So While I Was Waiting…

I started another book while I was trying to figure out what to do with the first book.

As a new writer, I’d been looking for the perfect tale to tell, the perfect story to share, the perfect novel to pen for the masses. When I heard about Pelican Book Group’s Passport to Romance series, I was intrigued and excited. Could I do that? Write a book set in a foreign country with different customs and perhaps a different language? A writer friend of mine pointed me toward the website and I found what I was looking for.

What wonderful, exotic land could I write about? I’ve heard time and time again, that a writer (especially a new writer) should write what they know, so I decided on The Philippines. Why? My brother lives there, he has lived there for more than 30 years, and I have been privileged to visit. What better resource than a person who actually resides in this tropical country?

In Manila Marriage App, I even modeled my hero after my brother, using a premise he has joked about for years. He’s single, relatively good-looking (okay, he’s a handsome guy, but don’t tell him I said so or it’ll go to his head), and as a seminary professor/missionary/minister, to say that he is busy is like saying longhaired cats shed in the summer. Duh. He has no time to meet women he might potentially consider for the sacred position of wife. He only has rare opportunities to meet an educated, outgoing lady, with compatible interests, and a similar calling. What he needed was a marriage application so that interested women could apply in an easy, straightforward manner, and so he could select likely candidates at his leisure. He would pick the best of the bunch, fly them to him, and choose a “winner.” Easy as a Sunday morning…or at least it could be.

What a concept in this day and age! Of course he didn’t mean a word of it (he has a strange sense of humor), but what if he did? He had only to put an ad in a Christian magazine asking for submissions. He has a lot to offer, and as we all know, there are many more females in this world than males, and some of them are mighty desperate. Dating sites can be dangerous, church socials have fallen by the wayside, and what better way to find a good Christian man? He’s a missionary for crying out loud. How much more spiritual can you get?

Great. I had book two started. Now what?