Monday, January 23, 2012

A New Series For CJ

Hey all,

I thought I'd mix things up a bit and talk about what I'm going to be working on for the next few months.  Since it has a lot to do with where I am and where I've been, I thought it pertinent.  LOL

As you may know, my FREE READ is set in my old hometown of Macau.  It's an exciting story about love amidst the complicated world of Asian traditions, casinos and the world of dance.  Hustle into Love is my nod towards that great little island, and I had so much fun doing it, I thought I'd see if I should continue.

Well, the answer is YES!  I've gotten numerous emails asking me to keep doing stories about where I'm living or traveling.  And since I've been on every continent now except Africa (soon!) and Antarctica (working on it) I've got lots of memories to work with.

One of the requirements I already put on myself when I write a book is I MUST have visited the area I set it in.  Actually set my pretty little toes in the place.  San Francisco, California (Peacekeeper Chronicles), British Colombia, Canada (The Beasthuntress), Nashville, Tennessee (Second Chances Series) and Cocoa Beach, Florida (Luck Be a Lady) are just a few.  Every story has a new location to share.  

Even my fantasy stories, like Mylari: Eyes of Fire and More Than a Warrior follow this criteria.   For example Mylari's mystical world was based on the majestic redwoods of northern California.  And More Than a Warrior's high craggy peaks are taken from the memory of my time in the Austrian alps.

It's a beautiful world out there, so why not take advantage of all the marvelous things I've seen?  Yep!  I'll put them in a book!

But I wanted to do something even more special.  Something very much...ME!  And when Jonathon got the job with Cirque du Soleil, I found it.  A perfect way to highlight something so very important to me.  My love of traveling. 

Cirque goes from city to city to put on our show, Corteo.  Depending on the city, we can be there a few weeks to a few months.  But that's plenty of time for me to absorb the flavor of the city and let the wind blow my way whatever story it wants me to write.  

Let's take Paris for example.  I had no idea what story would be birthed out of the month I stayed there.  I didn't look for an idea.  Didn't need to.  I knew when the time came, whatever story the wind wanted me to have would just appear.  I'd know it when I saw it.

And that's exactly what happened.  I was walking through the Père Lachaise Cemetery oohing and aahing over the beautiful tombs there when BAMM, it hit me.  The story unfolded so quickly I stayed the rest of the day wandering the cemetery and dreaming it into existence.  (Now you know why I spent eight hours in the place!)

A handsome ghost from France's revolutionary times, a lovely photographer who's come to take pictures of all the unique and beautiful tombs.  Add a bit of special CJ magic and you have a story that promises to be hauntingly romantic. 

While I may not have time to write the story out when I'm in that city, I'll do all the research and get the outline done.  Then, if necessary, I'll write it in the next city.

And no, to answer your unasked question, I haven't been told the story about Barcelona yet.  The wind is still silent.  LOL

I've decided, unlike Hustle into Love which was a FREE READ, I'm going to publish the stories I write during my travels with Cirque du Soleil.  I'll choose a single publisher to have them and the series will be called something that emphasizes the traveling theme.  I have to think on the name a bit more.

Each story will be novella length which will give me time to write so many, plus I want it affordable for my readers.  If they want to know about where I've been, this will be a perfect way to get the flavor of each city.

So, there you have it!  My newest endeavor.  Of course, this won't stop me from working on other things.  I've got one new story nearly finished and the Mylari sequel is in it's final stages as well.  I'll be busy, but not too busy to continue enjoying the wonderful life God has given me.

After all, since I was born under a wandering star I might as well take advantage of it, right?

Hugs and see you next time!



Ray said...

Great idea. I love reading about places I've been. In your blog the only place I haven't been is Austria. Of course I've never been to Macau. I've been close, Hong Kong. A book about Paris and of course Barcelona are a must for me.

I can't help remembering some friends going to see Picasso the first time I was in Barcelona. I wasn't able to go. The next time he was dead. Just about every gift shop in Barcelona has Salvadore Dali mugs, etc.

Of all the places and things I've seen in Barcelona I loved the people watching in Las Ramblas the most.

Phylis said...

You have me sooooo excited about your new works!!! Can't wait for them to be done! lol And that the Mylari Chronicles continue!!!! Whoot! Hope you still plan on posting the pics of the cemetery, sometime! Have fun and be inspired!

CJ England said...

Thanks Ray. I've got some ideas already, but I'm waiting on the wind for the final okay. LOL

I plan to go to the Salvador Dali museum north of Barcelona one day this next couple weeks. The more I travel, the more I'm enjoying the art I discover. Antoni Gaudi is a new favorite!

CJ England said...


I'm writing the story as we speak. I've actually got two I dreamed in Paris, so one might wind up being the next FREE READ. Still not sure on that.

Cemetery pics should be up sometime this week. It's slow going, but at least it's working. LOL I'll give the photobucket addy once it's all uploaded.