I have always loved horses and the idea of living on a ranch. Because of that love, it seemed natural to make the setting of my first novel, Ruby’s Legacy, a ranch in East Texas.
Note: The working title for this book was Saving the Land. But I changed it to Ruby’s Legacy, because I felt it reflected more of what the story is really about.
Ruby’s Legacy is the story of Dr. Jay Johnson, a twenty-eight year old horse trainer and college professor, who must give up her career and move home to save her family's ancestral ranch - the only place she feels whole.
However, returning is much harder than she expected. Not only does her estranged father not want her help, but a vicious, faceless predator begins sending her threatening letters and putting her animals and family in danger.
If Jay has any hope of saving the land and people she loves, she will have to embrace the magical gifts she's been hiding to find Ruby’s Legacy, and trust people she barely knows to help her - even though one of them may be the person trying to destroy her family and steal Ruby’s Legacy for himself.
Current Story Status (Updated: 9/29/2019)
When I released the first draft of Saving the Land to Beta Readers they all responded that they liked the story, but it was too simple. They suggested I either change the audience to middle-grade or make the story more complex.
I didn’t want to change the audience. So, instead, I set about learning how to make a story more complex. I added characters, subplots, and because I just couldn’t resist it, I added more magic, too. At the end of the Second Draft, the story was much better.
But after months of work and that many changes, things can get a little messy. As a result, I’m working on revisions. I’m making sure that characters, even the four-legged-ones, have the same name throughout the story. The rules of magic at the beginning of the story must lead logically into the rules of magic at the end of the story. The characters need to add value not just wander around the ranch jabbering at each other. And all the plot threads that weave through the story need to be tied in a bow by the end. Keeping track of all this can be overwhelming at times, but each day I learn a little more about how to make it work. I’m having a blast. I’ve never found any creative outlet I enjoy as much as writing.
I plan to share all the interesting things I learn as I move through the process of writing and publishing this book. Make sure you’ve subscribed to my blog so you can get my updates.