Shadow Whispers, the final book in the Night Guardian series, is on the shelves at last! All the secrets of the Navajo Skinwalkers are revealed. Plus, it’s a fun story of two tough and lonely souls.
But when this book is put to bed, it’s really over. After writing six books in the series (and one connected online serial,) seeing those characters go is bittersweet. I lived with the wonderful Brotherhood heroes for the better part of three years, and not having to think, dream and write about them feels a lot like my best friend moved away.
At this point I can’t even remember how I came up with the men of the Brotherhood. One was an FBI agent. One both a medicine man and a western MD. Another one was a reservation cop, and his friend a college professor at the local college. I wrote one of the men as an artist—a silversmith and sand painter. Ah, but he was both a dream and a challenge. And the hero of the last book, Shadow Whispers, is a bounty hunter stranger who comes to the reservation for his own agenda and stays to help the Brotherhood.
Interesting. But how did I get there? I’m in the beginning stages of plotting a new series and I’m stuck. What interesting careers can I give to my new heroes and heroines? I googled new careers and found careers such as: a life coach, a professional organizer, a home stager and a pet behaviorist. Then I went to another site and found: a disease mapper (ewww- they do global maps of malaria) a Radiosurgeon (zaps organs with a Cyberknife) and a Second Life lawyer (who works mainly in the virtual world.)
All note worthy, and I’m sure fine and upstanding, career possibilities. But none of those really captured my imagination. I need help! Are there any particular jobs that you just love seeing in books? Do you pick up every cowboy/ranch-owner book you can find, for instance? Or maybe pilots really turn you on. Perhaps I should stick to undercover agents for real or imagined government agencies.
I’ll take all the suggestions I can get. Do you know of any careers few people have heard of yet? Do you have a job in mind that you’ve never seen used in a book but would love to see? Or would you rather read a new twist on the old cop story?
Any and all ideas will be gratefully accepted.