With the release of The Vincent Chronicles on all major e-book distributors, I have turned my focus to editing and the full release of two other projects I finished last year. The first book, I Should Have Known, pays homage to many characters from my previous books. I think it’s the first book where I was able to actually connect all of my books into one universe. Granted that might not sound too difficult, but to make it work is a whole other matter. For me I wanted to show that all of these characters have the potential to interact and have intersecting story lines.
I got this idea after finishing My Shenandoah Love and Standing With God. Originally, I Should Have Known was going to be book four of The Vincent Chronicles, but instead I realized I wanted to go in a different direction. Reflecting on my relationship history and how it would be fun to reminisce on all of those experiences, I sought to create a lead character that was going through a similar situation.
As for locations, while I have a preference for New Hampshire, I returned to the Shenandoah Valley where I spent five school years teaching. For some of the character dynamics the setting fit better. I then began to reflect on a trip to the Crimea in my youth and the foreign destination came together. Throw in several years of learning Russian, and I decided William Prince is going to a Russian speaking location to find love. In a whirlwind two and a half weeks, mainly after work, I completed the first draft in September 2015.
After a year working on other books, it feels right to focus again on this project and to share my work with a larger audience. When that’s complete, I have a book titled A Second Chance where the lead character Esper Jones is a cousin to Hanna Jones from My Shenandoah Love. Not forgetting my roots, Esper lives on Manning Lake in New Hampshire and she has a history with the Tearel boys from The Vincent Chronicles. Again, I want my readers to see the connections, because that’s what life is all about. We learn from one another and so do these characters even across interconnected books.
I’ll update again when I know the official release for I Should Have Known. In the meantime, Running With Vince and Swimming With Angels are free. If I were you, I would in the very least read Swimming With Angels. You won’t be disappointed.
To new readers discovering this series I would like to explain that originally there was no plan to write Swimming With Angels or Standing With God. Running With Vince was meant to be a stand alone book, written as a fictional account on some of the events that happened with my twin's passing. It was only two years after the initial release of Running With Vince (2013) that I wondered what happened to the fictional Christian and Vincent. I wanted to explore how Christian's life changed after the passing of his brother and whether he moved on with his life. Swimming With Angels looks at Christian's mess of a life eight years later and Standing With God, eight years after the events in Angels.
The series is meant to follow the progression of Christian's life. We look at how he changes without the physical presence of his twin, and how their brotherly bond continues in a different, remarkable way.
I have spent the last six months focusing on my young adult fiction books and the Frankie Yandow brand. With those books gaining steam, I feel it is time to return to the fold of my adult fiction books. There's something more personal to these books for me and rewarding as I can relate to many of these tales. With that written, I hope to have two new books ready for release by spring. Stay tuned for more details!