My idea. My idea for a five books series. Its been stolen. Okay, not really. But that was my initial gut reaction when I saw the new Rose Harbor series by Debbie Macomber. I bought the book because I’ve liked other stories by Macomber but I also wanted to see how she handled this setting. I spent the first two chapters analyzing then got sucked into the story and finished the remaining chapters in one morning.
Then the doubt set in. Here’s the running monologue in my head:
Damn, she stole my idea!
No, she didn’t steal it, it wasn’t exactly original to begin with.
Ugh, there’s no way I could do as good of a job. People will think I’m copying her.
What was I thinking? There’s no way. I mean, our main hero and heroine have the same jobs!
Oh quit whining already. Didn’t you read somewhere that there are really only six major storylines and they’ve ALL been done already? How are you going to make yours different?
And that’s when the ideas started flowing of how to make mine different. Will it be better? Maybe. Maybe not. But it will be different. I was in the shower when my mind took off. (this happens so often I’m tempted to put a whiteboard in there). It got to the point that I had to stop and think if I’d remembered to wash my face. I really want to read the next book in Macomber’s series but I really wanted to get started on mine. I even went to purchase it, but the second one is only available in hardback right now and I want the paperback version.
Its going to take a lot of work. I’m pretty sure I’ll set it in a fictional town. I can use the surrounding landscape while still having license to create my own town.
While I plan to take some time off at the beginning of the year, I have a feeling I may start working on drawing my B&B and the town. Now, I just need to figure out where to set it.
Here’s where my readers can help. Is there a town you’ve been or lived where you’ve wanted to see a story set? Either a favorite vacation spot or your own home town? Give me ideas tow work with 🙂 Leave your suggestions in the comments. I’m curious to see what you all come up with.