My process has evolved over the years, not just with gaining more experience as I’ve written more books, but also from adapting to writing multiple books a year. But for what it’s worth, here’s a peek behind the curtain.
I usually start with a vague idea of where the story is going, and a very loose outline of the main plot points. If it’s an existing series (like adding Blink to the Treasure Trail world), I already know the names of the main and supporting characters, key locations, and some history. The fun of existing series, especially with romance, is to get to know all the characters a little better in each book, give them some new insights into themselves, and move the relationship along to a new level. So I’ll make notes to myself about those elements—either ideas I’ve already had or reminders that I need to address later.
Next is usually research. I try to base the hauntings, magic, monsters and historic elements on something real, and then take some authorial liberties to adjust for the story. If possible, I love to find things that actually happened in the book’s location, but I’ll also ‘relocate’ a good element from elsewhere if it suits the plot. This is where I get ideas for the subplots and flesh those out. Sometimes, I’ll find something that is so good I’ll change a main plot element to be able to use it!
I try to set books/series in places that I’m familiar with so I can do a better job of capturing the location’s ‘vibe’. Since I can’t always plan a trip to do additional research, I’ve learned to use what I can find on Google images and YouTube, plus Google Earth. Those are amazing resources that help me see locations so I can get the details right.
Telling the story requires thinking about pacing as well as plot, so I try to plan out chapters and the sequence of what happens so that there’s a mix of action and discussion. If I know what’s going to happen in the next book (the big pieces, anyhow) I will drop some hints.
Once all those things are done, I write a detailed outline so I can see how the story flows, balance action and dialogue, and make sure I know what needs to happen in each chapter. I also need to make sure that I’ve dropped enough hints (foreshadowing) that things happening later in the book don’t just show up out of nowhere. The outline often changes as I get into the writing and move things around, but it’s an essential way for me to gather my thoughts and avoid needing massive revisions later.
Then I put my butt in my chair and write.
by Morgan Brice
August 31, 2021
Genre: MM Supernatural SuspenseGhosts always remember. Mobsters never forget.
Erik Mitchell helped Interpol bust cartels, oligarchs, and spoiled billionaires for art fraud. As an undercover cop, Ben Nolan helped bring down a Newark crime family. Now Erik and Ben have started over in Cape May, leaving their danger-filled jobs behind them, excited about a fresh start and their new relationship.
Plans to renovate a historic old theater stir up dangerous ghosts and revive interest in unsolved Mob hits. The curse of a murdered witch strikes a close friend, old movie props reveal clues to long-ago crimes, and a shakedown scheme sends Ben’s cousin running for cover.
Time is running out to lift the curse. The Russian Mob wants revenge on Erik, and the Newark Mob is gunning for Ben. A grieving ghost seeks justice. Secrets, lies, and deception unravel in the blink of an eye.
Erik and Ben were planning for happily ever after. But unless they can outwit witches, wraiths, and wise guys, they could go down in a hail of gunfire and a blast of dark magic—and see their plans go up in smoke.
Blink is a suspenseful MM paranormal romance mystery-adventure filled with second chance love, hurt/comfort, true soulmates, awesome food trucks, dangerous secrets, restless ghosts, psychic visions, powerful witches, angry mobsters, and a very haunted theater.
Book Two in the Treasure Trail series.
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by Morgan Brice
June 26, 2019
Erik Mitchell traveled the world uncovering art fraud and relic theft, which pitted him against spoiled billionaires, unscrupulous collectors, mobsters, and cartels. He worked with law enforcement across the U.S. and Europe, but then a sting goes wrong, Erik ends up injured and returns to find his partner cheating. He decides to stop globetrotting and buy an antique shop in scenic Cape May, NJ, rebuild his life, and nurse his broken heart.
Undercover Newark cop Ben Nolan went down in a hail of bullets when a bust went sideways, after a tip-off from a traitor inside the department. When he recovers, he spends a couple of years as a private investigator, only to tire of seeing the worst of human nature. So when his aunt offers him the chance to take over her rental real estate business in Cape May, it seems too good to be true. Now if he could just believe he could ever be lucky again in love.
Sparks fly when Erik and Ben meet. But when a cursed hotel’s long-ago scandals resurface, the two men are pulled into a web of lies, danger, and deception that will test their bond—and might make them Cape May’s newest ghosts!
Treasure Trail contains sexually explicit material intended for adults 18 and over. This is book #1 in the Treasure Trail series.
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Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.
On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.
Series include Witchbane, Badlands, Treasure Trail, Kings of the Mountain and Fox Hollow. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!
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