Behind the scenes changes …

With all the issues surrounding Facebook and privacy, I’m making changes to how the Annika Steele page is hosted on FB, so there won’t be any posts there for a while. I’ll be posting here instead!

I had fun today taking pictures of historical buildings in a small town that I’m using as a stand-in for the setting of my new trilogy. I’m definitely in “research” phase, and having a little too much fun constructing the back story of the town and my characters.


Plotting out a new story is like playing in a really big, empty sandbox. I keep picking up new toys to put in the sand. I play with some of them …. and, nope, out you go. Hey–look at that. Oooooh, shiny!  Eventually, I settle on some favorites, give them names, and start dreaming up trouble for the toys to get into.

I’ve got a town, a name, a trio of siblings–each, of course, who will get their own story, and the fuzziest idea of a plot that needs a lot of fleshing out. But since I’m a character-driver writer, that means I need to get to know these new people. What do they like? What do they do after work? What’s their pet peeve? Who is their best friend? Yeah, all that stuff.

Our siblings have landed into a new situation that’s going to change their lives. (Of course.) How will they react and who will they meet along the way? There’s the story, right there.

World-building is my favorite part of writing. Once I know the setting and the characters, the story flows.

Time to get to work. I’ve got a trilogy to write.