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Writing a Second Book and How It’s Different.

I probably have whole folders filled with ideas for future books. Ideas that get me all excited then I have to go to work and by the end of the day, I can’t remember half of the details. I have a few that I’ve been thinking about for a while.

I am actively working on something right now. It’s something that’s been in the development stages for about six to seven years. I have a habit of starting and then stopping to work on something else whenever I get it stuck in development hell, but this time around I’m sticking with it.

It’s different from my first book, Undead Redhead, in terms of themes and the fact that it’ll feature a romance at its center. That’s something I’ve never felt too confident about writing. As I’ve slowly discovered over time, the things I find romantic are not what most people would think of when the word “love” comes to mind. Think Hannibal and Will Graham from Hannibal, and you’ll be close to understanding what I find lovey-dovey in fiction.

I included a minor romance before but still kept things vague, so it comes off more implied than concrete. This time I want it to be the focal point. It’s also more straightforward than my previous book but still very rooted in the supernatural.

When I say straightforward, I mean it's clearer about what’s happening as opposed to Undead Redhead where there are parts that are purposely surreal. The working title is Snakes Have Blue Eyes, it’s a title taken from an earlier draft that really no longer applies but I still like it.

Rachel Roth

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