Most people know I began my writing career with a series of books about the Malloy family with the release of The Bounty in 2004. They were conjured in my imagination in 1880s Wyoming and guided me through a total of 8 books. Then in 2009, I ended that series on the 8th book, Hell for Leather.
Fast forward to 2013 and I received so many emails about continuing the Malloy series, I took a step back and considered it. One idea from a reader was to write the parents’ story, John and Francesca. I’d been mulling it over for a bit when I saw a tv show about a pawn shop and the wonderful little object someone brought in, le petit protector, a tiny gun that was a ring.
That was the catalyst to write John and Francesca’s story, The Fortune. And of course, Francesca had 3 sisters, for 3 additional books.
Then last year I decided to publish the “missing” Ethan Malloy story, a novella, The Present, book 8.5.
It’s very hard to say goodbye again to the Malloys. Have I considered branching off and writing books about Francesca’s sister’s children? Of course I have! Will I? I don’t know… maybe. I’m a fan of some series that branch out to continue, but I also don’t want to overstay my welcome or make it so difficult readers can’t keep track of characters!
Regardless of how I decide to continue, the Malloys will always be my first family. I’ve felt a part of their clan, through their ups and downs, for the last 12 years since I first wrote The Bounty. The book that began a legacy that continues. For now, right?
If you’d like to read about the Malloy family series, I have a series page on my website. For now, I’m going to savor the last few months in anticipation of The Gem and hug my Malloys close to my heart.
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