Date Published: 2/13/2014
A simple phone call can change your life... just ask successful businessman Sullivan Chasen.
When the caller shares the news that Sullivan's father is dying, Sullivan laughs and hangs up. He isn't being heartless, he just knows that it can't be true - because his father already passed away... ten years ago.
Like a bad dream, the calls keep coming and DNA results turn Sullivan's world upside down. There is only one way, and very little time, to figure out the truth. He packs his bags for the small town of Ferry Creek, North Carolina.
Once Sullivan arrives, he must confront a past he never knew existed, including a half-brother who lives above their family diner. The longer he spends away from his wealthy lifestyle and successful business, the more he falls in love with the small town, its community... and waitress, Jess Winthorne.
Can Sullivan Chasen go back to his normal life after learning about his past or will he discover the missing piece of his heart in Ferry Creek?
Your Writing Process
My personal writing process varies on the project. For example, when I’m writing a Brothers of Rock book, I am so in tune with the books right now, I just start and run with it. The series is well over a year old and I have my own style within the books so they are really fun and easy to write. I keep a notebook handy and start taking notes usually about a quarter of the way into the book. I watch how the secondary characters set themselves up, helping to build the series into the next book.
With Ferry Creek, I knew this series was going to be big and each book was going to be big. There would be multiple storylines, a lot of characters, and an entire town to manage in my mind. That meant I started with a lot of notes and outlining. It took me a good month to prepare to write A Chance at Love. When I did, I followed the outline, added when I needed to, took away when I wanted, and kept the second book in mind. I planted plenty of ‘hints’ in A Chance at Love that would then play out in
Place to Heal. The same could be said for A
Place to Heal. When it came to write that book, I
followed the same process. I had a hearty outline and went with it. In the book
there are plenty of little hints that will place out in the third Ferry Creek
For my western series under my pen name, Claire Charlins, I write with a lot of research completed. Since the books are set in the 1800’s, I always try to be accurate.
I enjoy having a different writing process for each series because it keeps everything fresh and exciting for me. It’s almost like having multiple jobs, if that makes sense. I enjoy writing by the seat of my pants as much as I enjoy writing from an outline.