Getting cozy

Remember my last blog post where I announced that I was combining my three partial novels into one novel with three main characters, three points of view? I’ve scrapped that idea and moved on to a new one that is certain to be my final one.


You’re probably wondering what possible iteration is left. Drum roll, please. Two novels! “It Takes A Village Store” has transmogrified back into a standalone novel. A cozy, no less. (You may sense the influence of a few of my writing group members.)

I was surprised at how easy it was to transform “It Takes A Village Store” into a cozy. Deciding who to kill was easy–he was an existing, dislikable character. Adding more characters, potential murderers and their motives, was easy as well. Amazing how far you can get without a plot. I’ve volunteered to submit a plot outline to my writing group at our next meeting. Always a challenge for me, a pantser, to quantify my story. Especially before writing it. The other challenge is that my daughter and her family from Virginia (her house is the setting for “The Intruder”/”He’s All She Has”) arrive tomorrow and leave Sunday. And Sunday is Easter.

Excuses, excuses. Don’t worry, dear writing group members, I’ll submit an outline and you’ll help me revise it. And revise it.

That leaves the other two novels fitting together perfectly into one–mother, Anne, and daughter, Olivia. In love with the same man. I’ll definitely have to develop a different take on this overdone concept. Anyway, that’s way off into the future at the rate that I write…



Sunset in Arizona

About Karen Whalen

A contemporary fiction and domestic suspense writer with an accumulation of incomplete novels and short stories, I spend half the year in NH with our youngest daughter and family and the remainder of the year in Arizona with our other two daughters and their families. This arrangement allows my husband to golf year-round. I am fortunate that my daughters live in places I would have retired to all on my own!

Posted on March 21, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Kathy Lynn Emerson, who also writes as Kaitlyn Dunnett, has a daily writing goal of one whole scene! If I wrote that fast, I could have done five or twenty drafts of my cozy! If anybody has advice on how to speed up, please speak up.


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