Welcome To Fat Chance, Texas – and my website.
When Kensington Books offered me a new book series, but wanted a new locale, it was almost as if my boss offered me a great new job, but with the stipulation I would have to move to a new state. I felt many of the same emotions – grateful for being noticed, nervous about packing up everything I knew, but most of all, scared that I was leaving behind family and friends.
Luckily, I got to take one of my friends with me. Dymphna, the rabbit-raising free-spirit from MUCH ADO ABOUT MOTHER was singled out by Kensington to make the trip with me.
That’s where the comparison of being offered a brick-and-mortar job relocation and writing a novel set in a new place ends. If I were actually being sent somewhere new, the somewhere would presumably exist (for sake of argument, fantasy and this analogy, I’m pretending I was offered a job in London). But now that I knew Dymphna and I were heading off to parts unknown, I had to create the unknown.
While I knew we could go anywhere, I decided to stay in America. Wow, America is a big place! I started poking around the 50 states to find the perfect fit for my new story. I settled on Texas after stumbling upon a quote by the actor Malcolm McDowell –
“The definition of insanity in Texas is so insane that it's impossible to be insane in Texas.”
The perfect place for Dymphna and the new quirky characters who would soon populate the ghost-town of Fat Chance!
The past two years of being an author have taken me from Southern California to the Hill Country of Texas. What a long, strange trip it’s been! Thank you for taking the journey – and relocating - with me.