In my head, the Marti series has three installments. The first is done, Marti, which I self-published last Jan (2008). The second, the sequel, Am I My Brother's Keeper?, I have begun. In fact, I've completed the first chapter and have a very good start on chapter 2, which I hope to wrap up soon. I've still not fleshed out the outline, but I do know the story I want to tell. It's a matter of finding the words to tell a compelling story. And as a writer, it's hard sometimes to get into a creative flow and it's easy when once you do, to stall again.
I do have some concerns about the third installment of the series. My concerns regard its initial plot, one that I'd developed years ago when I first began Marti. Now, that I've had time to think it over, lots of time, I'm not exactly sure if I still want to go in the direction that I had originally planned. Of course, my husband still likes where I planned to take the third book, and I still may do so. It's one of those things where I'll have to cross that bridge when I get to it. In the meantime, I continue to plow away at the sequel, and hope the words come to me.
Here's the Am I My Brother's Keeper? brief synopsis/summary:
The Marti saga picks up some four years later, where Marti and Leslie are seemingly perfectly content in wedded bliss until their personal desires lead them in two entirely different directions. Marti’s strong urge to enter the world of fatherhood is duped by Leslie’s desire to further her career as an educator. When the two’s colliding ambitions come to head, not only is their marriage left hanging in the balance, but an unexpected third-party enters the mix—Marti’s younger parole brother Donald—and poses even more threat, leaving Marti pondering the question: “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”
This story unfolds as never before and demonstrates just how easily any marriage or relationship—even one held as seemingly perfect—can be rocked to its core when two people have different ideas about the future.