The Next Big Thing

Updated: May 12


It’s never too early to begin thinking about the next big thing, right? And in my case, it’s an idea for my next novel in Pigeon Grove. It doesn’t have a name yet, or even a definitive theme, but I’m pretty certain it will center around the characters of Samantha Charles and Luca Moretti, two mainstays in my Pigeon Grove novels thus far. But as life often teaches us, things may change, we’ll see.


It happened three years ago. Ironically, it was the same year I had forgotten about The Hideaway by Lauren Denton, I made my way to a movie theater, by myself, to watch this musical movie, La La Land.


I went in with zero expectations and emerged from the theater a changed person. The music, the characters, and the immersive story included a coming-of-age story on the adult level mixed with a jovial whimsy reminiscent of Mary Poppins. In short, it was captivating.


It wasn’t a happily-ever-after story, but it helped me see things from a different perspective. I began to appreciate what it means to pursue one’s dreams and the sacrifices we make along the way. Are they worth it? And how do we figure out what those most important things are to us, especially when they seem to shift and morph with occurrences in our daily life?


So, honest to goodness, when I began writing these last few paragraphs, I really didn’t have a clue what my next Pigeon Grove novel was going to be about. But now, I wonder. Maybe I do already know more about its storyline than I think.


Do these questions resonate with you? Are these things you think about? They seem to be universal and lifelong thoughts that transcend age or any other perceived social separator. Go… read a book, watch a movie, get inspired, create, and stay tuned for more rambling thoughts from yours truly on where our next shared literary adventure may take us.

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