Thinking of Using the Same Plot But Switching Books

I’m thinking of using the plot for Runaway Bride but making it a historical western.  In case someone doesn’t know, Runaway Bride is about a woman who is engaged and on her wedding day decides to run off with the hero.  

My heart is in historicals.  I prefer to write those, and if I can work it in, I’d like to make this one a historical. 

Actually, I should probably make Just Good Friends a historical western, too. 

The Larsons have a big family, and I have plans to write at least 20 more Nebraska books.  The Runaway Bride and Just Good Friends plots would work fine as historical westerns.  I am doing a couple of Montana books (Mitch’s Win and Not The Marrying Kind), but I keep going back to the Larson family and their friends.  I want to do books about the children of Richard, Tom, Sally, Dave, and Joel.  I also want to pair a couple of those children up with Joseph and Margaret’s (from A Husband for Margaret) children, and I introduced Isaac Larson’s two friends in Isaac’s Decision, and I already see their stories forming in my mind.  In Her Heart’s Desire, I introduce Vivian (who is a minor character in the book who can’t stand a boy named Hugh, and later on they end up together but not without a lot of resistance because she doesn’t like him at all in Her Heart’s Desire).  As I write more books for the Nebraska Collection, the ideas keep coming for more.  That hasn’t happened with the other series I’ve done.  But you can see why I can easily do 20+ more books set in the Nebraska world. 

So I plan to branch out and expand beyond the Larsons but the Larsons will still be my focal point. 

I hope all of that makes sense.  

But anyway, this is what I’m thinking of doing.  I’ll give it a couple of months.  I don’t want to rush into a decision.

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6 Responses to Thinking of Using the Same Plot But Switching Books

  1. Is this book just not working for you as a contemporary? I’m sure it will be fine no matter which way you go with it. 🙂

    • I’m not really sure what it is about contemporaries. I enjoy reading them, but when it comes to writing them, it’s harder to get into the groove with it. I like the ideas, but it’s hard to get motivated to write them. I think it’s because I have such a strong leaning toward writing historicals. However, I love to read horror but can’t for the life of me write them. That would be another genre that I couldn’t write, though I love it. 😀

  2. Kesia Saenz says:

    Awww I would love to ready Runaway Bride as a Contemporary but it also sounds interesting and plausible as a historical….hmmm…. would you write both or just stick it out with one version??

    • Probably one version because it gets confusing when you get two versions of something. I learned that the hard way with Life Mate and Suddenly a Bride. I still get emails about both books from time to time. Even setting up the FAQ page hasn’t helped much.

  3. lynelleclark says:

    Sounds interesting

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