Always on the hunt for new ideas I’m writing a new novel. I hesitate to call it a romance novel even though it revolves around a relationship between mature adults. It isn’t steamy – I leave those stories up to author Chantel Tiatrakul – but something a little more my style. Yes, someone dies. There is always some form of fantasy or violence in my stories so you won’t get bored. But, I think this one falls into the category of literary fiction.
The main character, Meg, is a bit of a recluse living on the shore in a broken down beach house. She drags her vegetables into town each day to sell them at her produce stand and has no friends. Friends are a liability. But, is she really a destitute hermit living off the proceeds of her meager garden?
Alex is an artist that has recently moved into the small island community of Sandhill. His pastel still-life work sells but it is not what he wants to paint. No one asked where he came from or how he got to their tiny island in the Texas gulf coast but, he might be running from a past he doesn’t want to talk about.
Jon is Meg’s son and an attorney in a large firm in Houston. He is embarrassed by his mother’s lifestyle and is afraid his fiancée, Victoria, will not accept her.
Mike the tugboat captain of The Mosquito, has a past too. He thinks he knows who Meg was and is quick to try to make a buck off her.
The Beach House, a work of literary fiction, is written in my latest genre. It takes a lot of twists and turns and evolves into a story of love and change. Does Meg live the way she does because she has to? And what secrets do the other characters have from their past that they are trying to hide – or capitalize on? The Beach House is a work in progress and I hope to tell you more about it in the near future.