Will I Write Another Dave and Mary Story? (An Inside Look at How I Brainstorm for Novel Ideas)


I’m not opposed to it, but I have yet to come up with a plot that is as compelling as Eye of the Beholder.  The thing is, this book would be a sequel, and typically sequels don’t do as well as the originals, you know?  So I’d need a plot that would compel me to write it.

And I’m a huge fan of romances because of that falling in love feeling, which is why I haven’t done a book where the couple has already been married.  I also love writing romances because I get to experience those new feelings when you find that special someone, and what’s even better is that I get to experience it every time I write a new book.

So part of what holds me back on the Dave and Mary second story is that they’ve already fallen in love.  Unless, one of them gets amnesia.  I’m not sure how that would work or if that’s so “cheesy” it’d get booed as soon as I published it.  And just so you all know, I brainstormed that idea as I’m writing this post.

I’ve done a lot of brainstorming with people over the past two years on what might make a good story for Dave and Mary.  Ideas of them going back East to visit her family and what might happen while they are there were at the forefront of the list.  However, I don’t think I care to write about the East Coast.  For one, I haven’t lived there, and I like to write about areas I’ve lived.  The exception to the was Virginia.  I’m not sure why I picked Virginia, of all places, but I did.  After that, though, I’ve stuck with areas I’ve been to, like Alaska, Florida, North Dakota and now Nebraska.  And if anyone wonders, out here in Nebraska, it can snow and be in the zero degrees one week and sunny and 35 the next.  Snow doesn’t usually last long around here, so when I write a sleigh in one scene and then a buggy in the following week in another scene, that is Nebraska weather for you.  In North Dakota and Alaska, the snow pretty much stuck around, so I wouldn’t swap out the sleigh and buggy in those states.  Of course, Florida needs no sleigh, though we did have an inch of snow back in 1993 when I first lived there (thanks to my parents who moved while I was a senior in high school).  That snowfall was so exciting we took pictures.  Within an hour, it was gone.

Ah, the memories.  Anyway, as for the second Dave and Mary story, I think it’d have to be in Nebraska to hold my interest.  I love the western US, and I love western romances even more.  So the only thing I have is the amnesia angle.  Done to death already?  Lame?  Worth a look into?  I’m not sure.  I’m thinking Mary might be the one who’d get amnesia and have to learn to adjust to being a wife and mother.  Perhaps she could go to Maine to meet her family and learn about her roots.

Now there’s an idea that might work.  Let me think on it.

*If anyone ever wondered how I brainstorm and come up with ideas, that’s how I do it, and that’s the thought process I go through.  And I already know what the title would be.  It would be To Have and To Hold (based off wedding vows here in the United States where couple promise to have and to hold their husband/wife from this day forward, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, in good times and bad, etc).  I see this book as being the enduring of love through good and bad times.

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to www.ruthannnordin.com or check out https://ruthannnordinauthorblog.wordpress.com.
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10 Responses to Will I Write Another Dave and Mary Story? (An Inside Look at How I Brainstorm for Novel Ideas)

  1. mitchelle says:

    another Dave and Mary story? yes! i’m actually waiting for you to mention something about my favorite Nebraska couple. and i think the amnesia thing will work once you did your magic Ruth. 🙂 i’ve actually read something like that but it is the hero that got amnesia in that book.
    well i just hope that Dave and Mary will come to you soon for their story! (cross fingers)

  2. mitchelle says:

    now everything is all set! i won’t bother you anymore.. LOL! 🙂 gosh i’m super duper excited with this one…

  3. Merilyn says:

    Thanks for considering my comment 🙂 …………. I jus love Dave ;-)………..

    • I’m really glad you said something. I was working on an idea for two years for the second book but couldn’t come up with anything. Then you mentioned it and a day later, I had that “spark” of inspiration. So many thanks! You came at the right time with the question. 😀

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