I wrote the Vicarage Bench Series many years ago – when I first decided I could – should become an author. At the time, I understood it would take a lot of work, many classes, and listening to others who knew what I needed to learn.
Eventually, thinking I had everything under control, I actually joined a Wild Rose Press Publisher’s contest and wrote my first novella called “She’s Me”. The rules were that the heroine had to walk through a gate and go back in time. Of course, as was my habit of not following directions easily, I had my girl go through a gate, sit on a vicarage bench, prick her finger on a magic rose, and go back to 1963… into the body of another female.
I could imagine this beautiful, spoiled, extroverted model from today’s world forced to deal with the subdued spirits of a very shy, chubby librarian from whose faith in herself was sorely lacking.
How much fun I had imagining two people living in one body, their thoughts shared between them so they could communicate.
Creating this delightfully humorous story as a romance worked like magic. I was thrilled. I guess the folks at Wild Rose Press were too. After I sent it away, they soon notified me that though they couldn’t put it in the contest, they would like to publish it as a stand-alone novella.
Soon, my editor suggested I write another in a similar vein, two spirits trapped in one body, and along came “He’s Her”. Not long after, I wrote “We’re one”. Wild Rose decided those three stories would work very well in a collection and so today it’s available as the Vicarage Bench Anthology.
Not wanting to stick with short stories, I soon decided this concept of two spirits co-existing in one body could be flushed out into full-length romances. I started writing the Together books where you’ll find many of the same characters. – Together Again, Together for Christmas, and Together Always.
***The other day, I was on the book page for Together for Christmas – probably my favorite book in the series if not one of the all-around favorites I ever wrote and was stunned to see the many wonderful reviews that book had garnered over the years. It seems that the readers enjoyed my far-fetched fantasies too.
Wanting you to have the experience of the spirit-travel phenomenon yourself, I have put the Vicarage Bench Anthology on sale for the next week. From $3.99 to only $0.99.
***Please grab my gift and enjoy stretching your imagination.