Maybe the title should be Big News and a Few Minor Tweaks, but that just doesn’t have the same ring to it. So Big News, Big Changes it is!
First for the Big News…Most of you already know that I’m taking us back to Wells Landing! My publisher just offered on the next three books in the series! Technically it’s a spin-off, but it’s set in Wells Landing so there ya, go! But what most of you don’t know is that I just signed a three-book contract to write (drum roll, please) contemporary cozy mystery!
That’s right! I’m writing a new mystery series set in a small-town Mississippi bookstore. It centers around this unique store, but specifically around the book club that meets there each week. That’s all I can say for now, but I’m so excited for you to meet Arlo (the bookstore owner) and Chole (her best friend and business partner).
With this new contract, one thing became very clear to me. Amy Writes Romance dot com wasn’t covering my writing any longer. Now there’s no way I’m changing that. When I first started my website another Amy Lillard had already scooped up the dot com, leaving me to take the dot net or come up with something different. Amy Writes Romance popped into my head and refused to go away. So my website was born. But at the time, I had no idea I would be writing mystery. I never even dreamed of such a thing.
So how did I go from romance writer to romance and mystery writer? Well, some of it had to do with an editor’s request and some of it had to do with my agent. If you’ve read my posts you probably know that my former agent, Mary Sue Seymour, gave me the best advice of my career: “you’re a writer, write it.” At the time she was talking about me taking the chance and writing Amish fiction, but it applied here as well. I was approached about writing a mystery in a continuation series. They wanted an Amish writer to pen the book since the main suspect in that edition was Amish. Well, why not?
And a new branch of my career began. That book is Unsavory Notions (though I wanted to call it Death and Cherry Pie. Oh, well…) But one book led to another with the same publisher, this one not Amish, and from there the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries came. Then Kappy King and now a new series. Something had to change. But not Amy Writes Romance. That would never change.
So I invite you to join my new website, www.AmyWritesMysteries.com! Yeah, yeah, I know, but it was too cute to pass up. What you’ll find there is everything to do with my mysteries, those already published and those coming up. If you want to know more about these books and all things dealing with me writing mysteries, be sure to pop over there and click the follow button under the NEWS tab. All my Amish mysteries will be here on this new site.
What you won’t find there is romance. Amy Writes Romance will be reserved for all things romance, including the news that goes out in my blog posts—like this one. If you just want to know about my romance novels, you don’t have to do a thing. You already follow this blog and will be receiving updates as I post them. All my Amish romances will be listed here.
All my books about the Amish will also be on Amy’s Amish Adventures along with all my personal “Amish adventures,” like my upcoming trip to Pennsylvania. I’ve got a few more Amish trips planned this year, including a visit to the Clarita School Auction and Choteau’s Black Buggy Days.
Now no one panic. I’ll give everyone time to adjust to the changes, I promise. But you have to promise in return not to get annoyed with double posts until everyone gets their following straight. Deal? I figure until the end of the year. Sound good to you? Don’t worry, that’s not nearly as many posts as it seems. I only have one more mystery coming out this year. So it’s all good.
I hope everyone is as excited about this new opportunity as I am. I understand that some of you only read books about the Amish and that’s just fine with me, but for those of you whose reading choices are a little broader, I hope you’ll join me in this exciting new leg of my career.
Questions? I’m only a comment or email away. Until then, Happy reading everyone!