When I first set out to write the Big City Heat series, I had an idea in mind. A firefighter would meet a single mother who couldn’t stand him and they’d fall in love despite the obstacles.
Alex was never supposed to be a firefighter and her husband Mike was never a part of the original game plan when I started out.
In the beginning Chance didn’t have any money and was an eternal bachelor. I had him pegged for a love them and leave them kind of guy, except when it came to Alex of course.
The morning I sat down to type, Alex kept insisting she was a seasoned firefighter to the point where that became the opening scene. Suddenly, my characters took me in a completely different direction than I’d ever intended.
All of my ideas were thrown to the wind as the characters practically wrote themselves. A couple of times I had to reign them back a bit to get to the plot points I wanted to hit, but they even derailed and changed a few of those through their shenanigans.
Things I wanted to happen in the story didn’t happen, but some things I never expected showed up on the page. Love is a many splendored thing and so is writing.
I love writing stories like this serial because it’s not only the readers who get surprised. I do too. That doesn’t always happen, but when it does I’m excited to find out what’s going to happen next.
I could have kept the story to my original idea, but I think it would have been stifled and stiff if I hadn’t let the characters take their own direction. Sometimes it’s fun to play follow the leader and let them take over a story and in this case it worked out.
Thank you all for reading the series. I hope you enjoyed the characters as much as I much as I have. The third and final book, Ring of Fire, will release on April 21st. You definitely want to miss this one!