2012

Guest Blogger Denise Swanson: Leap of Faith

by guest blogger Denise Swanson
Like a lot of people, I’m not a big fan of change. I think I must have been a cat in another life, because I really, really like routine. In other words, the status quo is my friend. So why did I decide to write a second series? That’s a good question and I’ve tried to come up with a good answer—mostly for myself since I’ve beat myself up about that decision almost every day since I sold the Devereaux's Dime Store Mysteries.

      Stick-in-the-Mud Denise asks, “The Scumble River series has been doing well, heck, you even made the New York Times Bestseller list, why in the world would you want to write an additional series?”
      Open-Minded Denise answers, “Because the Dime Store books offer me a chance to spread my wings and write about some edgier situations, while still keeping my same voice AKA writing style.”
     Insecure Denise demands, “But what if your readers don’t like Dev and her friends as much as they like Skye and the Scumble River gang?”
     Flexible Denise explains, “It's been both challenging and exhilarating to create a new cast of characters who I hope my readers will find as likable and interesting as the Scumble River gang. My goal is to continue to give my readers a satisfying mystery, but add a tiny bit spicier romance and more complicated family relationships. And come on, who doesn’t like the nostalgia that only an old fashion dime store can truly provide?”

     Apprehensive Denise whines, “What if the reviewers skewer you for writing something too similar to your original series?”
      Easygoing Denise clarifies, “Although there are parallels in both series—small town setting, quirky family and friends, and murder—there are also some big differences. Whereas Skye is a ‘good girl’, who has trouble saying no to her mother and wants to help everyone, Devereaux has spent time in the hard-nosed financial investment world and her only family is the grandmother who raised her after her father went to prison and her mother abandoned her.”

      Anxious Denise whimpers, “You aren’t going to quit writing the Scumble River series, are you?”
      Calm Denise enlightens, “While I’m thrilled to be writing the new Devereaux’s Dime Store series, I’m just as excited to be continuing the Scumble River series. In fact, the next Skye book comes out in September.”
      As you can see, making the decision to write a second series has not been an easy one for me. But I knew it was time to take that leap of faith and push myself to do more (or as the Army say, be all I can be). So it is my hope that Little Shop of Homicide will have something for every reader—mystery, romance, family dynamics, friends, and small-town living at its best.
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--Denise Swanson is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Scumble River Mysteries. Little Shop of Homicide debuted March 6 and is the first book in her new Devereaux’s Dime Store Mysteries.

22 comments:

Ellery Adams said...

Denise, I have definitely been where you - having a conversation with the many versions of myself.

Luckily for us, we know that not only will you balance both series well, but both series will be big=time winner!

Krista said...

Congratulations on your new series, Denise! It's very exciting. I'm sure your Scumble River readers will enjoy it every bit as much. Hmm, I'm dating myself by saying I remember the local Dime store from my childhood. I was very, very, VERY young. ; ) Dollar stores don't quite have that old fashioned charm, do they?

~ Krista

shannon said...

Congrats! I think it's great that you're spreading your wings as a writer and believe both series will be better for it!

Denise said...

Thanks, Ellery! As a psychologist, it worries me a little that I seem to have so many personalities. ;)

Denise said...

Thanks, Krista! I'm sure you were a mere babe in arms when your hometown dime store was around.

Denise said...

Thanks, Shannon! I sure hope you're right. It did feel good to stretch myself a little.

Ann Macela said...

Personally, I don't care if you have a whole shipload of personalities. You're a writer--so, what else is new? I am soooo looking forward to this book. Ever since you read the beginning at Lady Jane's Salon in Naperville, I have been thinking about how much fun it was going to be. See you Sunday!

Julie Hyzy said...

I loved "hearing" this argument between the two Denises. I'm right there with you. Congratulations on the new book. I know that with your amazing talent for spinning wonderful stories, this series is destined to soar, too!

Books by Heather said...

I cannot wait to read all about Dev and her family. I love your writing voice, so the more books the merrier!

Katreader said...

I really enjoy the Scumble River series and look forward to the Dime Store series. I love old time stores...we actually still have a few not far from where I live...much more cool than the dollar stores!

Denise said...

Thanks, Ann!

It was a huge relief when everyone at Lady Jane's Salon in Naperville seemed to like the snippet I read.

See you at the signing at the Bolingbrook B&N Sunday.

Denise said...

Thanks, Julie!

My fingers are crossed.

Denise said...

Thanks, Heather!

So happy you're doing the weekend book events with me.

Denise said...

Thanks, Katreader!

You are so lucky to have those old stores. The dollar stores just aren't the same.

Dru said...

Great post and I can't wait to read Little Shop of Homicide. It's next on my list.

Dru said...

I forgot to say Congrats on your new series.

Maureen Hayes said...

Loved your post! I think everyone can relate to the warring faucets of our personalities when we face a big change. I am certain that the new series will be a big success. I look forward to it and wish you all the best with it.

Denise said...

Thanks, Dru and Maureen!

Adrienne said...

I'm just wondering how noisy it gets in your head with all these conversations going on! I'm about to order my first book by you and I can tell I'm going to be a dedicated fan. By the way, I think as long as you can keep all those people in your head straight...you're still ok. I'm from Chicago but live far away and therefore miss all these wonderful events. Have fun!

Aurian said...

Congrats on the new series Denise, I hope it will give you everything you hope for :)

Denise said...

Thanks, Adrienne! It does get pretty noisy in my head, which is usually okay--I'm never bored. ;)

Denise said...

Thanks, Aurian! What a sweet wish.