Today I’m thrilled to welcome back author Ane Mulligan as she shares insights into her writing process during her latest release in Coming Home — A Tiny House Collection.
Have you ever had something completely off-the-wall capture your imagination? That’s what happened to me when I saw the first TV show about tiny houses. I love the idea of being able to take your home with you when you travel. And I love to travel. I know it’s the romantic in me, and I could probably adapt quite well to one. After all, I spend hours a day, working in a small space, while my imagination takes me worldwide.
When Mayor Steve Edwards asked, “When are you going to place a book in Sugar Hill?”—I decided I’d put my fascination with tiny houses into the book … sometime. I still had the last two books in my Chapel Springs series to finish. Then some of my writing pals brought up the idea of us doing a novella collection together. So I tossed out the idea of making a tiny house the unifying element.
They asked questions; I sent them links from a tiny house newsletter I get. We shared photos back and forth of the ones we liked. Within a short time, all were onboard. We wrote blurbs for our projected stories and came up with a title: Coming Home ~ a Tiny House Collection.
I took my story idea from an episode of Tiny House – Big Living about a traveling nurse, who was tired of closing up her place and renting on the road. She was buying a tiny house so she could take it with her. I should have done more research on the job of a traveling nurse rather than on tiny houses.
I’d already started working on my outline, when a plot point took me to my critique partner’s daughter, who’s a nurse. My idea of what a traveling nurse did and what they actually do wouldn’t work for my story. Terrific.
Here it was, my idea. All my writer pals had their stories finished or nearly so. Me? I was at the starting gate without a horse. So I did what I always do in this spot. I call my critique partner Micelle Griep. A short time of brainstorming and we were on to something. Michelle’s mind works so much like mine—or maybe it’s because we’ve been critique partners for 13 years. Whatever, it works.
The city motto for Sugar Hill is “the sweet life,” so naturally, I titled my novella Love is Sweeter in Sugar Hill. And while it gave me fits in the beginning, it worked out in the end to be a sweet romance.
Love is Sweeter in Sugar Hill, by Ane Mulligan
She has a tiny house. He lives in a mansion. She vows to charge a doctor with malpractice. His job depends on that doctor’s finances. Will love find a way?
Kayla’s Challenge, by Linda W. Yezak
She was one “I do” short of marrying the man her pushy parents chose for her. Now, half a country away, she needs a tiny house to finally be free.
If These Walls Could Talk, by Pamela S. Meyers
Both claim to have inherited the same Queen Anne until an unexpected blessing changes everything.
First Love, by Yvonne Anderson
Betrayed by her husband and desperate for healing, she can only move forward by going back home.
Dash of Pepper, by Kimberli S. McKay
His responsibilities tie him to the small town he loves, but her career plans will lead her to the big city. Will he cut his roots for her or will she clip her wings for him?
Big Love, by Michael Ehret
Homelessness expanded her world and constricted his. Now she needs his help, but he only remembers the pain. Can they find big love in a tiny house?
The Light Holding Her, by Chandra Lynn Smith
Friends since childhood. She’s being stalked. He’s in danger. Is their faith big enough to carry them through the trials into a deeper relationship?
While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, award-winning author Ane Mulligan has worn many: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that’s a fancy name for a lobbyist), CEO of a Community Theatre group, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. Ane resides in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband. You can find her on her website, Amazon Author page, Novel Rocket, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.
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