Let's Talk with Maggie Toussaint
Let’s Talk with Maggie Toussaint
When something old is new
This series sprang from my very first mystery ever written. Like many first attempts, it wasn’t ready for prime time, though I polished it and polished it. At one point I decided it was the Third Person point of view that I didn’t like, so I went through the whole story, all 75,000 words changing to a First Person point of view. A few publishers showed interest and I rewrote it a few more times. Meanwhile, I wrote other books and one of them got picked up. The first book got left behind in a cloud of dust.
Then in late 2015, a writing friend approached me about writing a romantic mystery novella for an anthology she planned to publish. I didn’t have time to build a new world and characters but this story about Lindsey & Ike came to mind. Surely it would be easy to trim it down to size by taking out the sub plot and eliminating two or three murder suspects. I committed to the project, and then I realized how hard it was to murder my darlings. Somehow, by the grace of God, I pared it down to about 22,000 words.
By then I fell in love with those characters again, so I wrote two additional novellas for other anthologies. I waited until this year to issue them individually and in my own collection. I love the cartoon covers for the individual books and for the boxed set.
With ocean colors on all the individual covers above, it’s clear that this series is set near the seashore. I hope you’ll take a chance on Lindsey & Ike if you haven’t already. It’s like creating your own beach getaway in December.
LINDSEY & IKE MYSTERIES: THE COMPLETE SERIES
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